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In 4 Personal Care Products You Should Never Buy Again, we listed antibacterial soap due to its toxic ingredients, including triclosan, that are known to cause endocrine (hormone) disruptions and create resistance in bacteria. Aside from triclosan though, consumers should also be weary of regularly “cleaning” their hands with ingredients classified by The Environmental Working Group as “expected as toxic or harmful” like Tetrasodium EDTA, a preservative made from formaldehyde, or sodium lauryl sulfate.

The list of ingredients to avoid in commercial hand soap is nearly as long as the list of ingredients in the hand soap itself. Among the others to avoid are parabens, which have been found in breast cancer tissues, suggesting a link between the two, and artificial fragrances that can irritate and dry skin. Ideally though, why have anything unnecessary in your hand soap at all? It’s time more of us understood that the luscious bubbly lather of what marketers say is “high-quality soap” is chemically-induced with a potential health cost included. Why risk it when other options exist? Why not just mix up an eco-friendly soap every few weeks, save money, time shopping and protect your health and your family’s health at the same time? This DIY recipe for amazing, cleansing, fail-proof hand soap makes it easier than ever. Check this out:

What You’ll Need:

1. Castille Soap

This is a concentrated soap that will cost around $10-20 upfront, but will last for dozens of batches of liquid hand soap. In the end, it is absolutely less expensive than buying soap refills or even bars of soap. You can purchase it scented or unscented. If you decide to spend the extra dollars for a scented variety, you don’t need the next ingredient: essential oils.

2. Essential Oil(s)

You have two options here. You can choose your favorite scent like cinnamon, lavender or peppermint and switch them up every few months, perhaps with the seasons. Or, you can remember this handy guide to oils and pick the best one to benefit your home. Either way, you get non-toxic, fresh soap every time.

Some Favorite Soap Oils:

Blood Orange – besides having an amazing ability to perk you up, blood orange also reduces inflammation, is anti-septic and works to gently detox through the skin. It leaves your hands feeling and smelling clean.

Lemon – Lemon oil is naturally anti-bacterial, providing a safe, gentle cleanse with again, a fresh citrus scent to lift any mood. It is great at improving skin conditions.

Peppermint – Peppermint has a cooling effect on the skin, making it great for chefs working in hot kitchens or anyone on a balmy summer day, really. Peppermint is known to reduce itchiness and repel mosquitoes, too.

3. Water

All you need with the castille soap and essential oil is water. Use cold water, so as not to harm the quality and potency of the essential oil.

DIY Liquid Hand Soap
 

DIY Essential Oil Hand Soap Directions:

1. Take 1-2 Tablespoons (1 for typical soap dispenser, 2 for larger)
2. Place soap into chosen dispenser
3. Add 15-25 drops of essential oil of your choice (keep dropping until you can smell the oil from the top of the dispenser)
4. Add water to near top of dispenser
5. Add pump lid
6. Shake

You can put this recipe into literally any pump dispenser, remembering that it will be thinner than commercial soap. Once you rub your hands together though, a lather forms and you get the same hand cleansing experience, without the toxic chemicals. These make fun, eco-friendly holiday or birthday presents as well!



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28 comments on “How to Make Your Own Natural Liquid Hand Soap”

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kungaa joseph
2 Months Ago

the first two weeks were fine; now my soap is seperating; I used lemon oil and tea tree oil; 15 drops combined and followed the recipe to the letter. I shake the bottle in the bathroom and I used a whip for the kitchen, but two days later it seems either the soap is not mixing with the water or the oils are not good. What can I do? and my soap does not lather at all. I will try to make it again and use less water. And I will only use tea tree oil.


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Renée Poisel
2 Months Ago

For best results, use distilled water. If you want scented, Dr Bronner's Castile soap is sold in both unscented and varieties already scented with EO, which may be a more stable combination then adding your own. Also, use a despenser that foams the soap when you pump it so it isn't so watery to use. I save lots of money this way, and my hands don't get red and irritated as they do with commercial hand soap.


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Mika Du Toit
2 Months Ago

What protects this recipe from microbial activity? I don't see a mention of a broad spectrum preservative but there is water present? Also, without a solubizer, the oils and water won't mix so you will have to shake really really well before using this... due to lack of solubizer, the product will not become homogenous and therefore the dilution will become more n more contracted as you use it- especially due to the EO content- won't this product start to exceed dermal limits as you use it? This can be specially dangerous if you use phototoxic oils...? Interested to know Maybe someone has a better understanding of this formula than me? ❤️


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Mika Du Toit
2 Months Ago

What protects this recipe from microbial activity? I don't see a mention of a broad spectrum preservative but there is water present? Also, without a solubizer, the oils and water won't mix so you will have to shake really really well before using this... due to lack of solubizer, the product will not become homogenous and therefore the dilution will become more n more contracted as you use it- especially due to the EO content- won't this product start to exceed dermal limits as you use it? This can be specially dangerous if you use phototoxic oils...? Interested to know Maybe someone has a better understanding of this formula than me? ❤️


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Marcia
2 Years Ago

Using cinnamon is not a good idea. It is VERY irritating to the skin.


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Marcia
2 Years Ago

Here is my own recipe, which is quite a bit thicker.

Moisturizing Liquid Hand and Body Soap
( makes approx. 2 cups)
1/2 cup Dr. Bronner’s unscented liquid castile soap
¼ cup vegetable glycerin
distilled water
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1 tsp. melted shea or mango butter
120 drops essential oils

Put the xanthan gum in a liquid measuring cup. Add a small amount of the vegetable glycerin and stir to mix well. Then gradually mix in the remainder of glycerin. Put the castile soap in a large glass 4 cup measuring cup. (You can use a 2 cup, but it really makes a mess when you stir it.) Stir in the shea or mango butter and the essential oils. Add distilled water, almost, but not quite to the two cup line. (minus about ¼ cup) Gradually stir in the mixture of glycerin and xanthan gum, mixing in a little at a time.


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Marcia
2 Years Ago

Here is my own recipe, which is quite a bit thicker.

Moisturizing Liquid Hand and Body Soap
( makes approx. 2 cups)
1/2 cup Dr. Bronner’s unscented liquid castile soap
¼ cup vegetable glycerin
distilled water
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1 tsp. melted shea or mango butter
120 drops essential oils

Put the xanthan gum in a liquid measuring cup. Add a small amount of the vegetable glycerin and stir to mix well. Then gradually mix in the remainder of glycerin. Put the castile soap in a large glass 4 cup measuring cup. (You can use a 2 cup, but it really makes a mess when you stir it.) Stir in the shea or mango butter and the essential oils. Add distilled water, almost, but not quite to the two cup line. (minus about ¼ cup) Gradually stir in the mixture of glycerin and xanthan gum, mixing in a little at a time.


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lulu
2 Years Ago

You don\'t want to add citrus oils to your soap unless you have a glass dispenser because the citrus oils causes toxins in the plastic to leech out.


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Grace Pennington
2 Years Ago

I find that the Castile soap clogs the dispenser and then shoots out at erratic angles sometimes covering what I'm wearing with soap.Any solution for this problem?


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Mandy
27 Dec 2014

I use a foaming dispenser and just a bit of my favourite scent in the bottom, fill the rest with water. Works great.

Carrie
29 Dec 2014

Thank you! I have the same problem with my soap dispenser! So what would a reasonable ratio be? 1 part castile to 10 parts water?

Jutta Brassil
2 Years Ago

What's wrong with the good old bar of soap? Most of liquid soaps are washed down the drain.


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