Many brands of liquid hand soap contain potentially dangerous chemicals.
One class of compounds coming under increasing scrutiny is known as parabens. These are used as preservatives. Nowadays, you’ll find them in a wide array of cosmetics and personal care products.
Parabens are known hormone disruptors. Some health experts also fear they can potentially cause breast cancer.
Liquid hand soaps may also contain an antibacterial agent known as triclosan. This chemical has been found to cause liver cancer in mice. (Needless to say, I do my best to avoid this.)
Homemade Liquid Hand Soap With Essential Oils
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Fortunately, it’s possible to find natural liquid handsoap made with plant-ingredients. Actually, nowadays, you have a lot of good brands to choose from. These do clean well, and many of them smell great, and if you don’t want to make your own liquid hand soap, this offers a potentially healthier alternative to regular hand soap.
However, if you don’t mind doing a little mixing, you can easily make your own liquid handsoap with water, natural Castile soap and essential oils. In addition to adding a wonderful scent to your DIY soap solution, essential oils contain natural microbe killing compounds. (If you keep reading, I’ll show you how to make your own all natural germ-busting hand soap.)
How to Make Homemade Liquid Hand Soap
1 cup of water
1 cup of liquid Castile soap (It’s available here)
2 tablespoons of carrier oil, such as rosehip seed oil or sweet almond oil
15 drops of Germ Fighter Synergy Blend (It’s available here and you can also see it right below)
Homemade Liquid Hand Soap Antibacterial
Mix these ingredients together and put them into an empty pump-style soap dispenser. You can also double the recipe, or you can cut it in half. If you plan to use this with children, I’d recommend a special germ-fighting essential oil blend made for children instead of the Germ Fighter Synergy Blend.
If you don’t plan to use the soap quickly, within a few weeks, I highly recommend adding 1 to 2 tablespoons of Vitamin E oil.
Homemade Liquid Hand Soap From Scratch
You can vary your DIY soap recipe by adding different kinds of essential oils and carrier. For instance, lavender essential oil has a very soothing quality. So it would be a good choice for someone with dry, irritated skin. People with dry skin may want to choose a carrier oil such as pure avocado oil. This is a very effective natural emollient I like to use on my face, especially during the winter.
One thing I do need to mention. Homemade hand soap is runnier than store bought versions. However, for me, I’d rather have safer soap, even if it’s a bit watery. It cleans well and the carrier oils that’s added works as a moisturizer.
Homemade Liquid Hand Soap With Castile Soap
I’ve tried a number of different types of liquid Castile soap. But the brand I prefer is Dr. Woods, because I believe it cleans just as well as another, better-known brand. I’ve written a number of posts just on Dr. Woods soap alone, because I know how important Castile soap is, if you want to lead a non-toxic lifestyle. It’s gentle enough to use on your face and on your body. But it’s strong enough to clean your floors. If you can’t find Dr. Woods Castile soap locally, it’s available online.
Castile Soap for Liquid Hand Soap
If you have sensitive or dry skin, though, you may want to think about using natural black soap Castile soap, instead of a more robust variety, such as peppermint or lavender. Either of these can be used for household projects.
I haven’t been able to find Dr. Woods locally, but it is available online. This is the only brand I buy now. It comes in a number of varieties, including peppermint, lavender and natural black soap, which you can see below.
These statements have not been approved by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Women who are pregnant or nursing shouldn’t use essential oils unless they are told to do so by a healthcare professional.
More Natural Non Toxic DIY Ideas
I love to make natural, non-toxic cosmetics and personal care items. My skin does so much better with plant-based moisturizers and emollients. I’ll never go back to putting chemicals on my face again.
Once you have a few basic materials, it’s so easy to make your own skin creams and body butters. You can even make your own mascara that doesn’t contain potentially dangerous chemicals. Did you know it’s legal to put mercury in mascara?
Anyway, below are some of my other posts on things you can make with essential oils. I’ve found my homemade “products” generally work as well as the chemical-laden products you buy at the drugstore.