I love DIY personal care and home care recipes because, as the name of my blog kind of implies, I don’t like using toxic chemicals around myself and my family. Its not just an ‘in principle’ kind of a thing either for me. Conventional cleaning products make my throat swell up and I get really seriously fatigued. So making my own stuff is both fun and helps me feel at my best all the time.
However…its got to work. I hate natural products that don’t work.
One product I do love is Dr Bronner’s liquid Castile soap, but when I’ve put it into soap dispensers in the past, it shoots out, straight past your hand onto your nice clean shirt (your houseguests will love this), and after a few days, it clogs up in the pump nozzle.
So I adapted this great recipe for DIY foaming hand soap from the Homemade Mommy’s blog and adjusted it to suit my love of rich, foamy and delicious smelling moisturising hand soap. Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love my essential oils and the Thieves oil I use in here isn’t just nice smelling (its that too!) but its antibacterial and it actually supports your immune system rather than systematically destroying it like the commercial antibacterial soaps do.* Here’s where I get my Thieves oil, but if you like you can make a version of it yourself. Or, you can use any essential oil or essential oil blend you like, such as lavender, orange, peppermint or tea tree. Keep in mind the antibacterial qualities will depend on the essential oil you’re using.
- 1/3 cup liquid unscented Castile soap (such as Dr Bronners)
- 2/3 cup filtered water
- 1/4 tsp essential oil
Now, here’s where it gets really complicated. Blend all the ingredients together and pour it into your foaming hand soap dispenser. The one I got is from Interdesign and I ordered it from Amazon. I need to double the above recipe to fill my dispenser.
*Commercial antibacterial soaps and hand gels target all your bacteria, including your good bacteria. This weakens your immune system, leaving ‘gaps’ for bad bacteria to take the place of the good bacteria you’ve killed off.