If you are looking for how to make vegan personal care items, we are sharing how to make liquid hand soap, hand sanitizer, toothpaste, baby wipes, and cleaning spray.
We understand that as you head out to stores to stock up that things are depleting rapidly.
You find yourself not even being able to get the things that you may truly need for your home.
This has left many people feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, and sometimes even angry.
We understand how defeating all of this can be.
Last week, we gave you guys a list of Vegan Foods with Longest Shelf Life, a pantry survival list for vegans.
Today, we want to take the time to give you some alternatives to household goods that you may have trouble finding and how you can still recreate them without being able to buy them.
We know this is much different than normal posts, especially our recipes, that we normally share; however, we are hoping that this truly helps you during this time.
*Note: We understand that even some of these ingredients are selling out or becoming hard to find; however they should stock faster than the items they may be replacing.
How to make your own Hand Sanitizer:
- 2/3 cup rubbing alcohol (70% or higher)
- 1/3 cup pure Aloe Vera gel
- 8 – 10 drops of essential oil (germ destroying, eucalyptus or tea tree are best or just do lavender for scent if desired
Mix everything together well and put into a small squeeze bottle or hand pump.
If you cannot find rubbing alcohol, Everclear (no other type of vodka) could substitute; however, medical experts warn that you need to make sure to use the correct amount of Aloe because pure vodka like Everclear can easily burn skin and it’s also highly flammable.
It’s best to just wash your hands for 20 seconds as much as possible.
How to make liquid homemade soap:
There are multiple different ways to make liquid soap at home. We are providing you with two different options today.
How to make with liquid castile soap
- 1/2 cup distilled water
- 1/2 cup castile soap liquid
- 2 TB nourishing oil, same or 1 tb of 2 different ones – examples, Vitamin E Oil, Jojoba, Olive, Sweet Almond (coconut oil not a good option because It can clog the pump if it hardens)
- 15 drops tea tree essential oil
- 5-10 drops lavender essential oil
Directions: To a soap dispenser, add the water, then the remaining ingredients. Shake together. Shake before using and use as desired.
How to make with bars of soap
- 4 ounce of bar soap, finely grated (any vegan bar of soap will work)
- 1/2 gallon of water
- 1 tbsp glycerin (optional)
- Optional: Essential Oils of your preference
Directions: Heat water (not boiling) in large pot. Pour grated soap in and stir until dissolved. Add glycerin and essential oils if desired. Pour into jug or small soap dispensers. Let sit overnight. Shake well before using.
How to make homemade baby wipes:
We know that toilet paper is scarce and because of that people have resorted to buying wipes. However, that is now leaving parents with baby without actual wipes.
First, before you rush to make these, I want to say that especially for newborns, baby washcloths work perfectly and can just be rinsed and then washed in your washing machine.
We know that weirds some people out so here’s how you can make your own.
- Roll of paper towels
- 3 1/2 cups water
- 4 tbsp baby soap
- 1 tbsp nourishing oil like jojoba, sweet almond, vitamin E, or even baby oil
Cut the paper towels in half. Then place into a container with a lid. Pour in the remaining ingredients and give a gentle shake. Use as needed.
How to make homemade cleaning solution:
Vinegar has been shown to disinfect and kill bacteria. Since it can be hard to find cleaning products we now, this is how you can make your own.
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup vinegar (white or apple cider vinegar)
- 15-20 drops of essential oil (like a germ destroying, lemon, orange, lavender)
Mix everything into a spray bottle, shake and use as needed to clean tables, floors, dust and more.
How to make homemade toothpaste:
This one may seem odd to be included, but while everyone is worried about toilet paper and food, did you remember your personal care products?
Here’s a quick homemade toothpaste
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 3 tbsp baking soda
- 3 tbsp xylitol (optional)
- 15 drops peppermint essential oil (or cinnamon essential oil)
Directions: Soften coconut oil and mix in other ingredients. Stir together well. Add to a small jar, preferably glass, with a lid. Each person in the house should have their own jar.
We hope that this post was helpful to you! We will be working to expand this list so let us know if you are looking for other DIY personal care recipes.