Citrus Liquid Hand Soap Recipe

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Citrus essential oil is naturally energizing and great for using in homemade cleaning products.
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Learn how to make 150 everyday organic cleaning products at home with "The Organically Clean Home" by Becky Rapinchuk.

The cleaning products found under most kitchen sinks can wreak havoc on your health and budget, as well as our planet. In The Organically Clean Home (F+W Media, 2014), author Becky Rapinchuk offers 150 easy-to-make homemade cleaning products. In this excerpt, from chapter 3 “Recipes from the Kitchen”, learn how to make a homemade antibacterial soap without harmful chemicals.

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Citrus Liquid Hand Soap

Store-bought antibacterial soap is proven to get rid of germs, but it also gets rid of the “good germs” that our bodies need to build up immunities. This fresh-smelling blend will eliminate garlic and onion odors from your hands and get your hands perfectly clean and rid of germs without the use of chemicals like triclosan.

• 1 cup liquid castile soap
• 10 drops lemon essential oil
• 10 drops orange essential oil
• 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil

To make:Combine ingredients in a decorative soap pump, seal and shake thoroughly to combine.

To use:Use a pump of soap, rub hands together, and wash off with warm water.

To store:Make this citrusy hand soap one soap pump at a time. Makes 8 ounces.

Helpful Hint

Recite a nursery rhyme or sing “Happy Birthday” for a full 30 seconds while washing to effectively wash all the germs from your hands.


Unscented: Use unscented castile soap and don’t add any essential oils.

Peppermint and Lavender: Substitute 10 drops peppermint and 10 drops lavender essential oils for the lemon and orange.

Lemon and Rosemary: Substitute 10 drops rosemary essential oil for the orange.

Learn more about nontoxic cleaners in the article Why Use Organic Cleaning Products.

Excerpted from The Organically Clean Home Copyright © 2014 by Rebecca Rapinchuk, cleanmama.net, and published by F+W Media, Inc. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.

Published on Jul 22, 2014

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