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Exotic Citrus Foaming Hand Soap Recipe

Posted by on May 21, 2013 in For Your Home, Green Clean | 1 comment

Exotic Citrus Foaming Hand SoapLast weekend, I ran out of foaming hand soap for the kitchen and invented a new recipe worth sharing. My previous kitchen foaming hand soap recipe used lavender essential oil so it had a strong floral scent. This time I went a little lighter and brighter in anticipation of summer with an exotic, citrus scent.

When I make foaming hand for the kitchen I always include a bactericide to kill any bad bacteria, like salmonella  that may be left on my hands if I’m unlucky enough to handle contaminated food. Bactericidal essential oils also act as antiseptics, cleaning and prohibiting bacteria growth in cuts.

In kitchen soaps you may also want to include an antibacterial agent, a grease cutter, and, if you work with other foods that tend to leave your hands with a fragrance, a deodorant.

For this recipe lemon essential oil is the bactericide, antibacterial agent and grease cutter. Sweet orange is added for it’s fragrance though it’s also  a grease cutter, like most citrus essential oils. Lastly, since I chop lots of garlic, eucalyptus essential oil is included as the deodorant.

I love making my own foaming hand soaps because it’s an inexpensive way to get chemical free soap and it reduces my consumption of single use containers and the pumps which are not recyclable in my area. If you have a foaming hand soap bottle that’s empty, you can reuse it to make your soap. If not, the Cuisipro 13.2-Ounce Foam Pump is the pump featured in the picture. Both Kim and I have one, and we think they are fantastic.

If you have any recipes you love for foaming hand soap, please share it with us in the comments below. I’m always looking to try something new.

Exotic Citrus Foaming Hand Soap
The scent is light and bright, but this is a serious kitchen soap with a bactericide and antibacterial agent to keep you safe.
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  1. 13 ounces distilled water
  2. 2.5 ounces liquid castile soap
  3. 20 drops lemon essential oil
  4. 20 drops sweet orange essential oil
  5. 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  1. Put all ingredients in your foaming soap dispenser and stir.
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Nicole knows making small changes for the greener add up over time and hopes you’re inspired to make some changes of your own after reading her articles. She focuses on easy, green, homemade personal products and green living tips for city dwellers. Nicole lives in Pittsburgh, PA and you can find her on twitter at @_nlg_.

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  1. u of m housing

    This is wonderful! Green cleansers like this are less hazardous to the environment so it’s great to use.

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