DIY Liquid Hand Soap is an easy thing to make and has a lot of advantages. For starters, it’s very frugal! I make my own soap (For Recipes, go Here), so there is very little cost to one or two bars. It ends up being tons cheaper than buying it from the store. That’s for sure! It’s also super easy to make your own. Not to mention the pure, non-toxic, smell how you want advantage!
It’s also a wonderful thing to have with little kids. It’s a luxury that I like, because it seems to be cleaner than the dirty soap bars that I find sitting in the sink (if you have little kids you’ll know what I mean).
You only need a few ingredients!
DIY Liquid Hand Soap
- 4 - 4oz homemade soap bars, grated
- 1 gallon water
- 20 drops essential oil of choice (optional, my soaps already have essential oils so I don't need to add extra)
- Bring one gallon of water to boil.
- Grate hand soap and slowly add to boiling water, stirring continuously.
- Mix with a stick or hand mixer until fully incorporated.
- Allow to cool, then stir in essential oils of choice.
- Store in gallon jug until needed in dispensers.
The first thing I learned when trying to make liquid hand soap is to not use Castile (olive oil) soap. The reason for this is that Castile soap is extremely soft and will make a very watery hand soap. That is fine, but most people like to have a hand soap that’s a bit thicker.
Second, the temperature of your home makes a big difference. If your soap is too watery, let it set in a cool place for 2 weeks and check again. Mine almost always takes a week for the soap molecules to bind and make a nice thick soap.
Third, you can use less soap bars. It will be, just a lot thinner. I like to use four bars for a thicker hand soap.
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