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Anyone knows how to prepare "liquid handwash soap" at home, that is mild and environment friendly.


d2j54 years ago
i dont really have any ideas but i do know that u can use suger as pumice would be used in soap. im not shure how this would work out.
iPodGuy5 years ago
What about castille soap? It's made from vegetables.
kelseymh5 years ago
You could use lemon juice. The acid in it kills a lot of bacteria, and it is indeed environmentally friendly. The only problem is that lemon juice acts like water, and is not a gel-like substance like ordinary liquid soap. If you do that, make sure that you either get the juice from the lemons yourself, or make sure that whatever lemon juice you buy is made from real lemons.
Lemon juice is anti-microbial, but it requires at least ten minutes of soaking to work effectively. Also, lemon juice does not dissolve oil, so you would still need some kind of detergent to remove the bacteria in your skin oil.
Basically what you need is something that:
  • Dissolves both oil and water
  • Helps to scrub free dirt and unwanted flakes of skin
  • Can remain in a non-sterile environment for months without growing dangerous amounts of fungi or bacteria
Generic brand baby shampoo is extremely cheap and definitely mild.

I can think of another solution that is cost-effective and saves water too: Keep a rag soaking in lemon juice, vinegar, strong alcohol, or a strong solution of table salt. (This mostly prevents bacteria from multiplying on it.) Use the rag and a tiny drop of dishwashing soap to scrub your hands clean, then give them a rinse under the sink.

You might be tempted to keep a bottle of diluted soap, since most would clean perfectly well at a lower concentration. Don't do this without thinking it through. Detergents, acids, alcohols, and salts are generally unfriendly to bacteria and fungi. Vitamin E is effective too. (Despite what you may have heard, pure grapefruit seed extract is not.) But the more free water you have, the more inviting the substance will be to unwanted guests. You might be surprised what some organisms can tolerate. (FYI: Bleach, diluted and mixed with a weak acid like vinegar, is one of the most effective sanitizing solutions commonly available. Unfortunately, it is rather harsh on the skin, for the same reasons.)
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