How to Make Hand Soap All Natural Hand Soap Recipe with Essential Oils

How to Make Hand Soap All Natural Hand Soap Recipe with Essential Oils

Learn how to make hand soap and wash your hands without toxins with this all natural hand soap recipe.

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Only three ingredients Castile soap, lemon essential oil and water.

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We live in a germ obsessed generation, where bacteria is definitively seen as the enemy. This is the reason we take harsh soaps and scrub our bodies daily whether we are dirty or not.

Lately doctors, scientist and laypeople are becoming more aware of the microbiome, and the damage we are doing to it with our overly hygienic culture. We are hitting the bacteria with excessive amounts of antibiotics and antibacterial products. Superbugs are emerging. Turns out things like chemical laden soaps could actually be doing more harm than good.

Read more about the problems of antibacterial soap here:

I wrote about the importance of gut health in some of my fermenting posts ( but did you know we are actually made up of more bacteria than human cells?

Makes sense that it would be important to nourish and protect these “good guys” in our gut.

This is why I like to make so many products in my home. It is important to keep the gut destroying chemicals and toxins out.

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Another product that is super simple to make is foaming hand soap. I use this same recipe for dish soap and to clean my counters and sink as well.

When my white IKEA farmhouse sink starts looking a little grimy, I just put a little of this soap on it and let it sit for a while.  The lemon works its magic and then I wipe away all the stains.

It can also be used as a body wash and even a shampoo for small kiddos.

All Natural Hand Soap Recipe Ingredients

Unscented Castile Soap
Lemon Essential Oil 
Water

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I bought these ( recently from Amazon and I am very happy with the amount of foam they dispense.   I was using some method dispensers that I saved. They worked great at first, but stopped foaming over time.

A word on the ingredients

Castile soap is a super pure product made only of saponified oils. Traditional castile soap is olive oil based, but Dr. Bronner’s adds other vegetable oils including coconut.  It does not contain chemicals, like triclosan, that are gut damaging and endocrine disrupting.

Lemon essential oil has natural antibacterial and antifungal properties.  It is also a very powerful cleanser and has a fresh scent. Best of all, it is the cheapest essential oil on the market.  I buy only Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oils from DoTerra, and a whole bottle is still only 10 bucks.

DIY All Natural Foaming Hand Soap Recipe

Fill a foaming hand soap container 1/4 of the way with castile soap. Add 10-20 drops lemon essential oil. Fill the rest of the way with water.

Boom. That’s it.

Now, of course, you can customize this recipe for other scents. Try adding wild orange for a bright and zesty scent.  Use lavender in a wash for baby.  Add OnGuard or Thieves during flu season for added immune support. Melaleuca combined with lemon would make an excellent cleaning solution.

I usually keep it simple and just add lemon.

Either way, it is so super simple and versatile!

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