How to Make Your Own Organic Hand Soap

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Are you looking for an organic hand soap that is simple to make? If yes, then this easy DIY organic hand soap recipe is perfect for you! The only “equipment” you need is a foaming dispenser to easily make your own DIY organic hand soap! But why switch from store bought foaming hand soap to organic homemade soap?

Let me share with you a little of my story, and the concerning things I found in my hand soap that compelled me to make the switch!

This is a guest post from Jenny, the founder of Wholesome Family Living. Keep reading to hear her story, and learn more about her below!

My Journey to Making My Own Organic Hand Soap

A lot of things changed for our family when our first daughter was born. As a new mom, it made me rethink everything that we put into our bodies. We started buying all organic produce, and buying meat from local farmers who raise their herds organically. We installed our own RO water system to ensure our daughter had the cleanest water to drink. And it didn’t stop with what we were eating and drinking.

I started thinking about the products I sprayed around the house since those would be in the air my daughter would be breathing. This meant switching to homemade cleaning products (are your cleaning products baby safe?), and buying a couple of air purifiers for our house. And it didn’t stop with what we were breathing either!

Enter potty training and washing my daughter’s hands all the time. I started looking into the hand soaps we were using and knew that a change was needed! What was I seeing in regular hand soaps that made me want to change, and make my own organic hand soap. Let’s talk about it!

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Why You Should Avoid Store Bought Hand Soap

Did you know that most hand soaps contain toxic chemicals in them? It’s true! Grab your bottle of hand soap and see if the following ingredient is lurking in your soap.


Did you know that the seemingly harmless word “fragrance” is made up of anywhere from 50-300 different ingredients? Even products labeled as “natural” or “organic” can still contain harmful fragrances. What makes fragrances so harmful?

Fragrances are made up of parabens, phthalates, and synthetic musks. The chemicals that make up these fragrances are known to cause hormone disruption, reproductive problems, and could be cancerous.

Read what the Environmental Working Group (EWG) says about fragrances:

Phthalates, used to make fragrances last longer, are associated with damage to the male reproductive system, and artificial musks accumulate in our bodies and can be found in breast milk. Some artificial musks are even linked to cancer. And if you’ve got asthma, watch out– fragrance formulas are considered to be among the top 5 known allergens, and can trigger asthma attacks. The same kinds of chemicals are often used for fragrances in cleaning products, scented candles, and air fresheners.

This is not something I want to wash my hands with! So how do companies get away with including all of these bad ingredients and chemicals? Isn’t someone regulating the fragrance formulas and ingredients?

Sadly, the answer is NO. Here is what the FDA says about fragrances:

Fragrance ingredients in cosmetics must meet the same requirement for safety as other cosmetic ingredients. The law does not require FDA approval before they go on the market, but they must be safe for consumers when they are used according to labeled directions, or as people customarily use them. 

That is right folks – no FDA approval is required for any of the fragrance ingredients that go in not only your hand soap, but also ALL COSMETIC PRODUCTS. You are simply trusting that the company you are buying from did their own expensive and extensive testing to ensure that there are no side effects or long-term issues with their products.

I don’t know about you, but I just don’t trust companies that much! This is why you need to take your health and wellness journey into your own hands and make your own organic hand soap! And this is just one of the potentially harmful ingredients in your hand soap!

Other toxic ingredients that could be in your hand soap are parabens, sulfates, and triclosan. You can read more about them here.

How to Make Easy DIY Organic Foaming Hand Soap

So how would someone such as yourself go about making foaming organic hand soap? First, you either need a foaming dispenser top (like this one), or you can recycle an old foaming soap container. Second, you need a couple of ingredients: liquid soap and water.

THAT IS IT! See, I told you this would be simple!

For liquid soap, my personal favorite to use is Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Baby Soap. Dr. Bronner’s uses simple, organic ingredients that are responsibly sourced!

To make your organic hand soap simply:

  • Fill your mason jar or dispenser using a 4-to-1 ratio of water to liquid soap
  • For my mason jar, I add a 1/3 cup of liquid soap with 1-1/3 cups of water
  • If desired, you can add your own essential oils to scent the soap without the use of chemicals
  • For a calming yet cleaning blend, use 5 drops each of lavender and tea tree oil
  • Screw on the foaming dispenser top and foam away

And that is all it takes to make your own non-toxic, organic hand soap!

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Hopefully this will help you on your journey to live a less toxic life, and if you would like to learn more about living a toxic-free and more vibrant life, I hope you will consider joining me on my journey at Wholesome Family Living!

About the Author, Jenny

Jenny is the founder of Wholesome Family Living, a blog that is focused on promoting the health and well-being of the mind, spirit, and body! The inspiration for her blog came from her desire to live a non-toxic and healthy lifestyle after the birth of her first daughter. Since then, she has been on a mission to discover how to make more things herself, including everything from the meals her family eats every day, organic hand soap, and to the cleaning products she uses around the house. She hopes to embolden people on their own journeys to pursue God with their WHOLE heart, love their family with their WHOLE self, and craft delicious recipes with WHOLE foods.

Jenny is mom to a rambunctious toddler, who is also an excellent taste-tester for new recipes. When she is not working at her part-time job or on the blog, she can often be found experimenting in the kitchen, reading the latest health research, or at the playground with her daughter. Some of her favorite things are hot chocolate, escape rooms, and quietly watching a sunrise out her back window. 

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There are so many amazing and non toxic things you can make! Making your own organic hand soap is just the start!

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