Antibacterial hand soap can help keep germs at bay, but commercial soaps can be expensive and may contain ingredients that are less than healthy. If you like the idea of making your own chemical-free antibacterial hand soap, gather a few ingredients and give it a try. You can adjust the ingredients to suit your personal preferences.
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Things you need
- Bar of mild, chemical-free soap
- Cheese grater
- Wooden spoon
- Essential oil
- Small glass bowl
Grate a bar of mild, chemical-free soap using a regular cheese grater.
Place the grated soap in a saucepan. Melt the soap over low heat. Stir the mixture thoroughly with a wooden spoon to eliminate any lumps.
Add 25 to 30 drops of essential oil to the melted soap, and stir until the oils are completely blended into the soap. Choose one or two essential oils with antibacterial qualities, which include lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus, lemon, clove and tea tree oil.
Pour the mixture into a small glass bowl and allow the mixture to dry. Scoop the soap out of the bowl for use.
Tips and warnings
- To make liquid antibacterial hand soap, use the above recipe but add distilled water. Blend about 3 cups of hot distilled water thoroughly into the hot soap mixture and allow the soap to cool until the next morning. If the soap is too thick, reheat the mixture and add a small amount of hot distilled water. Repeat until the antibacterial soap is the desired consistency.
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