It’s been almost a year to the day that I originally published this post. I’ve been using our DIY liquid hand soap from this very same batch for one entire year! (I took less than half the batch, and for her much larger gang, Adrienne to the rest.)
I just made a fresh batch (but I halved the recipe), so I thought I would repost this recipe since we truly have replaced commercial hand soap with this extremely easy DIY alternative. (Cost to you is under $5 if you get your Castile soap on sale… and if you’re a family of 3 like me, it could last you more than a year!)
What I really like about this recipe is that it’s easy for your kids to take part in the process. Adrienne’s daughter was very happy to help us out with our first batch! (Aside from a small cut from the cheese grater that became a bit dramatic…)
Originally posted Oct. 7, 2013.
I’m pleased to announce that of all the DIY body care products I’ve made so far, the two that most resemble the store-bought variety to which I have grown rather accustomed are homemade body wash and liquid hand soap.
The liquid hand soap, in particular, is a huge savings over the store-bought equivalent, with the recipe yielding 4 litres of pumpable, soapy goodness.
For the full recipe, check out Robin Konie at Thankyourbody.com:
distilled water (or boiled tap water)
Your choice of essential oils (optional)
Tools: a large cooking pot, a cheese grater, a spoon for stirring, a funnel, an empty soap pump and large jars or bottles to store all your extra soap.
You will want to let your liquid soap turn gelatinous. For us, this only took maybe 5-6 hours. [Second time around, it took longer… but it still happened!] And when it happens, it’s SHOCKING! Suddenly you have a pot full of snot… (we had other ways of describing it, but let’s just call it snot.)
So at this point you can add whatever essential oils you would like, either to the entire batch or to separate, smaller batches if you want to try a variety.
So… what is castile soap anyway? Maman Butt and I really want to make our own soap from scratch, but with babies underfoot, this is a dangerous process to undertake! (High temperatures and caustic chemicals required!) Castile soap is the BEST alternative for your homemade cleaning/body care products if you want to be as DIY as possible.
You can find out more about castile soap from another Lindsay, who calls herself the Queen of Green. (I call myself the Green Queen, so I guess I won’t sue for copyright infringement….)
Update, October 1, 2014: Little did I know I would soon connect with and eventually meet said “Queen of Green!”