Store-bought hand wash and hand sanitisers are quite frankly a chemical sh*t storm!

We’re talking serious nasties like:

Found in some toothpaste and anti-bacterial hand washes, this chemical was first registered as a pesticide in the 60’s! It’s found to be behind a lot of antibiotic resistance and superbugs. After it reached the headlines on the news last year, many companies started to take this chemical out of their toothpaste and liquid hand soap ranges.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) is what makes bubbles, usually in shampoos, dish liquid and liquid soaps. You’ll find these two nasties in up to 90% of personal care items. There is a high risk that in the manufacturing process, these two chemicals are contaminated with other chemicals known to be human carcinogens (cancerous).

These are synthetic preservatives that come in different forms and are found absolutely everywhere. Many companies are recognizing ongoing consumer concerns, and are now reformulating their product as a paraben-free range. While this is a fantastic industry shift, you need to be careful that they’re not replacing parabens with another harmful preservative such as phenoxyethanol.  Current studies show that phenoxyethanol is irritating to the skin, hormone-disrupting and cell-mutating.

Parabens are also known to disrupt hormones, especially in younger aged people and lead to cancer when used over a long period of time. Look out for the word paraben on the ingredients list, and if in doubt, bring out your phone and Google any ingredient you don’t recognize while at the store.

Fragrance | Parfum | Perfume
These words are collective terms that can be made up of hundreds of chemicals in products.  Manufacturers are under no obligation to tell their consumers, exactly what those chemicals are.  It’s their little trade secret. Instead choose scented products that you know are naturally sourced, including pure essential oils.

So, here’s how you can easily avoid all this ⬆️ and make your own non-toxic hand wash and hand sanitiser, in minutes, that actually works and is good for you AND the environment.

Hand Wash


2 tbsp. liquid castile soap
1 tbsp. fractionated coconut oil
20 drops essential oils
Filtered or distilled water
Foaming pump bottle


  1. Pour castile soap and fractionated coconut oil into bottle.
  2. Add essential oils and give it a swish around to emulsify the oils and soap.
  3. Top up the bottle with water, making sure to not fill all the way to the top so that the pump/lid can fit back in the bottle without spilling over.
  4. Screw the pump/lid back into place.
  5. Shake to emulsify all ingredients.
  6. Now it’s ready to use.  Just make sure to give it a shake every so often to re-emulsify the contents.

Essential oil options:

On Guard and Litsea
Wild Orange and Peppermint
Wild Orange and Lemon
On Guard
Lavender and Wild Orange
Patchouli and Lime
Balance and Citrus Bliss

Hand Sanitiser


5 tbsp. aloe vera gel
4 tbsp. filtered or distilled water
1/4 tsp. vitamin E oil
15 drops On Guard essential oil
Travel-sized squirt/pump bottle


  1. Combine the aloe vera gel and vitamin E oil together in a bowl.
  2. Add 15 drops On Guard essential oil.
  3. Add water and mix until well combined.
  4. Pour into bottle.
  5. Now it’s ready to use.

Things To Note

You can source castile soap, aloe vera gel and vitamin E oil from your local health food store or online from Oils for Life Australia – use code: SISTERS for a discount.

As for the foaming pump bottle and travel-sized squirt/pump bottle, see if you already have some lying around at home that you can empty, clean out and repurpose.  Every little bit of plastic we save from going into landfill is a really good thing.  Just make sure with plastic that it states either PET1 or PET2 on the bottom of the bottle as this will mean it is safe to use with essential oils.

As for the essential oils, we only use and recommend doTERRA Essential Oils because we know they are of the purest quality.  If you want to get some for yourself, then you can head to our website for all the details and to order.

DIY doesn’t have to be hard, a few minutes of effort can save you and your family a lifetime of exposure to nasty chemicals.

Much love,

Jo and Tracey x