Homemade Hand Soap | All-Natural, Triclosan-Free

Homemade Hand Soap

For a long, long time, I bought hand soap on an almost weekly basis, usually either a store brand (if I was feeling cheap), or a more expensive brand from a specialty store.

Then I started reading the ingredients. The soaps my family and I had been using contained multiple unpronounceable ingredients. For example, virtually all conventional hand soaps (and most other conventional body cleansers) contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, a known neurotoxin (For more information, visit the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep website).

Like many changes in our household, the decision to use a more natural hand soap was born out of concern for toxic ingredients, but also out of the need to find a less expensive alternative.

Instead of costly and chemical-laden traditional hand soap, I use a combination of Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap and plain water.

Homemade Hand Soap 


All you need to make your own liquid homemade hand soap is:


1. Fill up the foaming pump bottle 3/4  full with plain tap water. Add 4 tbsp of Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap and about 10 drops Tea Tree Oil. 

2. Mix together and it’s ready for use.

Since there is only .5 oz in each tablespoon, and Dr. Bronner’s is $.40/oz at Amazon right now, you are only paying $.80 for each bottle of hand soap you make.  Considering an average store-bought dispenser of hand soap costs between $2 and $6, that is quite a savings, especially if your family is like mine and does a LOT of hand washing.


I’ll be honest — there are plenty of other recipes floating around cyberspace for making your own liquid hand soap. I like my Dr. Bronner’s mixture because I think it’s the easiest. When I run out, all I have to do is fill up the container with water, add a squirt of soap, and screw the top back on.  I can’t see myself making anything that involves boiling soap scrapings. I never thought I would talk on the internet about Mama Cloth either, though, so never say never!


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  1. Carlye Jean Rankin says:

    Thank you so much for this idea. My husband and I use so much hand soap and this would help us so much. I have to wash my hands a lot since I have a daughter in diapers and I take care of another one in diapers as well.

    • Jennifer Hill says:

      I’m way too busy working on a farm to make my own hand wash. I’ve done a lot of research to find safe, environmental-friendly, cruelty-free products, using EWG’s site and other research, and I buy all my body products from Nourish. They make a completely chemical-free organic hand wash. The fresh fig scent is so lovely. (Their body/face lotions are amazing.)


  2. With two little ones, we do a lot of hand washing in our house too. :)

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  4. Gretchen@HealthfulMama says:

    We use a Dr. B's/water mix, too! (Except I was using a lot more soap than 1T. Good to know I can cut back!)

  5. Veronica Lee says:

    Neat idea! Thanks for sharing this!

    Hi! Stopping by from MBC. Great blog!
    Have a nice day!

  6. One Cool Lunch says:

    Thanks for sharing! New follower here. Please follow back!


  7. I’ve been doing this for a couple years now. I thought I was the only one! :) It is so easy and works great! You can use a scented Dr Bronners soap or add a drop of essential oil to it. I’ve had guests comment on how great our hand soap smells.

  8. Thanks for this–always looking for naturual and inexpensive alternatives. I bet I could add essential oils for a wonderful smell, too!

  9. I’ve been doing this for year. Just this winter I started adding a few drops of glycerin to each refill to help make the soap more moisturizing.

  10. does this have to be made in a foaming hand soap dispenser? i already have dispensers that i like and don’t necessarily want to have to buy a new one. however, this is the easiest homemade soap i’ve seen:)


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