Having a DIY Hand Sanitizer Alcohol Spray is the perfect on-the-go or at-home solution for hand sanitizer. While nothing replaces washing your hands, sometimes we’re in a pinch and it’s not possible. That’s where this simple, 2-ingredient DIY Hand Sanitizer Alcohol Spray comes into play.

Why not buy hand sanitizer instead? For starters, this DIY Hand Sanitizer Alcohol Spray is significantly cheaper. It uses just alcohol, water, and a spray bottle and is just as effective as store-bought sanitizers. Plus, it’s not always possible to buy hand sanitizer in stores. During the coronavirus outbreak, many cities across the US are selling out of basic amenities, including cleansing wipes, toilet paper, water gallons, and hand sanitizer.

Hand sanitizer can still be purchased online, like through Amazon, but price increases are not uncommon in times like these, and you may want the sanitizer ASAP.

Here’s how you make DIY Hand Sanitizer Alcohol Spray


  • 70% isopropyl alcohol (do not use denatured alcohol or vodka – must be at least 60% alcohol to be effective)
  • Water (though 70% isopropyl alcohol contains 30% water, adding additional water is crucial to help open the cell walls and allow the alcohol to do its job – don’t use the alcohol alone and follow the directions to have an effective hand sanitizer!)

Use a 1:2 ratio of isopropyl alcohol to cold water (i.e. 1/2 cup alcohol, 1 cup water) and add to a spray bottle. Shake and spray on hands when needed. Optional: for pleasantness, you may add essential oils to the mix (suggested: 10-20 drops), but they’re not needed.

water and alcohol hand sanitizer

Please note: As with any hand sanitizer, this DIY Hand Sanitizer Alcohol Spray will dry your hands out. It’s not as effective as washing your hands with soap and warm water but is great to use when running in and out of public places during flu (or coronavirus) season or when soap and water are unavailable.

Please use responsibly and remember to wash your hands regularly to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria.

A few additional quick tips to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • If you’re experiencing symptoms (i.e. a dry cough) stay home and avoid public places. If you must go out in public, use a mask to cover our mouth to protect others. Remember, only go to the doctor for coronavirus symptoms if it’s serious and you need medical attention. Going unnecessarily will further spread the virus, and at this time, the recommendation for mild cases is to stay home and rest.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water anytime you’re in a public place. Use effective hand washing techniques, washing for at least 30 seconds each time.
  • Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water.
  • Avoid unnecessary travel, especially to places heavily affected by the virus.