Citrus Liquid Hand Soap Recipe

Follow this chemical-free liquid hand soap recipe to make a homemade antibacterial soap rich in energizing citrus.

| July 2014

  • Citrus essential oil is naturally energizing and great for using in homemade cleaning products.
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  • Learn how to make 150 everyday organic cleaning products at home with "The Organically Clean Home" by Becky Rapinchuk.
    Photo courtesy F+W Media

The cleaning products found under most kitchen sinks can wreak havoc on your health and budget, as well as our planet. In The Organically Clean Home (F+W Media, 2014), author Becky Rapinchuk offers 150 easy-to-make homemade cleaning products. In this excerpt, from chapter 3 “Recipes from the Kitchen”, learn how to make a homemade antibacterial soap without harmful chemicals.

You can purchase this book from the Mother Earth Living store: The Organically Clean Home

Citrus Liquid Hand Soap

Store-bought antibacterial soap is proven to get rid of germs, but it also gets rid of the “good germs” that our bodies need to build up immunities. This fresh-smelling blend will eliminate garlic and onion odors from your hands and get your hands perfectly clean and rid of germs without the use of chemicals like triclosan.

• 1 cup liquid castile soap
• 10 drops lemon essential oil
• 10 drops orange essential oil
• 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil



To make: Combine ingredients in a decorative soap pump, seal and shake thoroughly to combine.

To use: Use a pump of soap, rub hands together, and wash off with warm water.

onesong
11/5/2014 6:03:25 PM

Jann, I didn't write the article but have posted comment above,(and to clarify, my version used in a 'foaming pump bottle' uses 1/4 C. liquid castile and 3/4 C. water, roughly) I don't measure I eyeball it and go. To answer your question about Vitamin E, I've used jojoba oil, or avocado oil (1 tsp of either) I don't know why tamanu wouldn't work but since it's sometimes costly, personally I'd save it for other purposes. Can't see a reason not to be able to use it though.. the recipe printed in article or mine are simply too drying without the addition of a small amount of some kind of oil.


Jann
11/5/2014 10:32:35 AM

Regarding the Citrus Liquid Hand Soap. Could you use Tamanu Oil instead of Vitamin E Oil? Thank-you


AlmostSkin
10/10/2014 3:21:25 PM

Easy to follow recepie. Thank you so much for posting this! <3




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