• Larissa Klinger

Earth and Health Friendly Hand Soap: A Simple DIY Switch

Updated: Jun 12

The second (and possibly the easiest) waste less trade I made in my home was switching out all of my single use plastic hand soap dispensers to glass foaming dispensers. I chose foaming hand soap dispensers because they are better for the environment since there is less product waste. Foaming soap is just a diluted form of liquid hand soap, meaning less soap is needed per wash.

This has allowed me to make my own hand soap for the kitchen and bathroom with a Castile Soap base. It has stopped the cycle of continually buying plastic dispensers that eventually end up in the trash. One large bottle of Castile Soap lasts me most of the year and I use it for multiple homemade household products. I have had the same soap dispensers since 2018.

Most hand soaps you purchase from the store are inexpensive but contain parabens, synthetic colors, chemical fragrances, triclosan, and many other chemical ingredients that are being absorbed through our skin and can interrupt your body’s normal functioning/overall health. And all that chemically soapy water has to go somewhere. My simple recipe keeps your hands clean and our waterways chemical free. Check out your labels...What’s in your hand soap?


DIY Hand Soap Recipe for foaming pump dispenser:

1:10 Ratio of Castile Soap to water

(For this recipe I used 2.5 T of Castile to 1 1/2 C water with add-ons)

Advanced add-ons:

1/2 T of Sweet Almond, Olive, Jojoba, or Fractionated Coconut Oil

2-4 drops of Vitamin E Oil

10-20 drops of Essential Oils

(For my recipe I used antibacterial, antiviral oils: 8 drops Eucalyptus, 8 drops Lavender)

With add-ons this cost me around $1.5 to make and lasts me longer than traditional gel hand soap. Saving money, saving the planet, saving my health = winner!

I get my Castile Soap HERE.

I Get my Jojoba Oil HERE.

I get my Essential Oils HERE.

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