Commercial hand washes that contain antibacterial agents are toxic. Triclosan is one of those agents. According to the Environmental Working Group, triclosan is linked to liver and inhalation toxicity, and low levels may disrupt thyroid function. Wastewater treatment does not remove all of the chemical, which means it ends up in our lakes, rivers and water sources. That’s especially unfortunate since triclosan is very toxic to aquatic life. Triclosan has been in the news recently and big Australian manufacturers will be removing it from their antibacterial hand washes by the end of 2017.

Here’s a random fact for you: shopping receipts are covered in BPA, and when you use hand sanitisers (many containing triclosan), then handle receipts, you increase your body’s ability to absorb this toxic chemical. Crazy!

This foaming hand wash contains a handful of ingredients. It is deliciously foamy and so simple to make. So go on, JUST DO IT!!


Makes: 200 g Prep time: < 5 min


• 65 g liquid castile soap
• 15-20 drops of essential oils
• 135 g water (see recipe notes)


My favourite essential oils in this recipe are lemon, tea tree and clove, but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.


Foaming Pump Bottle


1. Add castile soap and essential oils to a bowl and mix until combined.
2. Wait a few minutes (this gives the essential oils time to disperse within the castile soap), add water and mix until combined.
3. Transfer into foaming pump bottle.

To Use

Massage 1-2 pumps of foam over hands. Rinse with warm water.

Recipe Notes

Water should be distilled, purified or pre-boiled and cooled to extend shelf life.
You might find it easier to add ingredients directly into your soap dispenser (a foaming pump bottle must be used for this recipe).

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger


Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious choices that honour both humans and habitat. It is her mission to gently guide people towards this beautiful way of life. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to increasing awareness on common and avoidable toxins, as well as educating individuals on simple ways they can adjust their lifestyles to better serve themselves, and the planet. Natural DIY is Krissy’s speciality, and she has sold over 80,000 copies of her recipe books, including her latest book, The Lifestyle Edit, the award-winning, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and her kids book, Make & Play - Natural DIY Recipes for Kids.

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