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Cheap, Easy, Non-Toxic, DIY Hand soap

Why do I make my own hand soap? 4 Kids, that’s why. LOL
But there are other reasons.

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  1. No toxins like most store bought brands.
  2. It’s CHEAP!
  3. Very easy to do. Takes no time at all.
  4. I can make it smell the way I want it to or not smell at all.
  5. Antibacterial
  6. My daughters like to help

I could go on but basically, because my family is full of mutants (MTHFR) as I’ve mentioned in many of my other posts, we do not do well with most store bought personal hygiene products. Or as I like to say, store bought crap.



Have you looked at the ingredients of most store bought hand soaps?

  • Parabens:
    Parabens (such as methylparaben and propylparaben) are preservatives. Scientific studies have repeatedly shown that being exposed to parabens boosts a woman’s risk of developing any form of breast cancer (because parabens mimic the action of the hormone estrogen). Further studies have demonstrated that parabens can also cause neurological problems by way of nervous system toxicity.
  • Diethanolamine (or DEA):
    Diethanolamine (or DEA) is also extremely easily absorbed through your skin, and it combines with the nitrate preservatives commonly added to soaps to create nitroso diethanolamine (or NDEA). A wide range of studies have shown that NDEA is a potent carcinogenic, and it is most strongly linked to the development of kidney and liver cancers. In addition, pregnant women should be especially cautious of DEA, as it is capable of interfering with your body’s ability to absorb a nutrient called choline. Unborn children need choline if their brains are to develop properly. All of these concerns are also likely to apply to triethanolamine (or TEA), which is a derivative of DEA. If you are pregnant or nursing you should definitely avoid this and all other toxic soap ingredients on this list.
  •  Formaldehyde:
    Formaldehyde is commonly found in soaps, and so are chemicals that release formaldehyde (e.g. Diazolidinyl urea). Formaldehyde weakens the immune system, leading to a reduced resistance to disease,  it also causes respiratory disorders, chronic fatigue, frequent headaches, and an irregular heartbeat.
  • Sodium laurel sulfate (SLS):
    Sodium lauryl sulfate (or SLS) is one of the most common toxic soap ingredients added to soaps and shower gels. When SLS bonds with other common soap ingredients, it becomes a carcinogenic nitrosamine. One of the reasons SLS is so dangerous is that it permeates your skin very easily, and also makes your skin more permeable to all the other chemicals mentioned on this list. Further, tests on animals show that SLS causes skin irritation, leads to organ toxicity, promotes hormonal disruptions and increases your susceptibility to mood disorders.
  • Dioxane:
    Since dioxane is a synthetic derivative of coconut, some people mistakenly assume that it must be an innocuous ingredient in personal care products. However, it is actually a carcinogenic chemical that is also toxic to the brain, liver, and kidneys.
  • Fragrance:
    Almost store bought soap contains added fragrances. However, printing ‘fragrance’ on a soap label can be extremely misleading, it often means that up to thousands of different chemicals have been added to the soap. Fragrance ingredients increase your risk of developing a wide range of medical problems, including chronic dizziness, nausea, rashes, depression, respiratory distress and severe headaches. On a scale of one to ten, the Environmental Working Group rates fragrance as deserving of an eight.
  • PEG-6:
    PEG-6  commonly used in soap contains toxic impurities that can cause a wide range of dangerous conditions. Studies show that exposure can cause a large increase in your likelihood of developing breast cancer.
  • Triclosan:
    Triclosan is a pesticide that has antibacterial properties. Unfortunately, this antibacterial action makes triclosan one of the worst contributors to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance (which encourages the evolution of resilient bacteria that are extremely difficult to kill). Another important reason to avoid triclosan is that it is an endocrine disruptor. Endocrine disruptors cause potentially dangerous fluctuations in your hormone levels, and triclosan has been proven to have a particularly strong influence on the female sex hormone estrogen. The hormonal changes caused by triclosan can dramatically increase the likelihood of developing breast cancer.

What is in our DIY Soap?

  1. Castile Soap 
  2. Filtered Water
  3. Essential oil (optional)


We use very little castile soap. So it’s very inexpensive. Esp if you make your own.
Filtered water comes straight from our faucet, also very inexpensive and essential oil is optional. But we do like to add a few drops for antibacterial purposes and because it smells so good.


If DIY is not your thing you can also get a non-toxic premix here.

Do you make your own foaming hand soap?
What do you like to add in?

13 thoughts on “Cheap, Easy, Non-Toxic, DIY Hand soap

    1. I try to forget how much money we were spending before I realized how easy it was to refill the dispenser.

  1. I just bookmarked this for later!! It’s snowing here in Colorado right now, but I’m looking forward to making this soap as soon as I can go get the ingredients!

    1. Oh, I love and miss snow! I bet you’re ready for a break though 🙂
      Hope it works out well for you.

  2. Thank so much for sharing! That is really easy! I might even experiment with different oils to get different scents!

  3. I see you have a First Botany oil in your picture. Is that a good brand of oils. I have a lot of that brand in my EO cabinet, but quit using them because I suspected they were not pure. Are they actually good oils?

    1. That specific bottle of tea tree oil actually helped me clear up a thrush issue with oil pulling. And helped remove a wart from my duaghters finger in a few days. I wouldn’t use the brand internally but I have had good luck with it for external use. It’s also the fire tea tree oil I could stand the smell of.

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