How to Make Your Own DIY Homemade Hand Cleanser with Essential Oils

Back to School Hand Cleaning Gel!

It’s back to school time!  And along with packing notebooks, pens, pencils, water bottles and snacks - all children need to make sure they have their personal hand cleaning gel with them in the classroom.

While at school, kids need to be mindful of keeping healthy and making sure their hands are free from germs. But hand sanitizing gels like Purell and other drugstore varieties, which are mostly loaded with synthetic ingredients, can be very harsh on children’s skin, and over time with repeated use, could potentially cause problems like rashes, adverse skin conditions and extreme dryness. 

To avoid this, why not make your child a home-made DIY version with ingredients you can trust!

Here is a simple DIY recipe for a hand cleaning gel that your child will love using, and not only will it soothe and protect their skin but it will also smell great!

The Recipe

What you’ll need to make your own essential oil hand gel recipe:

  • Measuring Spoons
  • Measuring cups with spouts, or a glass or small metal mixing bowl
  • Metal or glass stirrer, or metal spoon
  • 2 oz Plastic flip-top bottle


  • 2 oz (60 grams) Aloe Vera Gel
  • 1 tsp of Tamanu Oil

Here are the best smelling essential oils for hand gel recipe:


  1. Measuring out your Aloe Vera Gel and set aside
  2. In another measuring cup or small glass or metal bowl measure out the Tamanu oil and the essential oils and blend well.
  3. Slowly drizzle in the Aloe Vera Gel mixing continuously until all is well blended
  4. Pour into your 2 oz plastic flip-top bottle
  5. Shake gently and use!

Here is a breakdown of each ingredients and why we are using it in this recipe:

Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe Vera gel is the gel-like substance that is inside the long cactus-like leaves of the Aloe Vera Plant.  It has been shown to have a wide variety of skin soothing properties including calming redness and inflammation, soothing skin irritations, cooling the skin from sunburn, nourishing and fortifying weak delicate skin.

Tamanu Oil

Tamanu Oil

Tamanu Oil is expeller pressed from the nut of the Tamanu tree.  The oil has some amazing benefits for the skin because of its unique composition of certain essential fatty acids.  It has been shown to be antimicrobial, antibacterial and fortifying.

Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves of the Eucalyptus tree and has been shown to be a powerful agent to ward against infection and germs. It’s cleansing and fortifying and smells slightly minty.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves of the Tea Tree.  Like Eucalyptus, it also has some powerful antimicrobial and skin protective properties, but it is also very soothing to the skin and has been shown to support and encourage the skin’s innate ability to recover from injury and damage.

Lemon Oil

Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon essential oil is squeezed from the rind of the lemon fruit.  It has a very high percentage of a certain kind of molecule that has been shown to be very cleansing and detoxifying, and has the ability to cut through dirt and grime.  It has a bright uplifting aroma, and can even encourage us to focus and concentrate more effectively.

Geranium Oil

Geranium Essential Oil

Geranium essential oil is steam distilled from the fragrant floral scented leaves of this flowering bush.  The oil is composed of some unique molecules that has been shown to not only soothe and repair the skin from environmental stressors and damage, but also offers special protective and germ fighting benefits.

Clove Oil

Clove Essential Oil

Clove essential oil is steam distilled from the dried fruit buds of this tropical spice tree.  The oil is made up of constituents that are known to be powerful agents against all kinds of pathogens.  Plus its warming, spicy aroma can make us feel comforted and protected.

Making more plant-focused choices in our skin care can help us live a more natural lifestyle, and by making your own simple DIY products at home - like this hand cleaning gel - you are showing your children how plant based ingredients can often be a healthier choice!

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