How to Make Aloe-Based Sweet Basil Hand Cleanser

Have you ever touched a surface that felt a little sticky or dirty, and then been unable to fully relax until you washed your hands or used a hand cleanser?

Sweet Basil essential oil knows the feeling!

For Sweet Basil, cleanliness and peace of mind tend to go hand in hand. It’s good at both inspiring mental clarity and helping to reduce germs so you feel healthy. You can make a hand cleanser with aloe vera gel and Sweet Basil essential oil that accomplishes both of these things, and use it anytime, anywhere. You don’t have to run and find the nearest sink!

This recipe also includes Tea Tree and Clary Sage essential oils. It has a clean, fresh, herbal scent.

Sweet Basil’s Super Fresh Hand Cleanser

  • 1 oz (28 g) aloe vera gel (Aloe barbadensis)
  • 6 drops Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum linalol)
  • 9 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
  • 3 drops Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)

Make this blend in a 1 oz (30 ml) bottle. Combine the aloe and essential oils, shake well, and use a small amount to rub into your hands and cleanse them, even when you don’t have a sink and soap nearby.

Aloe-based hand cleanser is so convenient, and it doesn’t tend to dry out skin as much as alcohol-based cleansers can. You can even make a version of this blend for kids—it’s very easy for children who are over five years old to use, and can help them stay healthy at school or daycare.

Here’s a version with a low kid-friendly drop count:

  • 1 oz (28 g) aloe vera gel (Aloe barbadensis)
  • 2 drops Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum linalol)
  • 3 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
  • 1 drop Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)

Once you’ve made your first aloe-based hand cleanser, you might get inspired and want to make more!

Essential Oil Hand Cleanser for Kids

This essential oil hand cleanser uses skin-nourishing ingredients, including aloe vera gel, so it’s gentler than alcohol-based hand sanitizers you can find in stores.

I know a lot of parents and caretakers who are big fans of this hand cleanser. They like that it’s natural and that kids can keep it with them and use it on their own without having to ask a grown-up. It’s so empowering for kids and it helps keep their hands clean—a great combination!

This recipe is just right for kids who are at least five years old. You can make it in a 2 oz (60 ml) PET plastic bottle, which is small enough to fit in a child’s backpack or bag without taking up too much space. The PET plastic is very strong and won’t break with rough use. (PET plastic is known as a non-reactive plastic that doesn’t leach. In cases where glass isn’t ideal, PET plastic is a good choice.)

My Hands Are Clean!

  • Just under 2 oz (60 ml) Aloe vera gel (Aloe barbadensis)
  • 2 ml Solubol dispersant
  • 4 drops Tea Tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
  • 4 drops Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 2 drops Cedarwood essential oil (Juniperus virginiana)

To make it, combine all the ingredients together in the PET plastic bottle. Screw on the lid and shake it gently.

To use it, just spray some essential oil hand cleanser into your palm, and rub your hands together. It feels so good when your skin is dry! I like to use my aloe-based hand cleansers as moisturizers too. (I love that so many Aromatherapy products we can make have multiple uses!)

For kids younger than five, or if you don’t want to use essential oils, you can make a hand cleanser with pure hydrosols.

My Little Hands Are Clean Too!

  • 1 oz (30 ml) Peppermint hydrosol (Mentha x piperita)
  • 1 oz (30 ml) Lavender hydrosol (Lavandula angustifolia)

This one doesn’t double as a hand moisturizer . . . but it can double as a surface cleaner in a pinch! It’s great to have “on hand” (haha!) when you’re eating at a restaurant and want to wipe down the table top.

There are different approaches to using essential oils with little children. The Aromahead Approach for kids under five is extra cautious. For topical use, we prefer to use hydrosols, butters and carrier oils.

Babies’ and young children’s skin can be so sensitive that essential oils can easily become overwhelming for them. Hydrosols, butters, and carrier oils can often give a child the nudge they need toward rebalancing their health

I recommend making these blends fresh every few weeks.