How to wash face without soap

I love to try natural and clean beauty products and I try to explore how items from my kitchen can be used in my skincare regimen. From time to time I use kitchen items in my skincare routine to give my skin an extra boost from these beneficial ingredients. From olive oil to gram-flour, I try various pantry items for their extra oomph to the skin. Here I give you some of the best soap-free cleansers you can use to wash your face, all from the comfort of your kitchen.

Soap-Free Cleansers from Kitchen

Here are some of the best soap-free cleansers you can easily find and use in your kitchen.

1. Milk

How to use milk as a face celanser

It is said milk was the secret ingredient for Cleopatra’s glowing skin. Milk is rich in lactic acid which helps in cleaning away the dead skin cells. Protein and fat help in moisturizing the skin and giving it a fresh glow. It is better to try full-fat milk as compared to skimmed one.

How to use

To use dip a cotton ball in milk and wipe all over your face. Let it sit for a minute and wash with cold water. This works best to give clean and glowing skin. You may need a more heavy-duty cleanser to remove makeup.

2. Oil cleansers

As some of you would know by now, I love using oils on my acne-prone, sensitive skin. The key lies in selecting the right oils based on your skin type. Oil cleansing is an excellent cleanser to get clean and clear skin. Oil cleansing can remove heavy makeup as well. Remember to double cleanse when using oil cleansing to remove makeup.

How to use

Take a few drops of your favorite oil in your palm. Massage it on your face gently in circular motions. Wet a washcloth in hot water and keep it on your face. Let it soak for a couple of minutes, then wipe gently to remove oil from your face. Wet another clean washcloth to wipe off the remaining oil.

Use a comfortably hot washcloth and not too hot so as to cause a burn. Be gentle while wiping the face as you don’t want to be too rough on gentle facial skin.

3. Honey

how to wash face using honey

Honey is a natural humectant, meaning it absorbs moisture from the air and gives it to the skin. In addition, it also has healing benefits to the skin like ph balance, wrinkles prevention, and makes skin smooth (source).

How to use

To use, combine 1 TBSP raw honey and water. Dip cotton and apply all over the face. Let it sit for a minute and then wash off with cold water. This would make it easier to apply and wash.

I personally am not a fan of honey for the face as I find it messy and sticky. I like to follow it up with either oil cleanser or clay mask.

4. Clay cleansing masks

how to use clay to wash face

Clays are another of my favorite ways to clean face without using soap. I’m pretty sure most of you would have tried Multani mitti at one time or other to get clean skin. Clays are amazing for skin, but again you need to choose the right clay for your skin type.

Clays are absorbent, they absorb extra oil, dirt, pollution from the clogged pores. This makes them even more effective for oily, acne-prone skin. They can be even more effective if you leave them for some time like masks to do their magic.

There are various kinds of clay, you can use whichever you have at hand. Bentonite clay is best for oily skin as it is super absorbent, Rhassoul clay is gentler and kaolin clay suits almost all skin types, while fuller’s earth is most commonly found.

How to use

To use, take 1 TBSP of kaolin clay and mix it with enough amount of rose water to make a thin paste. Apply all over your face and leave it some time. As it begins to dry, wash with cold water.

For dry skin, instead of rose water use 1 TBSP aloe vera juice or add 1 tsp of your favorite oil to compensate for drying effects of clay.

Your skin may feel tight after using this, follow up with a good toner and moisturizer.

5. Gram flour cleanser

how to wash face using gram flour

During childhood, this used to be one of the usual face cleansers in my household. My aunt used to swear by this for clear and glowing skin. I got this from her.

Gram flour or besan can be used to clean the face. This can also brighten your skin diminishing dark circles and blemishes.

How to use

To use, mix 1 TBSP of gram flour with 1/2 tsp of lemon juice and enough water to make a thin paste. To make it more effective, you can add milk instead of water. Apply it as a mask and let it sit for some time. Once it begins to dry, wash off with cold water.

6. Ground Oats

how to wash face using oats

I have heard great things about using oats for the skin. I have not yet used this personally, so this is on my list to try.

How to use

Ground 1 TBSP oats to a fine powder. Mix with water and apply like a face mask. Leave on for a couple of minutes and then wash it off.
Make sure oats are grounded to a fine powder so that it is not abrasive on the skin.

No matter which soap-free method you choose to clean face, remember to follow up with a good moisturizer. Currently, I follow up with either Mamaearth face serum or my favorite facial oil.


Here are my best ways to wash face without using soap. Did you like these methods? Do you have some other method and want to be included in this list? Share in comments and I will try it out.

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