Say Goodbye To Dry Hands With This Simple Foaming Hand Soap Recipe
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Vibrant colors, beautiful scents, fun packaging- these were the top things I looked for when picking out hand soaps in the past. I mean, if this was going to be something sitting on my counter then it should be decorative, right? I must admit that for myself, and likely many of you as well, convenience also was a big factor in purchasing soap off the shelves. Who has time to make their own soap, am I right? Well I am here to tell you I was wrong, not only can you make your own hand soaps quickly and for very little money, but they can be so much better for your body by eliminating unnecessary chemicals and toxins.
Between my work as a pediatric dentist and mom of two little ones, I am constantly washing my hands. My hands would usually be raw and cracking by the end of the day when I was using store bought soap, especially during the dry winter months. Since I have started making my own soap my hands are rarely dry and it truly is a small but life changing thing (if you have ever dealt with dry cracking hands before then you understand)! So if you are ready to give it a try, read on. I have included a simple recipe that can be adjusted to your liking as well as a list of necessary supplies. Do not be intimidated by the supply list. These are likely things you may not already own if you are new to the make it yourself world but I can assure you all of these products will last a loooong time and the initial startup cost will soon be offset by the number of bottles of soap and other products you will no longer need to buy at the store. You can purchase supplies from your local health food grocer or through the links provided via Amazon.
So before we get started let's talk about germs for a second. By nature I am a germophobe, however; what I am about to tell you is based in fact and not based on my fear of germs LOL. You must use distilled water or even boiled water in all of your DIY recipes. The fact of the matter is your tap water has many living organisms in it, ones that you can not see. Now this is not meant to scare you, your drinking water is monitored by your city and is safe to drink unless you are told otherwise (although if you have the opportunity to filter your water it is certainly beneficial). This is why products on store shelves are filled with yucky things like parabens to help preserve them for extended periods of time. Below are listed some natural preservatives that will certainly help extend the life of your products, of which Vitamin E is my go to. However distilled or boiled water should still be used in all cases.
Grapefruit Seed Extract
Vitamin E Oil
Geranium Essential Oil
Citric or Ascorbic Acid
Rubbing Alcohol or Spirits
And finally, going back to germs, you will see that my recipes will contain more vague terms in the sense of measuring. This is because any measuring device such as measuring spoons or cups need to be squeaky clean or you run the risk of putting bacteria into your products from the beginning. It is for this reason I try and leave out any source of contamination when making the products. I squeeze or pour directly from he bottle itself rather than adding in the middle step of measuring. This is an acquired "skill" to get just the right amount of things you want, but once you get it figured out and in your rhythm, it actually cuts down so much time in the making process. I can now make a full jar of hand soap in about 1 minute including the time it takes to pull out all the ingredients from the cabinets and wash my hands. And of course, make sure to wash your hands before beginning any DIY! Happy making!
Ingredients and Supplies Needed
Distilled or Boiled Water
Foaming Hand Soap Glass Dispenser or Mason Jars With Foaming Pump Dispensers
Optional: 5-10 Drops of Essential Oils of Your Choice
Optional: Small Funnel
Foaming Hand Soap Recipe
1/4 cup or approx. 6 good squeezes of liquid Castile Soap
1 tablespoon or approx. two second pour of Olive Oil
1 teaspoon or approx. 2 second pour of Vegetable Glycerin
1/4 teaspoon or approx. 6-7 drops of Vitamin E Oil
5-10 drops of Essential Oils (suggestions below)
Fill the rest of your container (should be about 80% volume left) with Distilled or Boiled Water leaving a small bit of empty space at the top
Screw on lid and shake well to combine all ingredients.
Eucalyptus and Spearmint
Lavender and Geranium