Photo Credit: Sam Beebe, Ecotrust via Compfight cc

Photo Credit: Sam Beebe, Ecotrust via Compfight cc

If you search for “is antibacterial soap bad” or something similar on Google, you’ll find a bunch of articles explaining why you should not be using antibacterial soaps. I’m pretty sure however, that if you look long enough you’ll find other articles saying that it’s fine to use them. In cases like this, I always like to err on the said of caution, and if regular soap is going to clean my hands just as well as the antibacterial stuff, then I’ll avoid any potential hazards and go that route.
The really cool thing about soap is that you can make your own in no time at all. You have control over everything that goes into it, and it will do a fantastic job of keeping your family’s hands nice and clean…just as good as any store-bought brand.


  • 1/2 cup liquid Castile Soap
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 TB vitamin E oil
  • 1 TB sweet almond or jojoba oil
  • 15 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 5-10 drops lavender or peppermint essential oil


  1. Find a used soap dispenser, and add your water. If you do not plan on using the soap right away, you should boil the water first or used distilled water.
  2. After the water is added, pour in the liquid castile soap.
  3. Then add your essential oils.
  4. Shake the dispenser until all of your ingredients are thoroughly mixed.

Using Your Soap

Your soap mixture will settle a bit once it sits, so you’ll want to shake your dispenser for a few seconds before each use. Once it’s been shaken, just squirt a little out on your hands, lather and rinse. This natural soap recipe will clean your hands as well as any other soaps, but without the use of any harsh chemicals.
Most of these ingredients can be found in the natural/health section of your grocery store. If not, you can try a store like the Vitamin Shoppe, or look online at places like Amazon.