It’s next to impossible to find a non-toxic, triclosan-free foaming hand wash. Triclosan is the main ingredient in nearly all antibacterial hand soaps but it is toxic.
The good news is you can use your current foaming hand soap containers and make your own for practically pennies!
You will need:
A foaming hand soap container (empty of course)
Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Liquid Soap (your favorite scent)
Distilled or purified water
Tea tree oil (optional)
1. Find the “fill to this line” mark on the empty hand soap container so you can be sure not to overfill. You will use 4 or 5 parts water and 1 part Dr. Bronner’s. So if you have a 6 ounce container, you will use 5 ounces water to 1 ounce soap.
2. Fill your the container with the appropriate amount of the distilled or purified water.
3. Add the appropriate amount of Dr. Bronner’s soap up to the line.
4. You may choose add 1 drop of tea tree oil for antibacterial properties. Many do not like the strong smell, so do not add more than a drop or 2 if you choose to add it at all.
5. Screw on the top, give a gentle shake or swirl, and wash your hands!
If you find it is too soapy, or not soapy enough, you can add more or less soap the next time you make it.
Try different scents throughout the year. Peppermint would be nice in the winter (though it is tingly and may make your hands feel a little cool).
Making your own also ensures it’s free of parabens, formaldehyde and dioxanes.