|Handmade Foaming Hand Soap|
by Carla Ludington
Currently we have two kids that are mostly potty trained (meaning mostly potty trained, most of the time, lol) & a baby in diapers. No joke, I feel like I am washing my hands ALL. THE. TIME. And I don't just mean that figuratively!
I have been thinking a lot about the chemicals I am exposed to on a routine basis, and how many of them I bring into my own home. How crazy is that?? I follow Katie on Kitchen Stewardship, and I always come away with something that makes me think for a good long while about how we do things and consider what is in my life and how earth friendly things are as well as how healthy / safe for my family they are.
We (meaning I) have been switching over to more natural products in our home as things run out and need to be replaced. In the shower I have been trying out hand made bar soaps with a limited number of ingredients (that are easy to pronounce and traditional / well known). However, at the sink is the standard soft soap bottle with a huge refill jug in the garage. It is close to the last little bit of it, and I was wondering, what is out there for the sink besides a bar of soap? Bar soaps are not super kid friendly at the sink in our house unless you really like goopy soggy bars of soap that get played with in the water X number of times a day to wash Littlest Pet Shop cats, barbie hair, and even the mirror via toothbrush on occasion (hypothetically my sons favorite, lol :0) ! I had heard of homemade foaming hand soap, and was ready to try another 'make it at home' product and hopefully find a toxic free way to do it.
|Supplies I used to make my soap:|
Dr. Bronner's liquid castile soap
Foaming hand soap dispenser bottle
Aura Cacia Lemongrass essential oil
~ 1 cup water
~ Approximately 2Tbsp (for @ 10% soap) to 1/4 cup (for 25% soap) liquid soap (I used Dr. Bronner's
liquid castile almond soap)
~ 8-12 drops essential oil. I would go easy with it to start; this could go either way depending on the oil/
concentration. My family LOVED the Lemongrass scent - especially, (SHOCKER!!), my husband. He
even had complimentary remarks about it that he shared voluntarily!!!
Combine and mix gently. This should literally take all of about 8 minutes, and that is only if at least 7 minutes of that is cleaning out the soap dispenser if it has been sitting under your counter for the last 2 years while you empty your jug of soft soap refill.
I recycled a previously purchased / used foaming hand soap container. If you care to clean it out before you put in the new soap, (see above comment) it takes quite a few "squirts" to get the previous soap out. That being said, give your new soap scent some time to get through the straw and pump mechanism before you add more essential oil, since it does take awhile before it will work its way out and exhibit the 'true' scent in some cases.
That's it. It's not like it was top secret, but I did have to look it up. Why did I wait so long? How could something so yummy smelling and good for me (toxic free) be so easy and inexpensive?And I LOVE the smell, every time I wash my hands. LOVE. IT. The only way it could get any better would be if I didn't have to do it a billion times a day.....
Since I can remember the last time I refilled it, it is nice to know we are only using 2-3 Tbsp of soap per 'batch' of soap. For future batches, I think I might try some different essential oils. I am curious what other scents my family might love. What is your favorite?
So, to sum this all up: I love the smell of this stuff every time I wash my hands. This was super easy and cheap, and I will totally keep doing it. Did I mention how much I LOVED IT ???
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