All natural hand soap

What is all natural hand soap? Why should you use it?

All natural soap is a mixture of oils or fats in an alkali solution. When done in the right conditions, this mixture will saponify and create soap. Saponification is the name of the organic chemistry.  

Not all natural hand soap is created equally. Ingredient quality, techniques, skill and recipes all play a part in whether your natural hand soap experience will be a pleasant or painful one. 

Using well made, good natural hand soap is best. You would be having a great day if your hands had soft skin instead of chapped skin. If you are using a soap that leaves your skin dry, itchy and irritated, you should consider switching to a well made natural soap. Soap is best for cleaning anything and everything, especially when it's the best soap.

All natural hand soap is versatile

Stove 15Soap your stovetop grills in Instant Liquid Soap to remove grease and caked on food

How many different "cleaning fluids" do you have cluttering up your under the sink cabinets, mop closets, and basements? One color cleaning fluid for dishes, another for the floors, an aerosol for furniture, and something else for rugs. Then there's a different one for shower tile, and yet another one for your hands.  They all come in single use plastic bottles, since the fumes are too strong and offensive to reuse the bottle for anything else. They irritate your skin, lungs and give you headaches, all in the name of making yourself and your environment "clean".

What does clean mean anyway? Does it only mean sparkly and shiny? I think not. To me, the concept of cleanliness is far more complex in terms of pathogens and far simpler in terms of how many cleaning products you really need.

We have one liquid cleaning fluid in our life. It's the versatile, all natural hand soap, also known as Instant Liquid Soap. We also have one bar soap, our super lathery, hard long lasting Ithaca Soap Bars. Those 2 forms of natural hand soap, with natural additions, like vinegar, is all you need to clean everything in your life. 

Concept of cleanliness

The concept of cleanliness is far more complex than it looks. You are getting rid of microscopic pathogens. Dirt, grime, grease, viruses, bad bacteria, vermin, bugs, dust, oders. When these constant microbes linger for too long, the cats move over to another, cleaner spot and the neighborhood rats smell something for dinner.

I'm making light of this fact, because it's not pleasant to discuss. The concept of cleanliness means all of those problems are far away from your house, your children and other family members, your pets, your yard, your chicken coop, and you. All natural hand soap is an easy solution to the complex concept of cleanliness. 

All Natural Hand Soap has many uses

Kitchen soap

Soapy canning jarsWash all of your Mason Jars with Instant Liquid Soap. It will not leave a soap taste or residue. Your canned goods will taste like the food you love.

Kitchen Soap that's versatile

  1. All natural dish soap to Hand wash dishes 
  2. Appliance cleaner to Clean a greasy stovetop
  3. Clean your refrigerator
  4. Clean small kitchen appliances
  5. Fruit and vegetable wash
  6. Farm fresh egg wash (right before cracking open the egg)
  7. Wash your bread baking banneton liners
  8. Kitchen cabinet and counter cleaner 

Bathroom Soap

Hair brush 3Clean your hair brushes

The best way to clean a bathroom and everything in it

  1. Clean hair brushes
  2. Clean your toilet
  3. Use as an accessory to your bidet toilet seat
  4. Bubble bath and Shower body wash
  5. Waterless Hand Soap aka Go Soap for locations without water
  6. All natural hand wash soap at every sink
  7. Clean your shower, bathtub, and bathroom tile and grout
  8. Scrape, wound, and minor cut antiseptic wash. Make a 1st aid kit
  9. All natural hand soap and foot soak
  10. fingernail cleaner
  11. Toothbrush cleaner

House cleaning

hanging laundry coverallsThis modern wind powered clothes dryer, coupled with old fashioned laundry soap, makes your clothes clean and fresh.

House Cleaning:

  1. Surface cleaning
  2. Clean your kitchen cupboards
  3. Wash your windows
  4. Mop the floors
  5. Clean paintings and art
  6. Hand wash laundry soap (calling all knitters! This is great for your hand knits)
  7. Make dry laundry soap for your washing machine. Click here for the simple recipe.
  8. Carpet and upholstery cleaner.

All Natural Hand soap perfect for pet and farm soap

Pets and Farm Soap (mostly cats and chickens, in my case)

All natural soap is great for all pets and farm cleaning tasks

  1. Clean the cat litter box 
  2. Clean pet drinking fountain 
  3. Clean up pet messes
  4. Clean your chicken coop

All Natural Hand Soap is a great mechanic soap

Car wash 4Clean your car using biodegradable soap, instead of toxic car cleaners

Mechanics Soap

  1. It's the best car wash, including detailing the inside of your car
  2. Wash your motorcycle
  3. Lube for car and motorcycle tire changing, replacing toxic lubricants

Outdoor all natural hand soap

garden sinkUse garden safe soap to wash your hands and leave dirt in the garden, instead of bringing it into your kitchen.
  1. Picnic soap (Waterless Hand Soap, aka Go Soap)
  2. Grill and outdoor kitchen soap
  3. Garden soap
  4. The Best Camping Soap
  5. Outdoor furniture cleaner

Castile Soap

The name Castile Soap, comes from the Castilian region of Spain. Originally, it was made out of olive oil, since that was and still is a commodity that Spain grows. Castile soap means a soap made from vegetable oil and not made out of animal fats or, more recently, petroleum oil. 

All natural hand soap made by Ithaca Soap is Castile soap, using these vegetable oils: organic coconut oil, sunflower oil, and olive oil. Ithaca Soap's facility is a palm oil free facility.

For more information on Castile soap and how to use it, click here

What is good hand soap? It is a vegetable soap (aka Castile soap) made from an oil and lye solution, specially formulated to be sudsy and gentle, while killing germs. The lather has the function of collecting excess dirt, puncturing germs and then removing them during the rinsing process.

The best antibacterial hand soap is all natural hand soap

All natural hand soap is antibacterial simply by its physical structure. It kills viruses, germs, bacteria, and any other pathogens it comes in contact with, by a mechanical process instead of a chemical reaction. Each soap molecule has a special shape that punctures virus membranes.

Many antibacterial soap products are not soap at all. They are detergent soap-like substances that fool you into thinking they are all natural soap. Detergents operate on a chemical reaction basis by breaking pathogens down, but not necessarily killing them. The pathogens are simply chopped up into very small pieces, placing them in a weakened state for a period of time, because they are temporarily in smaller pieces. The problem with antibacterial soap like substances, is that the pathogens they attempted to kill (but didn't) can grow back stronger.

Anything you wash your hands with goes into your waste water system, whether it's privately owned or a public utility. From there is goes back to the earth through that system. Soap with antibiotics in it, will go there also. Unfortunately, bacteria adapt to and become antibiotic resistant and mutate.

The Best Natural Hand Soap 

foaming pump 1This BPA free foaming pump makes a nice stiff foam with Instant Liquid Soap. The pump is made right here in the Finger Lakes, NY
Glass foam pumpfoaming pump in a reused 16 oz. glass mason jar or you can buy a complete pump with a brand new Mason Jar at ithaca

Waterless Hand Soap A.K.A "On the Go Soap"

Instant Liquid Soap diluted to Go Soap ratio is perfect for times when you need to wash your hands and you are not near running water. Simply apply the soap to your hands or any surface, rub it in for 20 seconds and it evaporates, without any sticky residue or unpleasant odor.

The dilute ratio is 1  bag Instant Liquid Soap bag makes 2 gallons of Go Soap. $.81 (cents) to refill your 16 oz. jar. 

We wash our hands many times throughout the day. The best natural hand soap is gentle on your skin while being tough on germs. It feels good and smells good, while keeping your hands clean. It is excellent for sensitive skin. 

Instant Liquid Soap is the perfect stovetop cleaner. It's gentle on your hands while being tough on built up, caked on grease. Click here to read How to Clean your Greasy Stovetop using zero waste natural soap methods

  1. Tear open pouch at notch
  2. Fill pouch with water to top of label. Gently stir.
  3. Pour into a reused plastic bottle. Use.

The future starts now as you end single use plastic bottles. Click here

18 in 1 soap plus a whole lot more

Natural hand soap is safe and effective. 

It has a ph above 8 which will kill all pathogens. Any soap saying it has a "0 ph" or a "neutral ph" is completely ineffective and you should stop using it. Nothing has a  zero ph.

A properly made natural soap with an alkaline ph is sudsy, leaving your hands soft and clean. Consider switching your soap to the best hand soap, if your skin is itchy or irritated after you use it. 

On the Go Soap

aka alcohol free hand sanitizer
or all natural hand soap 

Dry hands? Empower yourself with all natural hand soap. Say no to alcohol sanitizers right now. If you're on the go, make some Waterless Hand Soap, aka Go Soap. Good hand soap makes all of the difference.

In a world inundated with alcohol hand sanitizers (and hydrogen peroxide hand sanitizers), problems have been introduced into your life unnecessarily.

Waterless Hand Soap is otherwise known as soap and water. Definition of sanitizer: a substance designed to kill pathogens on a surface. This includes hands.

Waterless Hand Soap is an alcohol free hand sanitizer. The Instant Liquid soap diluted at the correct ratio makes a very cost effective and pleasant all natural hand soap for when you are not near running water.

Here's how Waterless Hand Soap works:

Spray a generous amount of the soap onto your hands. Then rub your hands together for 20 seconds to produce a lather. The lather collects excess oil and dirt, punctures and kills any virus and bacteria. It does so by by breaking down the outer virus and bacteria membrane, which exposes it to the alkaline environment, causing the disease to die. Ingredients: Saponified organic coconut oil.

One bag of Instant Liquid Soap Refill makes 2 gallons of Waterless Hand Soap, making a 2 oz. bottle of sanitizer cost $.10. Ten cents. When you pay $1.00, $3.00, $5.00 for alcohol in liquid vinyl gel, you are paying for the plastic bottle. 

foaming pump 1Wash your hands in comfort. Replace your alcohol sanitizers today.

Think about it: how many times have you touched your face today?Research shows that we touch our faces 23 times an hour. Every time we do, germs can get into our skin, our eyes, noses, or mouths. 

With Waterless Hand Soap though, it's easy to clean your hands on the go. It's completely organic, alcohol free and safe to use on skin and surfaces without leaving streaks behind. Swap out your hand sanitizer and feel the difference.

By changing to a non-toxic hand soap, your hands and hand washing experience will be more comfortable and you will be ready to deal with life's daily challenges. Clean hands, in waterless situations, is possible. Help your hands, and your mood, by changing what you wash them with. It's easier than it sounds. Comfort is your goal. Simply add good all natural hand soap to your life. It's easy. 

Check out what the CDC has to say about handwashing here:

Hand soap gels - What are they?

Hand soap gels are used to suspend and evenly distribute the "active" ingredients in personal care products. These active ingredients are usually potent in nature, so only a small amount is needed. These gels are vinyl polymers.

Take a moment to think about washing your hands with liquid vinyl. A plastic variety. It has no cleaning value and could possibly coat your hands. If it does coat your hands, even temporarily, you are possibly trapping in pathogens, such as germs and viruses. Wouldn't it be better to break them down and effectively kill them? A little common sense and critical thinking action will get your hands in great shape quickly. Consider changing your hand washing soap today. Select bar soapliquid soap, and waterless hand soap to fill all of your hand washing needs.

These gels are commonly called carbomer, carbopol, polymer, homopolymer, copolymer, etc. They are also a hydraulic fracturing fluid ingredient, used in the oil industry.  

Save money when using Ithaca Soap bars. Get up to 84 showers from 1 bar
Instant Liquid Soap. Dilute in the bag and pour into your bottle. This versatile Castile soap is sudsy, gentle on you while being a powerful cleaner.
Instant Liquid Soap makes an excellent fruit and vegetable wash

Ithaca Soap and LiXTiK Beeswax Lip Balm are made in an old fashioned style. We add 100% pure water processed, natural essential oils, creating pleasing delicate aromas to our scented soaps and lip balms. Everything in our product line also comes in unscented.

For a full product line ingredient list click here.

What soap is made from

Ingredients are important, if you are going to use it to clean your skin or anything that rinses off into the ground water, or you wash something that you eat with. What soap is made from matters.

Most other soaps, shampoo bars, hand sanitizers, lip balms and lotions include unnecessary, sometimes harmful ingredients - even the natural ones.

Below is a brief list of ingredients we do not use and the reasons why.

  • glycerine: is the drying protein extracted from whole, full fat oils
  • various salts, sugars and alcohols -  such as sodium phytate, Cocomidiproply Hydroxysultaine, sodium methyl coccyx taurate, sodium coco sulfate, caprylyl / carpal glucoside, laurel glucoside extracted from whole oils which can be drying to skin, and are lung and eye irritants
  •  sodium laurel sulfate, methylisothiazolinone, benziothiazolinone are foaming agents deemed to be unsafe  
  • thickeners, palm oil


How does soap kill germs?

Organic hand soap is filled with love and goodness, while it gently kills germs. Lather is important. When a soap is natural, lather has a very useful function. A properly made natural soap bar will always lather you up all the way down to the sliver and never spoil or turn to mush. 

Here's how good hand soap works:

The lather breaks down viruses by puncturing the lipid membrane on contact, thereby exposing it to the soap's alkaline environment, where pathogens cannot survive.

A soap's lather function is slightly different for bacteria. It collects excess oil and dirt by forming micelles. Read more about this here.

This sudsing action takes 20-30 seconds, and then pathogens are eliminated.

Alcohol sanitizers take between 4-30 minutes to achieve the same results. Minutes as opposed to seconds. Read more about this hereWash your hands in comfort. When you're on the go, replace your alcohol sanitizers today with Waterless Hand Soap.

Instant Liquid Soap Refill

Liquid Soap Refill is packed in a paper bag. You simply add water to get sudsy liquid soap. Please note that this is a Castile style soap with a lot of power in a thin soap.

I use liquid soap to wash my dishes, just like everyone else. I am acutely aware of plastic bottles, and how they impact our world. Plastic is an amazing invention that changed how food is stored, how long it lasts, and what other things we can buy, like liquid soap, that is transported in plastic. What if you could get good, natural soap and reuse a plastic bottle you already have? 

Read about Ithaca Soap's Instant Liquid Soap Refill and the liquid hand soap refill instructions here. Just add water.

Are you a bath person? Instant Liquid Soap Refill makes an excellent bubble bath

The best smelling soap is made with essential oils

Essential oils come from plants. They are obtained through a distillation process of many pounds of plant material to collect and separate out the essence of what makes that particular plant special. There are thousands of plants that have an aroma, pleasing or otherwise. Only several hundred have essential oil pockets that can be distilled and captured..  

Read more about that here

Natural perfumes from essential oils make the best smelling hand soap. Synthetic perfumes are made from coal tar and gasoline waste. Read your soap ingredients list. If the word "fragrance" is anywhere in the ingredients list, you will know it's not the best smelling soap.

You've no doubt heard that your skin is your largest organ.  It's your 1st line of defense in a world full of pollutants and disease. If you take good car of it, it takes good care of you. 

Clean hands feel good

Complete hand washing feels good and there's a reason for that. Lather from real soap also kills germs

Instant Liquid Soap is the perfect stovetop cleaner. It's gentle on your hands while being tough on built up, caked on grease. Click here to read How to Clean your Greasy Stovetop using zero waste natural soap methods

  1. Tear open pouch at notch
  2. Fill pouch with water to top of label. Gently stir.
  3. Pour into a reused plastic bottle. Use.

The future starts now as you end single use plastic bottles. Click here

Love your body. Know your ingredients

Using premier soap can be cost effective, with high quality ingredients. Feeling good is a key part of personal care. Ithaca Soap and LiXTiK Beeswax Lip Balm, is an environmentally conscious and socially responsible company located in the heart of the Finger Lakes in New Your State. All of our ingredients are recognizable and good for you. Many companies mask the bulk of their lesser quality ingredients, with tiny percentages of popular key word ingredients to catch your attention. As an Ithaca based soap company, we actually make and use the soap we talk about. 

Moisturize, hydrate, and nourish your lips with wonderfully luxurious

LiXTiK Beeswax Lip Balms.

Leave your lips moist and smooth for many hours. Soothes severely chapped lips.

Choose from 8 LiXTiK Beeswax flavors/scents. Ingredients: Organic coconut and sunflower oils, premium beeswax, 100% pure essential oils

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Just Add Water

ILS Story Board fullMake Liquid Soap at home. Save your hands from harmful dish washing soaps and liquids. Get some here.

Instant Liquid Soap is liquid soap, sold in a paper bag.  The soap is sold dry. The end user adds water to turn it into true liquid Castile soap. This saves ship weight, space, and the environment. Water stays where it belongs.

This creation is patented and available for private label and license. Let's work together.

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How much soap money does a shower cost you?

Let's say you spend $6.00 on a bar of soap and it lasts for 7 days of showers. That's $.84 per shower. 

For your next bar of soap, you spend $8.50. That seems like a lot of money, except it lasts for 8 weeks or 56 showers. That's $.15 cents per shower. F.Y.I.: One bar lasts me and Andy 6 weeks of daily showers - 84 showers.

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