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close up of fresh aloe vera

Fresh Aloe Vera + Vodka Hand Sanitizer

  • Author: Adriana
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: ~1 cup sanitizer
  • Category: Hand sanitizer
  • Method: Cold Prep


Fresh aloe vera and vodka may be an alternative option when stores are out of all common ingredients in DIY hand sanitizer recipes. This recipe gives you options to use nontraditional ingredients to make your own hand sanitizer!


  • 3/4 cup grain alcohol
  • 1/4 cup fresh aloe vera gel
  • spray bottle


  1. Cut the aloe vera leaf at the base, after the white portion fades and the the leaf is green. Usually 2″-3″ from the base of the leaf.
  2. Cut the skinny top portion once it narrows to about 1″ wide.
  3. Slice the spiny edge of the aloe leaf down the length of one side to reveal the fresh gel inside.
  4. Gently place your knife between the aloe vera gel and the green skin as you would filet a fish, keeping the knife close to the green skin. Run the knife just under the green skin until you reach the base of the other side.
  5. Remove the knife and gently peel back the green skin. Continue slicing and peeling until one side of the aloe is fully exposed. Use a spoon to scrape out all the fresh aloe vera gel and place into a blender.
  6. Blender for 15-30 seconds until foamy and no chunks remain.
  7. Measure 1/4 cup of the aloe vera gel and corresponding amount of isopropyl alcohol or grain alcohol following the table in the notes. Blend again for 15 seconds to fully combine the mixture.
  8. Pour into a spray bottle and store for up to 3 weeks.
  9. To use, spray onto your hands and rub hands together for 20-30 seconds.


** Review the table in the post for an estimated final alcohol percentage. Depending on the grain alcohol used, the final alcohol percentage may fall below the CDC recommended 60% alcohol solution for hand sanitizer.

** Excessive use of hand sanitizer may have a drying effect on the skin. When possible, wash your hands with hot water and soap for 20-30 seconds.

**This DIY aloe vera hand sanitizer has not been lab-tested, I am not a medical doctor, and I cannot give medical advice.

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