Homemade Hand Soap

In the days of counting pennies, this will help if you buy the hand soap pumps like I do. Once that pump is empty, I make my own for pennies using 1 Tbsp. dish soap (any kind will do), and 1 tsp. of bleach. Fill slowly with water and shake gently. You have a great hand soap that kills germs for pennies, compared to buying new pumps or the refills for them.

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Editor's Note: Many dish soaps contain ammonia, which should not be combined with bleach. Be cautious as this can create a toxic gas that could be harmful or even fatal.


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September 27, 20140 found this helpful
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Actually I work in food service and soap kills bleach. We are told by the health department to wash the dishes then rinse in clear water then sanitize... that's the reason for triple sinks in restaurant kitchens. Soap kills bleaches effectiveness. So adding bleach to your hand soap will not make it antibacterial.

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November 27, 20130 found this helpful

I gave a 'thumbs down' because of the bleach. It demulsifies your skin... ever touch bleach and feel how slippery your skin gets? That's because it's drawing the fats out of your skin!

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Just use the dish soap as a replacement. It's safer and a good hand washing is just as effective as putting any disinfectant into your soap.

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March 21, 20140 found this helpful

You have to know that adding bleach to some dish detergents can give off a terrible odor that will send you running for your inhaler. Use caution.
Terri

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September 27, 20140 found this helpful

To really save money, spend a little more up front and get foaming soap pumps. You only fill a small amount of the bottle with soap and the rest with water. You can get the really big soap refills and end up paying just pennies per soap pump bottle-full.

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September 27, 20140 found this helpful

I didn't mention that I don't usually use dish soap more than I have to because It's a detergent and leaves my skin too dry.

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September 27, 20140 found this helpful

Sorry, now that I re-read I see it's just one tablespoon which would probably be fine. I find the foaming pumps work well for me, though.

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September 6, 20160 found this helpful

I wouldn't use bleach on my hands. It's pretty strong acid.

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