How to Make Your Own Natural Feminine Wash

Homemade Douche DIY Feminine Wash Natural

A few months ago I was asked to create an all-natural DIY feminine wash, or douche. Some of the more famous name brands claim to be all-natural, but upon closer examination, I found this wasn’t really the case.

Dangerous Ingredients in Name Brand Feminine Wash

While some brands of feminine products claim to be natural, most all of them contain ingredients that are not. The chemicals that are in them could cause harm in the long run. Let’s take a look at the ingredients in one popular brand; the ingredients listed are octoxynol-9, citric acid, sodium benzoate, disodium EDTA, and fragrance. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Octoxynol-9: This is a known endocrine disruptor; potential breast cancer carcinogen; can cause issues such as itching, burning, and hives.
  • Citric acid: Can cause itching and burning; potential to become dangerous when mixed with other chemicals; possible allergen to those with citrus sensitivities.
  • Sodium benzoate: Used as a preservative; can form benzene, a known carcinogen, when mixed with ascorbic acid (which chemically is very close to citric acid).
  • Disodium EDTA: Used to bond with minerals to carry them out of the body; can lower blood sugar and can interact with insulin to provoke blood sugar issues; binds with calcium, causing a calcium deficiency in the body, which could lead to bones breaking easier; loss of calcium in the blood can cause seizures; can bond with iron causing anemia; may also throw off heart rhythm; can bond with other minerals such as potassium and magnesium; may interact with coumadin and other blood thinners.

While most of these are extreme cases, it’s best not to take the risk.

Safer Alternatives to Feminine Wash

The safest thing to use as a feminine cleanser is water. Warm water (distilled water won’t contain contaminants) flushed over the area is the best way to remove any accumulation of sweat, toxins from the environment, and anything else. Use a warm spray that is not too forceful. Pat dry or allow to air dry.

If you want to make your own wash, there are many gentle ingredients you can safely use:

Safe Ingredients for a DIY Feminine Wash

Vinegar will kill any bacteria and help keep the vagina at the proper pH. Chamomile tea makes a great gentle cleanser with mild antibacterial properties. Slippery elm and marshmallow root are soothing and cooling and can help reduce inflammation and help speed healing. Liquid soap will help hold anything foreign in suspension until it can be rinsed away. Grapeseed oil (or another light carrier oil) is an excellent moisturizer, while lavender essential oil can help bacteria from forming.

DIY Feminine Wash Recipe (Homemade Douche)



Mix all of this together and keep in a sealed glass jar.

To Use

Shake well and apply some to a soft wash cloth. Gently clean the area, always rinsing well when finished.

Vinegar and lavender essential oil can burn if applied directly, so be sure to mix well. Use only once or twice a week to avoid irritation.

Natural pH-Balanced Homemade Douche Recipe

Douching really isn’t necessary and can affect the pH of delicate female parts, potentially leading to problems. However, if you really want to use one, consider this natural homemade douche that will allow these delicate parts to maintain the proper pH.


  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¾ cup distilled water


To make a douche, mix ingredients together, and use as you would normally use a douche.

Feminine care doesn’t need to be daunting, and you can do it yourself without chemicals!


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  1. hm……
    quick search on the internet brings more results about how douching is harmful rather than good. E.g. search for “vaginal douching” on webmd dot com

    • Hi……this is because the internet cannot be trusted…googled is basically a propaganda operation now and supports big pharma and the medical profession…..i have douched for years because i get yeast easily…it feels good and is the only thing that has helped me…monostat is horrendous for a vagina……i must douche after sex too….go to articles that are from holistic doctors….they all recommend naturally approaching the care of our bodies….try other search engines and definitely don’t go to a medical website and use in your search holistic approach to vaginal yeast….remember google is a propaganda operation now….

  2. Do you consider a Pure Castile soap a “natural liquid soap” for this recipe? I have one made with natural oils including Peppermint. I’m afraid peppermint may not be a good choice for this recipe. It says it is made with Coconut oil, Olive oil and hemp seed oil plus jojoba oil. But it also has Potassium Hydroxide and I have no clue what that is or if it is okay to use in feminine washes. Can you shed any light on this?

    • Hi….acutely i do not agree with this recipe….after years and years of douching and research i would not use a soap especially a castille soap which has a PH of 9 and our vaginas have a PH of about 3.5

      • Eileen, from what I gathered, the castile soap and essential oils are for the wash not for the douche. The douche only requires ACV and distilled water.

        Dozenelk, use simple castile soap with no added oils, from experience, it is better.

  3. I find this recipe not to my body’s liking…..especially using an essential oil in that quantity with such a tiny bit of water and too much vinegar…my experience and knowledge is that one quart of boiled filtered water and 1.5 TBLS of apple cider vinegar……always remember to keep in mind what the PH of the vagina is….otherwise yes it becomes unhealthy….