It was the middle of the afternoon and I was itching for something to do. I looked around the house and thought to myself, "I should make something, but what should be my next DIY project?" As I scanned the room, like a hawk looking for its next victim, I locked eyes on my soap dispenser. Then, it hit me! I should make homemade hand soap! With that, our amazing hand soap was born! Mwahahaha! Sorry, I got a little carried away.
You're probably wondering why I would even want to make my own hand soap when I could just buy it from the store. Well, there's a good answer for that. When you make your own hand soap, you get the benefits of healthy ingredients while avoiding the toxins in the commercial hand soaps. It is also cheaper to buy your own ingredients for your hand soap and, what’s even more convenient, you may already have some of these ingredients in your home.
Now, let’s dive into how to make this amazing hand soap. Here are the ingredients you will need:
1. Foaming soap dispenser - I like the foaming dispenser because it does not make a mess. When I first made this soap mixture, I used a regular soap dispenser and it came out like water into my hands, which gets squirted on the counter and leaves more for me to clean. Also, having a foaming soap dispenser means you can make the soap last longer because a foaming dispenser needs only a small amount of soap to make the foam.
2. Distilled water- You can use distilled, purified, or boiled water. When you leave regular water sitting out for an extended amount of time, it can grow bacteria and mold. Since your soap mixture will most likely be sitting out on the counter top for weeks until it is gone, you will want to make sure you use water with no bacteria present.
3. Coconut Oil (optional) - We add a bit of coconut oil for it’s amazing antibacterial benefits and it also helps to moisturize your hands. We need to give our hands a little tlc every now and then.
4. Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap - Now, this is hands down one of the best natural soaps I have come across. We like to buy the citrus blend because citrus is
great for cleaning. Castile soap is made with 100% plant oils; usually coconut oil or olive oil. It is antibacterial, it contains antioxidants that may aid in fighting cell degeneration, it helps improve skin conditions, and it is safe for children. Because it is so natural and such a powerful, gentle cleanser, it can be used to clean your hair, skin, face, hands, dishes, clothes, tub, toilet, and much more.
It is, undoubtedly, a multipurpose soap so I would highly recommend getting this as a staple in your home.
5. Essential Oils (optional) - This ingredient is optional, but it is well worth adding to your soap mixture. I like to add 3 drops of tea tree oil to my soap because it is antibacterial and antifungal so it really helps to cleanse your hands of the bad stuff. I also add 5 drops of lavender essential oil because it smells so nice and it is antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic, which means it not only cleanses but may help heal skin conditions.
Mix 1 part distilled water to ¼ part castile soap into your foaming soap dispenser. When you buy your foaming soap dispenser, the directions will show you the ratio of soap to water. You can then dilute it even more, if you would like.
Mix 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to the soap and water. You may need to melt down the coconut oil before mixing if it’s in its solidified state.
Lastly, mix in your essential oils and enjoy!
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