I’m obsessed with hand soap, which means I go through a lot of it, but constantly buying hand soap at the store ends up being quite expensive. I realized that I was spending way too much money on “natural” hand soaps that really weren’t that much different from conventional soaps, so I started researching for an alternative that had minimal ingredients and was cost effective.
When I was researching different homemade soap recipes, I noticed that a lot of them called for a bar of soap that you would grate into a powder, and while this will definitely work, I wanted an easier recipe that I could make with minimal effort. This recipe calls for liquid castile soap, which is something you should likely already have on hand if you’ve been making your own homemade dish soap.
The best part about this liquid hand soap recipe is that you can use it in a regular soap dispenser, or get a special pump and turn it into a foaming soap, which is the one I absolutely love!
Why do I say this is the best natural liquid hand soap, ever? Because it’s ridiculously easy to make, costs pennies on the dollar compared to conventional soaps, and effectively cleans your hands!
Is It Anti-Bacterial Soap?
Anti-bacterial soap gained a lot of popularity in the past decade, mostly due to advertising that told us plain soap and water alone won’t kill germs anymore. However, this just isn’t true. Washing your hands with soap and warm/hot water for a minimum of 15 seconds is still the most effective way to clean and disinfect any bacteria on your skin.
Studies have shown that anti-bacterial soaps are no more effective at killing bacteria than regular soap and water, which is still the most effective way without the risks. Shockingly, repeated use of anti-bacterial soaps can actually create strains of resistant bacteria which makes them harder to treat and kill, which means you may want to think twice about using those popular hand sanitizers too. Yikes!
Natural Liquid Hand Soap Recipe
This recipe couldn’t be any easier to make, which is why I picked it as one of the best natural liquid hand soaps you can make. It’s super easy to whip up when you run out, and takes little to no extra effort on your part. While you can certainly try those other recipes with the bar of soap as the main ingredient, I wanted to give you the fastest and easiest hand soap recipe!
Note: Because we’re not using the time consuming bar of soap recipe, this specific recipe won’t give you a thick feel to your soap. The wateriness of this soap recipe really doesn’t bother me at all, because it still gets the job done, but I find that adding a special foaming pump to my soap dispenser makes the world of difference!
What You’ll Need
- 1-2 tablespoons of Liquid Castile Soap
- Distilled or Filtered Water
- 10-12 drops of Essential Oils – (optional: I use lavender and vanilla for my bathroom soap, and lemon/orange for my kitchen soap)
- 1 teaspoon Vitamin E Oil – (optional)
- Soap dispenser or Foaming pump dispenser– (optional, but so worth it!)
What To Do
- Put 1-2 tablespoons of liquid castile soap into your empty soap dispenser. Use more soap if you have a very large dispenser, and a little less if it’s smaller.
- Fill the rest of the dispenser with filtered or distilled water.
- Add your essential oils and vitamin E oil, if you choose.
- Gently shake to mix everything together.
- Use 1 or 2 pumps to wash your hands. Add a foaming pump for a much better texture!
That’s it! Super simple to make, and you can whip it together whenever you’re running low without spending 24 hours waiting for the soap mixture to thicken, like the other recipe.
If you do want it just a bit thicker, add a teaspoon of Super Washing Soda to your mixture and let sit for 24-48 hours, shaking occasionally to mix all the ingredients. The washing soda will help thicken up the soap if you find that the above recipe is too watery for you.
Don’t Want To Make Your Own?
If you don’t want to make your own, there’s a great hand soap I use from Dr. Bronner’s, the same makers of the castile soap. It comes in seven different scents, and is a nice alternative to making your own.
What kind of hand soap do you use at home? Have you ever tried making your own?