Do you resonate with Monica from the television show Friends when it comes to cleaning? Are you an all-natural ingredients kind of person?

Wait! That would make you a hippie with an obsession for cleaning.

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Well, that’s not quite what we meant, but that is really not a bad thing. Being hygienic and using all natural products is an environment friendly way of living.

Even more so if you’re a vegan since you wouldn’t want to rub animal products on yourself. We wouldn’t really want to get into the details of that. Eew!

Besides, rushing to Walmart at the last minute because you’ve run out of hand wash gets old and shelling out big bucks for no good reason is reason enough to make your own hand wash.

learn to make DIY homemade liquid hand soap recipes for disinfecting and removing germs
Learn to make DIY homemade liquid hand soap recipes for disinfecting and removing germs

We know that manufacturers claim their hand washes are cost-effective, skin friendly, pet-friendly, etc. etc. But we can’t just ignore the amount of chemicals that go into these liquid soaps to extend their shelf life. They can not only dry out your skin but also cause damage over time.

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It is even more troublesome for people with skin allergies, rashes or other skin disorders. Sensitive skin must be taken care of by using only ingredients that serve the purpose of soothing, moisturizing and doing what it is supposed to do in the first place, cleansing.

We’ll show you how to make some great homemade hand soaps that you can quickly whip up in no time using natural ingredients available in your home.

Method 1: Soap Bar Hand Wash

This is one of the most cost-effective method of making homemade liquid hand soap because it uses the least number of ingredients. All you need is a cheese grater, a bar of soap and an essential oil of your choice.

We used a commercial soap for reference purposes in this recipe. However, if you wish to go 100% organic, you can choose from a variety of organic soaps being sold by affordable vegan brands, communities, and individuals.

Things you’ll need:

Things you'll need to make diy liquid hand soap out of soap bar
Things you'll need to make DIY liquid hand soap out of a soap bar
  • Bar of soap (scented or unscented, any brand) – 1
  • Water – 2 cups
  • Lemon essential oil (or an essential oil of your choice) – a few drops
  • Saucepan or pot
  • Cheese grater or food processor

Step 1. Grate the bar of soap

shred the soap bar using a cheese grater
Shred the soap bar using a cheese grater
  • Use a cheese grater to shred an entire soap bar of your choice. You can use an organic soap bar if you wish to make it 100% natural.
  • If you’re using a food processor, cut the soap bar into small cubes and blend them until the soap cubes crumble into small slivers.

Step 2. Melt the grated soap in boiling water and add essential oil

add the soap shreds to boiling water and liquefy it
Add the soap shreds to boiling water and liquefy it. Add the essential oil
  • Heat 2 cups of water in a saucepan to a boil.
  • Slowly add the soap bar shards to it.
  • Stir the mixture until all the shards of soap have melted.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and allow the liquid to cool.
  • Add a few drops of lemon essential oil to the blend.
Note: You can use the essential oil of your choice. Just remember the essential oil should only be 2 percent of the recipe for adults and 1 percent for children.

Step 3. Pour the mixture into a pump bottle

transfer the liquid hand soap into a squirt bottle to use
Transfer the liquid hand soap into a squirt bottle to use
  • Pour the blend into a reusable soap dispenser or a pump container.
  • Your homemade liquid hand soap is ready to use.

Since, this liquid hand wash is soap based you can probably use this for up to 6 months.

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Method 2: Antibacterial Hand Wash

This homemade liquid hand soap is a great option for people with a sensitive skin type or allergic skin. It reduces any inflammation and deeply hydrates the skin on the hands.

This recipe makes use of liquid castile soap, which is made from olive oil. It is known to soften the skin and helps calm problematic skin. It does not clog your skin pores, so it does not give rise to additional skin problems.

Distilled water is a type of purified water and does not cause any skin problems.

The vitamin E oil in this recipe is rich in antioxidants, which moisturizes your hands, and sulfur, which restores and repairs your nails and cuticles. Almond oil is known to be light and penetrates the skin deeply, dislodging any dirt in the pores. It is also a great moisturizer.

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Tea tree oil has antibacterial properties and is known to heal cuts and wounds quickly. Lavender essential oil in this recipe is a great ingredient for the skin; it has anti-inflammatory properties and gives a soothing effect to any irritated skin.

Things you’ll need:

things you'll need to make homemade antibacterial liquid hand soap
Things you'll need to make homemade antibacterial liquid hand soap
  • Liquid castile soap – ¼ cup
  • Distilled water – ¼ cup
  • Vitamin E oil – 2 or 3 capsules
  • Almond oil – ½ tablespoon
  • Tea tree essential oil – 7 or 8 drops
  • Lavender essential oil – 3 or 4 drops

Step 1. Combine all the main ingredients

add liquid castile soap, and vitamin E oil to distilled water
Add liquid castile soap and vitamin E oil to distilled water
  • Pour ¼ cup of distilled water into a glass jar and add ¼ cup of liquid castile soap to it.
  • Add ½ tablespoon of almond oil.
  • Puncture 2 or 3 capsules of vitamin E oil and add it to the mix.

Step 2. Add all the essential oils & blend well

drop the essential oil and blend every thing well
Add all the essential oils and blend everything well
  • Dribble 3 or 4 drops of lavender essential oil and 7 or 8 drops of tea tree oil into the jar.
  • Whisk all the ingredients together using an electric hand whisker.

Step 3. Pour the liquid into a dispenser

transfer the DIY antibacterial liquid hand soap into a squirt bottle and use
Pour the DIY antibacterial liquid hand soap into a squirt bottle and use
  • Transfer the blend into a reusable soap dispenser.
  • Your hand wash is ready.

This liquid hand soap will store well for about 4 months.

Method 3: Hand Wash with Oil Blends

This homemade liquid hand soap, also uses castile soap, is more about the goodness of the essential oils. Castile soap deeply moisturizes the skin and cleanses at the same time.

We used fractionated coconut oil in this recipe. The good part about using fractionated coconut oil is that it has an extended shelf life as compared to extra-virgin coconut oil. You can reap the powerful benefits of essential oils by using them in very small quantities because fractionated coconut oil increases the distribution of topical essential oils and is strongly advised for people with sensitive skin.

Tea tree essential oil is known to heal the skin fast and is anti-inflammatory in nature.

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Orange essential oil is a natural cleanser and it is rich in antioxidants.

Lemongrass essential oil shrinks the appearance size of the pores on your skin, helping to prevent dirt and other toxins from clogging them.

Rose essential oil is a natural antiseptic that clears the skin complexion, relaxes your muscles and prevents some signs of aging.

Things you’ll need:

things you'll need to make liquid hand soap with essential oil blends
Things you'll need to make liquid hand soap with essential oil blends
  • Liquid castile soap, unscented – 4 tablespoons
  • Fractionated coconut oil – 1 tablespoon
  • Tea tree essential oil – 5 or 6 drops
  • Orange essential oil – 5 or 6 drops
  • Lemongrass essential oil – 5 or 6 drops
  • Rose essential oil – 5 or 6 drops

Step 1. Combine castile soap and coconut oil in a bowl

mix liquid castile soap with fractionated coconut oil
Mix liquid castile soap with fractionated coconut oil
  • Pour 4 tablespoons of unscented liquid castile soap into a bowl.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil to it.

Step 2. Add all the essential oils

dribble all the essential oils
Dribble all the essential oils
  • Add 5 or 6 drops each of tea tree, orange, lemongrass and rose essential oils.

Step 3. Blend all the ingredients & put it in a dispenser

mix all the ingredients well together and put it in a dispenser bottle
Whisk the ingredients together and transfer the contents into a dispenser bottle
  • Mix all the ingredients well using an electric hand whisker.
  • Pour the liquid into a reusable pump bottle or soap dispenser.
  • Your hand wash is ready.

This liquid foaming hand soap will store well for up to 4 months.

Tips

  • You can use essential oils of your choice when making a DIY hand wash.
  • Essential oils are very potent ingredients. Only use them within the specified quantities.
  • Do not use any ingredient that you might be allergic to. Instead, try substituting to your needs.

 

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