DIY: Make Your Own On Guard Hand Cleanser

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Hand cleansers are a convenient, on-the-go solution for cleansing your hands when soap and water are unavailable. This homemade version will not only cleanse your hands, but moisturize them too.

What You Need:

5 tablespoons aloe vera gel

4 tablespoons water

1/4 teaspoon vitamin E oil

8-10 drops On Guard Protective Blend

Small Squeeze Container

Note: Essential oils can be stored in plastic containers if the essential oils are highly diluted. Make sure they are high quality if you do use plastic containers.


1. In a bowl combine aloe vera gel and vitamin E oil.

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2. Add 8-10 drops of On Guard Protective Blend to the aloe vera mixture.

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3. Add water and mix well to combine. Add more or less water depending on the consistency you want.

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4. Pour into container and you’re done! Put your homemade hand cleanser in your bag, car, or office for an effective, alcohol-free hand cleanser.

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*These statements have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. dōTERRA products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Pregnant or lactating women and persons with known medical conditions should consult a physician prior to the use of any dōTERRA product.

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  1. I am very excited to try this. I have been making soap, chapstick, the laundry balls and am always searching for new ideas!
    Thanks for posting this!

  2. I have a recipe (thanks Anita!) with alcohol free witch hazel, aloe vera gel and 10 drops of oils. Cleansing, softening, safe and smells good too!

    2 T aloe vera gel
    1 T alcohol-free witch hazel
    10 drops CPTG oils of choice (I use 2 lavendar, 2 melalueca, and 6 On Guard…it smells awesome!!)

    Makes approximately 2 bottles 15ml
    I’m going to play with this one…Vit E is always a lovely addition.

  3. I love mixing witch hazel in an empty 15mL bottle and adding 10 drops of OnGuard, Lavender or Melaleuca. I put a spray top on and you’re good to go!

  4. I keep all my empty doTERRA bottles, so I’ll make this recipe in an empty OnGuard bottle and put a spray top on it!

  5. I will be making this with aloe gel that you can take internally. It can be found it in the health department at my local grocery store, but not all stores carry it.

  6. Great ideas and wonderful help, thank you everyone!
    Does anyone have a recipe for shampoo? I have search and search and coming up with nothing. Thanks!

  7. I use the one ounce spray bottles (from aroma tools) with 10 drops of OnGuard and fill the rest with distilled water. shake it up and use! keep it in the car, purse, diaper bag, kids bathroom, etc,etc,

  8. wow totally love it. I work in care homes and everyone uses that nasty alcohol base one, I refuse to so thankful for this recipe. Can’t wait to make it tomorrow.

  9. Tried this but the water and gel did not blend well :( I am only getting water out of the bottle (the gel is stuck to the inside walls). any suggestions on different ratio/blends?

  10. Question: do the Oils not break down silicone? are we able to put this mixture in the silicone squeeze containers? is that what is pictured here?

  11. if you don’t have the on guard can you mix your own if you have the ingredients and if so are they equal parts of each one of the essential oils?

  12. Kerry, I would use the OnGuard diluted with fractionated coconut oil. You can purchase this from doTerra when you order the OnGuard

  13. Since OnGuard has Wild Orange in it (a citrus oil), do we need to be concerned about photosensitivity? I’m just thinking it may not be very practical if we can’t use it when we’re out & about during the day.

  14. I’m having a hard time finding a squeeze bottle like the one pictured. I’ve looked on Amazon and AromaTools but haven’t found anything like it. Does anyone have any suggestions as to where to find one?

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