DIY natural hand wash

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Making your own natural hand wash is really easy, more cost effective than buying organic hand wash, and this way you have complete peace of mind that there is no harmful ingredients, which is often the case with brands you buy from the supermarket.

There is one particular brand that I’ve seen in every home I’ve been to, to carry out healthy home audits. It positions itself as organic and earth friendly, but at least one of it’s products  has an ingredient that is considered to be an environmental pollutant that is toxic to fish, and one that is a known eye, skin & lung irritant (it’s actually used in lab testing to intentionally harm skin).

I prefer not to have to spend time going through ingredients lists with a fine tooth comb to work out which brands I trust, instead I have a few key base ingredients that I use for making my own cleaning and personal care products – Dr Bronner’s unscented pure castille soap is one (as well as bicarb soda, vinegar and essential oils).

Here is how to make your own hand wash in under two minutes (this could double as a body wash too)…


You will need: 

  • 3 tablespoons Dr Bronner’s pure castille liquid soap – baby unscented
  • 1 tablespoon fractionated coconut oil (I use DoTERRA’s FCO, you could also use almond oil, apricot kernel oil or jojoba oil
  • 12 drops of your favourite essential oils
  • Filtered water
  • 250ml glass bottle (I use this one).

    What to do:
  • Add the castille soap and fractionated coconut oil to your 250ml amber glass bottle
  • Then add your essential  oils, and top with filtered water, leaving enough room at the top for the foaming pump

    Essential oil suggestions
  • DoTERRA’s OnGuard protective blend is great for preventing illness in the household (and classrooms and workplaces for that matter).
  • Lemon, wild orange, geranium, rosemary, clove, eucalyptus, tea tree, lavender, peppermint, bergamot, grapefruit, litsea, citrus bliss, and Roman chamomile would all be great in your hand wash too.Click here for info on why I use DoTERRA oils and how you can purchase them (or feel free to reach out to me directly and click here if you’d like to come to one of my workshops and learn how you can make other natural cleaning and personal care products for your home using essential oils.


This post is not sponsored by Dr Bronner’s or Pack My Product, nor am I affiliated with them in anyway.  I am a Wellness Advocate for DoTERRA essential oils. 


Zara is a healthy home coach and keynote speaker on a mission to empower 1 million people to takes steps towards a healthier home. Zara learned about the link between our homes and our health after going through two different types of cancer. Zara is passionate about shining the spotlight on what she believes to be the least understood health challenges of our time, and sharing the things she wishes she had known, that could have prevented the illnesses she has been through. Recognised as one of Australia’s leading health influencers, Zara was a finalist in the 2014 Bupa Health Influencer of the Year Awards. She has appeared on TEN News, Today Show and The Project, been featured in the Herald Sun, I Quit Sugar, and contributed Medibank’s Be. Magazine and Fairfax health online publications. Zara contributed to the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s first comprehensive report on breast cancer in young women in Australia.

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