How to Make Liquid Handwash

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How to Make Liquid Handwash
Make your own liquid hand wash. (bottle/container of handwash/hand wash/liquid soap/hygiene. image by L. Shat from

It never hurts to save money, and a good place to start is with products that you use daily in your home. Liquid hand soap is convenient and less messy than bar soaps, but it's also expensive, even if you buy the generic brands. Making your own liquid hand wash not only saves you money but also allows you to choose your own scents and ingredients.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Bowl
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Distilled or filtered water
  • Liquid castile soap
  • Orange or lemon essential oil
  • Tea tree oil
  • Hand mixer or blender
  • 3 clean pump bottles
  • Grater
  • Castile soap block
  • Double boiler
  • Palm oil
  • Glycerine
  • Vodka
  • Lemon essential oil
  • Grapefruit essential oil
  • Eucalyptus essential oil

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    Antibacterial Hand Soap

  1. 1

    Pour 1 cup of distilled or filtered water into a bowl.

  2. 2

    Add 3 tablespoons of liquid castile soap, 4 to 5 drops of lemon or orange essential oil, and 4 drops of tea tree oil.

  3. 3

    Blend the ingredients with a small mixer, or pour them into a blender and mix until all ingredients are combined. Pour the soap into a clean pump bottle.

    Liquid Hand Soap

  1. 1

    Grate 2 cups of cured castile soap and pour it into a double boiler. Add 1 tablespoon of palm oil, 1/2 tablespoon of glycerine, and 3 cups of distilled water.

  2. 2

    Stirring constantly, simmer the mixture over low heat long enough to completely melt the castile soap.

  3. 3

    Add 1 teaspoon of vodka, and remove the boiler from the heat. Allow the mixture to cool slightly.

  4. 4

    Add 1/2 teaspoon each of lemon, grapefruit, and eucalyptus essential oils, and mix well.

  5. 5

    Allow the mixture to cool completely for several hours. Pour the mixture into two 236ml pump bottles. If the consistency is too thick, add a small amount of distilled water and stir well.

Tips and warnings

  • Tea tree oil provides antibacterial properties and will make any soap a germ killer.
  • You may use any essential oils you prefer in place of the lemon, grapefruit, and eucalyptus oils.

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