Sunday Morning DIY: Lavender & Sweet Orange Hand Soap

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My green friends will all nod in agreement that making your own home cleaning products is a cinch… it’s just a matter of having a few items on hand.  There are literally thousands of uses for the basics and it’s a worthy investment for those on any kind of a budget because a little will go a long way.  Instead of buying expensive hand soaps (that may or may not contain chemicals or contaminants) you can easily whip up your own.  Picture spending $6 on a hand soap at Whole Foods and then picture spending about that same amount of money on a few key ingredients that will keep your hand soap dispenser filled for months on end (instead of a few weeks).

This morning I whipped up some Lavender and Sweet Orange hand soap in less than 30 seconds and here’s how to do it.   You will need liquid Castille Soap .  For this I used Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Pure-Castille Soap which you can buy at Target, Whole Foods, health stores, or online.  Target carries tiny 1 ounce bottles, or you can purchase the bigger bottles (I recommend getting the Unscented Castille Soap if you go that route).

Essential Oil – You will also need Sweet Orange essential oil for this particular recipe but just about any essential oil will do, especially if you are using unscented castille soap…. just think of the possible scents you can concoct.  You can pick up essential oils at health food stores and online.  What’s great is a few drops go a long way so it lasts forever and has many many uses. Other oils I keep handy for DIY recipes include Clary Sage and Tea Tree (have antiseptic and antibacterial qualities), and Lavender.

Water – distilled water seems to be best for this kind of thing but I just use filtered water because hello, I have 2 kids, I don’t have time to distill water, and I would rather not buy it and waste more packaging.  I’m just washing my hands not performing surgery.

Foamer Pump – You can easily re-purpose foamer pumps from old hand soaps or you can buy them.  I haven’t had a foamer soap in my house in a long time (I said goodbye to dial ages ago) so I bought a 3 pack from Bubble & Bee last time I bought shower gel. You can also buy on Amazon.  I hate to buy extra plastic but these get used over and over and it eliminates the need to buy more stuff.  You can make any number of things to use in foamer pumps like body wash, shampoo, etc.

Do It Yourself:

  • 6 ounces water
  • 1 Tsp – Tablespoon Lavender Castille Soap (you can adjust this amount to how much soapiness you prefer)
  • 8-10 drops of sweet orange essential oil
  • Shake gently, the end. (You’ll want to give the bottle a brief shake before each use to remix the oils evenly… nothing crazy just a one, two shake will do it)

This is gentle on skin and smells really fresh.  I keep this near the sink in the kitchen… I like orange and citrus scents in the kitchen which is great for after handling fragrant food like garlic or onions.  It’s super gentle too which is key for those of us washing their hands all day long.  Between diaper changes, nose wiping and cooking I wash my hands 57 times a day. Hi sandpaper hands.

This is just one of a zillion possible combination that can be achieved.  Earth friendly, bio-gradable, chemical free, gentle and safe for everyone. Happy Sunday everyone :)

Posted by: SafeMama Kathy on March 14, 2010


7 Responses to “Sunday Morning DIY: Lavender & Sweet Orange Hand Soap”

  1. Lindsay on March 14th, 2010 6:06 pm

    We just ran out of hand soap and I’m totally going to try this out!!! What great timing – thanks!

  2. Wendy on March 14th, 2010 9:24 pm

    This is great! I would LOVE to see more posts like this on soap and cleaning products. I know it’s easy, but seeing your posts make it seem even easier (silly but true)! Are there any hand soap recipes for regular soap dispensers? I have the decorative ones I bought and put soap in them, they are not foaming of course. ??

  3. Victoria on March 15th, 2010 7:32 pm

    Thank you for this! We use so much hand soap and it’s so expensive to buy more natural soap. I’m going to try to make this. Plus, I already have a foaming pump and the sweet orange oil. I’m off to a good start…

  4. Katrina on March 19th, 2010 7:02 pm

    Thank you for such a quick, simple recipe! I am going to make some today!

  5. Ginny Cardenas on March 20th, 2010 4:17 am

    Great post! I’m off to buy the ingredients. Thanks!

  6. April Edwards on March 24th, 2010 12:10 pm

    I would suggest researching the oils you want to use before purchasing them. You will find that certain oils aren’t very nice when they come in contact with skin,even in soap. They may need dilution. Otherwise, this is a great idea.

  7. Amy : Body and Bath Products on March 25th, 2010 9:59 pm

    Thanks for posting this. I love new recipes for soaps and lotions. This looks like a good one.