One of the best way to maintain a clean, healthy home is by preventing the spread of germs and bacteria. Washing your hands is the number one way to do this. Unfortunately, most of the hand soaps on the market today contain ingredients that dry hands out or worse, contain chemicals that can harm us. On top of that these hand soaps cost anywhere from $2-$5! To buy an all natural safe alternative is even more expensive. But, it doesn’t have to be.
This recipe can be made for less than $1.50 and it refills a soap dispenser 6 or more times. That is 25 cents a bottle!
Homemade Hand Soap Recipe
- 11 cups of water
- 1 bar of soap (Tom’s of Maine and Castile gave me the best results – Dove soap didn’t work)
- 1 tablespoon of glycerin
- 10 drops of essential oil ( I like lavender)
Use a grater or food processor and get the soap into small, fine bits. This allows them to melt faster. And yes, it it totally worth grating your fingernails for. 😉
Bring four cups of water to a boil. Add the grated soap. Stir it until it melts completely. Add the glycerin. Once the soap is completely melted add the remaining water. Splitting up the water helps it to cool faster. Once the liquid is cooled, add the essential oils. Next, (DON’T skip this step) let it sit overnight. The solution will thicken to the consistency of phlegm. Place on to two cups at a time in a blender and mix well. This will smooth it out so that it can be used in pumps. If it needs a bit of water to thin it out you can add some. If you want it thicker add 2 more tablespoons of glycerin and allow it to sit for a few hours. If not, bottle it and enjoy!
For use in foaming soap pumps, add about 1/4 cup to the bottle and add the rest water. Shake to incorporate it.
This can be used in foaming soap dispensers. It can also be used as a body soap. One batch of this lasts my family of 6 for 4-5 months.
Download Homemade Hand Soap Labels
For best results, print on mailing labels or Avery sticker paper. After adhering to bottle, use contact paper over the label to give it added protection.
- Clean Modern Label
- Vintage Antique Label
- Classic Natural Label
- Shabby Chic Label
- Funky Fun Label
- Traditional Contemporary
- Simple Earthy
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