DIY Antibacterial Handwash

Kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria. That’s what we’re told, right? When we use products containing antibacterial chemicals, we’re promised that it will remove 99.9% of the unwanted germs on our hands and other surfaces, but what about that 0.01%? What happens to them? Those germs and bacteria that were left behind slowly become more resistant, and pass on that resistance to future offspring…

Now for me, one of the biggest reasons I chose to switch to making my own hand soap was to minimise my exposure to unnecessary antibacterial chemicals, as it’s having a HUGE impact on our gut flora, and is believed to be contributing to the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria.

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Antibacterial hand wash made with natural ingredients that contain antibacterial, antimicrobial, antifungal, and antiviral properties! No need for harmful chemicals. 

Antibacterial Handwash

Now, I can understand that it is a concern for some to wash their hands with simple plain soap and water (although this has been shown to be just as effective as antibacterial washes), so I thought I’d share a really great, all natural, antibacterial liquid soap you can make at home that won’t impact your delicate gut flora, and will help in ensuring your hands stay clean!

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You can use a squeeze bottle like me, or a pump soap dispenser to give the wash a foaming texture.

The essential oils used in this recipe have been selectively picked due to their natural antibacterial properties:

  • Clove – anti-microbial
  • Peppermint – anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal
  • Cinnamon Leaf – antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic
  • Eucalyptus – may help to treat skin infections, and is a natural germicide
  • Tea tree – naturally anti-microbial and anti-septic

Note: Just something to keep in mind when making this soap, if you have sensitive skin it is wise to use less essential oils, as some of the oils can be irritating to sensitive skin. The coconut oil acts as a carrier oil, but still use caution and test a little on your skin before using, just in case.

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This wash can also be used as a natural hand sanitizer to take with you when out and about!

DIY Antibacterial Hand Soap Recipe

This recipe is courtesy of Hello Glow, and is one of my fav go-to DIY soaps to use at home and as a sanitiser to take on-the-go!


  • 12 oz water (distilled or boiled is preferable, but if you’re going to use it within a few weeks, normal water is fine)
  • 2 tbsp castile soap
  • 2 tsp fractionated coconut oil
  • 15 drops clove essential oil
  • 10 drops tea tree oil
  • 5 drops cinnamon leaf essential oil
  • 5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • Empty foaming hand soap dispenser


  1. Add the water to the soap dispenser (you want to add the water first, not the soap otherwise it will create bubbles) and leave about 1 inch at the top (to ensure there’s space for the soap to be added and so that it doesn’t overflow when you pop the foaming pump on).
  2. Add the castile soap, fractionated coconut oil, and essential oils.
  3. Pop the lid on and lightly swish to mix.
  4. Lightly swish the soap in the dispenser before each use, then squirt a small amount on your hands as needed, rinsing with water.

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The essential oils chosen were picked specifically for their antibacterial properties. If you have sensitive skin, make sure to use less oils, and do a tester on a small bit of skin to make sure no irritation occurs. 

For a live run-through of how I make this natural antibacterial handwash, see my video tutorial below!

As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products.

Do you use antibacterial soap? Have you made your own soap before? I’d love to hear all about it!

Lots of love,

🖤 Vanessa