Fun, Hands-on Activity for You and Your Kids!

Fun, Hands-on Activity for You and Your Kids!Hand sanitizers are a dime a dozen, but have you ever thought of making your own? It’s very simple and a great activity to do with your kids. Inspire the chemist amongst you with this great hands-on activity, good for all ages.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2/3 cup 99% rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol)
  • 1/3 cup aloe vera gel
  • 8-10 drops essential oil, optional (such as lavender, vanilla, peppermint, grapefruit)
  • bowl and spoon
  • funnel
  • (4) 2 oz plastic bottles with screw caps or (1) 8 oz plastic bottle

You can find the rubbing alcohol and aloe vera gel at your local drugstore. Your local drugstore is also a great place to find the plastic bottles for your hand sanitizer. Look for small, travel size plastic containers. The essential oils are not necessary, but I personally love creating my very own signature scent. I like to order my essential oils on-line at You may also order your containers here.


  1. Simply mix the ingredients together in the bowl.
  2. Use the funnel to pour solution into the 4 bottles.
  3. Screw the top back onto the bottle and you’re ready to go.
  4. Extend the activity by creating a label for your bottle. Address labels work best, but paper and tape will work well too.

It’s really just that easy. I’ve lead this activity with kids, teens and adults and it’s always tons of fun. I buy more than one essential oil and encourage them to mix oils to create their very own unique fragrance. Enjoy!

Written by Naiyma Houston

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