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This Natural Feminine Wash Will Keep You Fresh As A Daisy

Making homemade feminine wash is easy, and since it also makes a great hand wash, you can leave out so it's convenient to use.

DIY Natural Feminine Wash: A Gentle Cleanser For “Down There”

While I typically try to share tips that can be of use to just about anyone, I wanted to begin by saying that, as we’ll be focusing on intimate washes and feminine cleansers, this post will not be useful to everyone. But I do think it will be very useful to at least half of us, so I’m forging ahead anyway!

So now that you’ve been fairly warned, let’s start with a brief overview of what feminine washes do (and don’t do), and whether or not you “need” to use one.

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Put this natural vaginal cleanser in a pump bottle in the bathroom and it will be ready to use whenever you feel you need it.
The importance of your feminine wash being safe and gentle cannot be overstated.

Do I Need To Use A Feminine Wash?

The short answer (at least in my opinion) is no, but the long answer is a bit more complicated. I don’t think anyone should feel like they need to use a feminine wash, especially when the vagina is quite capable of cleaning itself!

When we discuss how to clean “down there”, we’re really only talking about the vulva, not the vagina. The vulva encompasses the parts of female genitalia that are located outside of the body, which are neither as delicate nor as able to self-clean as the vagina. (While you may see some feminine cleansers labeled as “vaginal washes”, I’d say that’s largely a misnomer!)

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A feminine wash can be helpful for keeping the vulva clean and fresh, but it’s important to choose one with gentle, safe, and preferably natural ingredients. So be sure to do your research while shopping, or simply continue reading to learn how to make a perfectly safe and natural feminine wash at home! :-)

This intimate wash has only gentle natural ingredients: witch hazel, Castile soap, essential oil, rose water, and plant oils.

Natural Feminine Wash Ingredients

▶︎ Witch Hazel

Unscented witch hazel contains compounds called tannins that can help reduce swelling, repair broken skin, and fight bacteria. Witch hazel can also help to reduce inflammation, and temporarily relieve itching, discomfort, and irritation.

Learn more about witch hazel here.

▶︎ Rose Water

Rose water is a natural moisturizer and a powerful skin soother. It also has a cleansing properties that help to remove oil and dirt that can accumulate in your pores and cause pimples and breakouts.

Related: How to Make Your Own Rose Water For Beautiful, Healthy Skin

▶︎ Castile Soap

Soap lifts foreign materials away from the surface of the skin so they can be rinsed away. Unscented castile soap is a particularly good choice for sensitive skin because it tends to be gentler than other soaps.

Learn more about Castile soap here.

▶︎ Plant Oils

Plant oils including fractionated coconut oil and lavender essential oil round out the list of ingredients in this feminine cleanser. The benefit of coconut oil for private parts is that it’s both moisturizing and naturally antibacterial, while lavender oil helps soothe skin.

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Next, I’ll show you just how easy it is to bring these natural ingredients together and make your own homemade feminine wash!

How To Make A Natural Feminine Wash

This diy feminine cleanser has ingredients including foaming soap dispenser, castile soap, facial toner, rose water, fractionated coconut oil, and lavender essential oil.
Natural ingredients are essential when making a DIY feminine wash.

You’ll need:

Directions:

Coconut oil is the perfect addition to this vaginal wash because it is antibacterial and moisturizing.
Naturally antibacterial and especially moisturizing, coconut oil is the perfect addition to this homemade feminine wash!

Add the witch hazel, rose water, Castile soap, coconut oil, and lavender oil to a foaming hand soap bottle. Replace the pump top and shake gently to combine.

Using witch hazel in a DIY feminine wash leaves you clean and fresh any time of year.
No need to keep your feminine wash out of sight. It’s perfectly fine for washing hands too. :-)

How To Use Your Feminine Wash

Use as needed to cleanse and freshen the vulva and surrounding area. As I mentioned earlier, this is for external use only! You can apply it with a soft cloth or clean hands, then rinse with water or a clean, damp cloth. (This feminine wash would make a great hand soap or body wash too — perfect for your morning shower.

Note: If you ever experience a sudden change in vaginal odor, or experience itching, burning, or pain during urination or sex, consult your doctor or a trusted healthcare professional as soon as possible.

What’s your stance on feminine washes?

This natural diy feminine cleanser is easy to make and gentle.

DIY Natural Feminine Wash

Jill Nystul
Learn how to make a perfectly safe and natural feminine wash at home!

Equipment

  • 1 Foaming hand soap bottle

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup alcohol-free witch hazel
  • 1/2 cup rose water
  • 1 tsp unscented Castile soap
  • 3 tsp fractionated coconut oil
  • 6 drops lavender essential oil

Instructions
 

  • Add the witch hazel, rose water, Castile soap, coconut oil, and lavender oil to a foaming hand soap bottle. Replace the pump top and shake gently to combine.
  • For external use only. Also makes a great hand soap or body wash.

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Jill Nystul (aka Jillee)

Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
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  • Thank you for your Feminine Wash recipe. A question. Is there a substitute for the Rose Water? I’m highly allergic to it. But I would love to try something natural. Thank you so much! Rebecca-

  • I use Lume..it’s like 16 dollars a tube but it attacks the bacteria that causes odor. It works for at least 2 days if you can’t shower.

  • From what I’ve read recently. Part of the reason we struggle with feminine odor -is certain types of bacteria multiply and can cause that odor in warmer humid months. One article I read recommended using a Gynecologist and Dermatologist approved formula. It said that using one with Lactic acid – brands like Simply Summers Eve will help keep the odor causing bacteria under control.

  • Can you tell me if this wash can be used as a no rinse? Mom is bed-bound and I’m looking for something that will clean her and not have to rinse much off with the washcloth. She is incontinent and skin integrity is very important.

    • Rinsing is best, especially for aging or sensitive skin. A quick wipe with a washcloth should do the trick. You might also consider a cheap bidet for easy cleaning!

  • My suggestion is to buy a bidet accessory for your toilet seat. Only water is used and can be used every time you “go”. It was easy to hook-up and inexpensive, I paid $35.00 about 2 years ago. It can be used by all adults. It should not be used by little ones.

    My husband was not thrilled when I bought it but now he will admit it does make you feel clean and refreshed.

    Highly recommended for young women. My only suggestion is to do research, there are many manufacturers, and should not be used with a plastic toilet seat. My husband suggests to buy one with metal fittings not plastic. We purchased a Luxe Bidet Neo 185, dual nozzle which means it has two settings, one for women and another for all.

    Also, they also sell ones that have warm water settings. In my opinion, unless you have instant hot water system, you would have to wait a while to heat the water. And if you do get one, do not test it unless you have the seat covered with something because it will spray the room.

  • Thank you for tackling a private area …we all feel sweaty yucky down there especially in the summer. I rinse down there alot with a cleanwash cloth just to feel fresh. Thank you. Im 67 and could use many other tips for the things that change on your body as we age. Do you have any advice or experiences about light facial chemical peels?

  • I did actually try this. Some of the stuff like Rosewater can be hard to find. I had to to a natural food store. Some Ultas carry it . A recent suggestion I read suggested using baby shampoo for this problem and the itchiness in warmer weather. I do like Jillees version. The baby shampoo is just a cheaper version.

  • Hi Jillee. I’ve made this recipe and I like the cleansing without fear of irritation from multiple use through-out the day. Since I prefer unscented on the majority of my personal care products, On my second batch I left out the essential oil and added a tspoon of vegetable glycerin. It still works perfectly and the rosewater is light enough to not leave what I call “residual perfume”.

  • Hi Jillee, I’ve been using this wash for a while now. Recently I had an outbreak of lichen sclerosis. Instead of rushing to use OTC meds, I modified your recipe slightly to include colloidal silver. I use 1/3 C of rose water, witch hazel, and colloidal silver along with your other ingredients. I also use 2 tsp of Castille soap, just to make it a little more foamy. Thank you for all your great information!!

  • In an attempt to find a substitute for “adult wet wipes” — you know, the ones that are clogging sewer systems — I did a Google and settled on this recipe because it was just an addition to the toilet paper I’d be using anyway. Problem is, pure Rose Water is hard to find. I found a glycerin & rose water blend for now, but will continue looking. Apparently it is used in Middle Eastern cooking. I bet the stuff sold in the cooking section will be less expensive than what’s available in the pharmacy, when it can be found at all. And even then it is sold in 100 ml quantities. Any other ideas as to where it might be purchased ?

  • Thanks for sharing.. . They are resinous and amazing in texture and have a strong aroma, indicating that they hold valuable medicine properties.

  • Well, I admit, the thought of a guy HAVING to tell the woman in his life she needs a little refreshing gave me a giggle, then a shudder…..LOL

    Has anyone done the math on cost?

    I don’t currently feel an overpowering need for this, but it might be nice to have it on hand.

  • I think rose water contains preservatives like parabens or other kind. Not sure, though. If you want a natural alternative, I would recommend reading the labels of your ingredients first. And yes, many people woulkd find lavender essential oil too harsh. I would use chamomille EO instead.

  • I can’t believe the negativity. This is the 1st time I’ve posted a comment/response. Everyone on here has one thing in commin: researching natural remedies to replace chemicals. If you don’t like one, move to the next. She’s the one researching and posting them. How dare people be so critical? You should be ashamed

  • I have super-sensitive skin and use plain water and white vinegar as my “natural cleanser” and freshener.

    Using a 12 oz spray bottle, I add one tablespoon of white vinegar to 8 ounces of plain water. I give it a quick shake and use this a couple of time per day.

    • My old country doctor told me to use the mixture you mentioned in a squirt bottle after childbirth — a million years ago! I had totally forgotten that.

  • I love your blog, but I was a little horrified by this one. As the mother of 3 teenage daughters I find it offensive that anyone (especially a boyfriend) would tell them that their lady parts need “freshening”. If you bathe regularly, you are fresh enough. There’s a reason for some odors-they are natural, not bad-and your genitals aren’t meant to smell like lavender. I hate the thought of women thinking they are “unclean”. I also sense that self medicating for itching etc. without finding the underlying problem is a mistake.

  • After surgery, I began using *Alw*ys wipes. After developing a terrible rash, I went online and found a simple, natural, very inexpensive alternative;

    3 1\2 cups cooled, boiled water, 2 tbsp. witch hazel, 2 tbsp. chopped, fresh aloe, 4 tbsp. any natural castille soap (grated), 4 capsules/20 drops vitamin E, 24 total drops of essential oil of your choice (I like lavender & tangerine)

    You can pour this mixture over a roll of paper towels, cut in half, cardboard tube removed in a plastic wipes container – or, if you’re a real “homesteader”, cut 6″ squares of flannel, lay them in a plastic container & pour the mixture over the flannel squares and keep near commode.
    *(For flannel, keep a s/s lidded can w/ a removable interior near the commode & wash/dry them in a mesh zip bag.)
    For pennies on the dollar, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them.

  • A couple of problems with this:

    1) you do not want an anti-bac feminine wash. You run the risk of disrupting flora balance.

    2). The vaginal area needs to be slightly acidic. Have you tested the pH of this?

    I use a natural based cleanser be cause yes, I like the area cleaned but it’s not anti-bac. It also contains lactic acid.

  • I don’t know how good this wash is but I suffered terrible itching on the external genitals. I was referred to a PA who had experience in vulvar diseases. She prescribed a cream to help me (that worked overnight!) and she also said that rinsing the area with plain water and patting it dry after urination was better than wiping with toilet paper if you are having itchy problems. I keep a spray bottle of water nearby to use when I’m at home.

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  • Thanks for the recipe! Ever since my aunt (a loyal baby powder to the lady parts for life) got ovarian cancer and her doc told her to never do that again, I’ve been very careful about what I use downtown. Definitely no talc which 5 different gynies have all said is a big no no.

    But back to what others have commented about. I think it’s fine for a guy to say “I’ve read chemicals can cause serious health problems, if you insist on a cleanser can you use something natural?” It’s not a big deal, sheesh.

    Also, I take all of your recipes as a general guideline and if there’s something I wouldn’t want to use or am allergic to, then I don’t or sub it rather than chastise you for trying to take harmful chemicals out of our lives. I hope others do the same in the future and live by the golden rule a little more often. It’s pretty disheartening to see so many negative comments over this past year.

  • This is interesting. I used to just use the feminine spray. If you’re worried about it irritating this sensitive area, I in the summertime have just used baby shampoo in a small bottle. It’s very gentle. I do love the idea of making your own.

  • While I think this would smell lovely, it is likely to do more harm than good. The use of any sort of soap on our delicate lady parts disrupts the natural flora and actually creates the odour this product is trying to eliminate/mask. The best way to maintain hygiene and limit odour is as simple as thoroughly washing the area with water. The above recipe sans the Castille soap (and foaming dispenser) would change the scent without significantly impact the body’s natural deodorising ability.

    • I agree with you regarding the washing with water and not using castile soap. But there is a second major problem with this recipe. It’s the lavender oil. Lavender is highly irritant to the skin and there have been studies finding it can cause cell death. So, while I love the smell of lavender and often use it around the house, I would suggest avoiding it on the skin, especially on this delicate area.

  • Well I for one appreciate strait talk, not vulgar, strait as in Honey, I want you to try this recipe I heard about I think it would be a blessing to your skin . If our own noses tell us to make a change a little confirmation doesn’t hurt, when it comes from someone who cares about you.

    I have a question, do you have a mouth wash that get rid of the smell of tobacco? That is a very unpleasant odor to say the least.

  • Thank you (by the way, I agree with Reticula ;)

    But…..that being said, this sounds lovely!

    What is a “foaming soap pump dispenser?” is it just a pump dispenser (and we can use a spray dispenser as well?)

    thank you
    now, off to find your solution to soap scum on glass shower doors.

  • If any guy suggested to me that I needed to make myself a batch of natural feminine cleanser I’d bounce him right out of my life, even if he did claim he was trying to protect me from possible infections and “odor formation.” You missed it on this one.

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