Citrus Liquid Hand Soap Recipe

Follow this chemical-free liquid hand soap recipe to make a homemade antibacterial soap rich in energizing citrus.

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Citrus essential oil is naturally energizing and great for using in homemade cleaning products.

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, such as 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.

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

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