You can make this recipe without the almond oil and glycerin, but the addition of these ingredients makes this hand cleanser silky and moisturizing. It works great if the bottle has a foaming pump – reuse an old one if possible; a regular soap or lotion bottle will work, too, but won’t dispense much foam.
Try these essential oil combinations in your hand cleanser, each of them featuring bright citrus to help deal with kitchen prep odours such as onions and garlic:
Sunny Citrus: 6 lavender • 6 sweet orange • 12 lemon (I made a bottle for myself and one for my mom, who loved it!)
Lemons ’n Roses: 8 lemon • 8 rose geranium • 8 grapefruit
Citrus Mint: 6 tangerine • 6 grapefruit • 6 lime • 6 spearmint
- 16 oz. (500 mL) bottle with pump dispenser
- ¼ cup unscented liquid castile soap
- 1 tbsp sweet almond oil (or fractionated coconut/apricot kernel/jojoba oil)
- 1 tbsp vegetable glycerin
- up to 25 drops essential oils
- 1 ¼ cups distilled water
Mix castile soap, almond oil and glycerin together and pour in bottle. Add your choice of essential oils. Add distilled water, making sure to leave room for the pump and to allow the mixture to foam up when shaken. Shake well before each use.