I’m not a big fan of commercial soap. It smells too fake and it’s always very strongly scented. As I’ve moved into more natural living, I’ve found that I don’t need things that smell strongly. I’ve come to associate cleanliness with a lack of strong smell (other than when I’m cleaning with vinegar…and even then, the vinegar smell disperses quickly.) If I’m smelling something strong, that means something needs to be cleaned, pronto! I actually prefer it that way. It also makes more sense to me as well. When did strong floral or citrus smells come to mean cleanliness? Anyways, I digress.
This hand soap is made with three ingredients, one is water and the other is optional! It’s very simple to make and only takes a few seconds. When you’re busy running a house and things are crazy, you don’t need a super complicated recipe to put together, just for hand soap. At that point, it would almost be worth it to just buy soap. The best thing about this simple recipe is that it works very well! My husband even likes it, which is a huge thing. He’s actually avoided using some hand soap I’ve made before by going to the kitchen to wash his hands after using the bathroom.
I’ve used peppermint castile soap for the base and added orange essential oil. It sounds like a weird combination, but actually smells really good! I originally used tea tree essential oil (for its antibacterial properties), but my husband didn’t like the smell. You can use any of the other castile soap scents that are out there. I know Dr. Bronner has almond, eucalyptus, rose, lavender, tea tree, and citrus varieties. You can also just use plain castile soap and use essential oils for the scent. This recipe is easily modified for your preferences.
What scent combos do you like best?
- 1/2 c. liquid peppermint castile soap
- 1/2 c. water
- 5 drops orange or tea tree essential oil, optional
- Add all ingredients to a clean soap dispenser.
- Turn dispenser over to mix all ingredients gently.