DIY Hand Soap

I’m on a quest to transition products to healthier versions and reduce toxins in my home. The next DIY project on my list was hand soap.

DIY Hand Soap

You need the following three things & water to make DIY Hand Soap:

I purchased 2 mason jar soap dispensers from Bed, Bath & Beyond for $11.99 CDN each. One for the kitchen and one for our bathroom.

I ordered a bottle of the doTERRA On Guard Cleaner Concentrate on my last LRP order (loyalty rewards program). It contains a blend of Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils.

My mom picked up a 1.18L bottle of Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Pure Castile Soap from Costco.


Add 24 oz of water in the mason jar soap dispenser.

Then add 2 tablespoons of the On Guard Cleaner Concentrate.

Then fill the jar up the rest of the way with Pure Castile Soap.

Caveat: The mixture does not foam as much as normal hand soap but easily washes makeup, dirt, oil, etc off my hands. It smells like peppermint, orange, and cinnamon!

So why does it not foam? Common foaming agents used in consumer products are the chemicals ammonium lauryl sulfate, sodium dodecyl sulfate (sometimes referred to as sodium laureth sulfate) which aren’t found in either the Dr. Bronner’s or the On Guard. It’s interesting that we only associate foaming with clean. I personally like the smell and the fact that its been doing an amazing job as hand soap in my house.

I use the Healthy Living app by Environmental Working Group to look at how products are rated. The lower the rating the healthier the product.

Healthy Living App

If you’d like to learn more about doTERRA On Guard products or why I’m in love with the LRP program from doTERRA let me know in the comments below or email me at

Happy Hand Washing!

6 thoughts on “DIY Hand Soap

  1. This is interesting because I make foaming hand soap with castile soap all the time and it foams up very well. I use 2 tablespoons with 6 ounces of water and 1/2 tsp almond oil. I was hoping to be able to substitute the castile soap with the onguard concentrate.

  2. DO you think the measurements would be different if using a foaming dispenser? I’m new to making my own hand soap and yours is the first I’ve seen using the concentrate!

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