Healthy Home: DIY Two-Ingredient Chemical Free Handsoap

This post is a bit of a departure from my normal variety as this recipe isn’t edible, and quite frankly, it’s even less of a recipe and more of a mixing and pouring of two things. Nevertheless, I’m sharing it for three reasons:

  1. It’ll save you money in the long run.
  2. It reduces the toxic load on your body.
  3. It’s so easy to make, that it’d be a crime not to share this!


I mentioned in my previous post that I was replacing a lot of my beauty products, home cleaners and cleansers to chemical-free versions to lessen my toxin exposure and to be better to the environment. It just makes sense not to put chemicals in your body, you know? We often don’t read or question what’s on the labels of some of our frequently used products, but I was curious and did a bit of research. Here’s a rundown of two common chemicals you find in hand soap:

Triclosan – used as an antibacterial/antiviral agent, this can be found in hand soap, deodorant, cleansers and even “antibacterial” items like toys and garbage bags. I even recall using toothpaste that contained this chemical. Frightening. Research has shown it to be a hormone disruptor and is known to affect aquatic environments by forming dioxins that are known to bioaccumulate. Worse still, it is believed to have been a contributing factor to the antibiotic resistant strains of “superbug” bacteria kicking around.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) – this chemical is responsible for that foaming action we like in a soap. It can be derived from petroleum (yuck!) or plants and is known to be an irritant to our skin, eyes and respiratory tract. (Why, oh why are we even using this?) Through processing, SLES was created to make SLS less irritating which can potentially contain dioxane a compound which may cause cancer and also persists in the environment. Oh my.

If this doesn’t make you sit up and take note, our hand soaps usually have a whole whack load of other chemicals, including “fragrance” which can be one of the biggest offenders of them all since this single word can encapsulate a mixture of hundreds of chemicals.

So feel like making a switch? No problem! The solution is below and will take you less than a minute to make.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • a foaming hand pump dispenser (I got mine from local kitchen supply store on sale)
  • 2 tbsp. Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap – (I like lavender but there are many other natural scents they make, as well as unscented)
  • 1 cup “distilled” water (I just boiled some and let it cool)

Here’s what you do:

Pour the water in your foaming hand pump and add the castile soap. Screw on lid and swirl gently  to mix a few times and use! It’s really that simple.

Perfect foaming and chemical-free hand soap - truefoodlove

Perfect foaming and chemical-free hand soap – truefoodlove

Keep in mind that since there aren’t any chemical preservatives in this recipe, I only try to make as much as I’ll use in about 2 weeks. Since this uses boiled water, the chlorine that would inhibit bacterial growth is removed. If you have more people in your household and see yourself going through more, by all means, double the recipe. At less than $0.50 for each batch above, (mine will cost me $0.29 – I bought the soap on sale) it’s easy on the wallet too.

Stay clean and chemical-free friends!


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