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Make Your Own Herbal Liquid Hand Soap Quickly and Easily!
Almost everyone wants to eliminate unnecessary chemicals in their daily life. Most commercially produced soap products really don’t contain soap at all, but chemicals such as sodium lauryl sulfate and cocamide DEA, which are known cancer causing agents, especially when combined with other chemicals. Many antibacterial soaps also contain triclosan, which is known to interrupt the body’s production of hormones.
Don’t bother with those dangerous chemical filled body washes and liquid hand soaps. You can make your own easily and quicker than you think! You don’t have to deal with lye or try to figure out the proper weight ratios of lye to fats (which is necessary for making soap from scratch); all you need is some castile soap and essential oils. We also have another recipe that involves grating and melting a regular bar of soap, so the entire process is quick and easy.
Using a variety of essential oils you can not only make a super aromatic liquid soap, but you can make one that has plenty of cleansing and antibacterial power but none of the dangerous chemicals.
Be sure you have several pump bottles in the house so that you can fill them and place them in each bathroom and by the kitchen sink. Saving old dispensers will save you money and will save more plastic from being dumped into landfills and the ocean. Although we like to think that most items are recycled, the sad truth is that most of them are not.
So check out our recipes to make your own fantastic liquid herbal hand soap.
1. Basic Liquid Herbal Hand Soap Recipe
- 2.25 Cups of distilled water (be sure its distilled water, not tap water or even bottled water to ensure purity)
- 5 Tablespoons of organic liquid Castile soap
- 2 Tablespoons of vegetable glycerin (optional but this makes the soap super moisturizing)
You will be using 120 drop of essential oils so it helps to have a container, such as a small glass bowl, to drop them into an combine them. If you have sensitive skin, you might want to reduce the cinnamon oil to about half the suggested amount, as it is quite strong and might irritate those with sensitive skin.
- 40 Drops clove essential oil
- 35 Drops cinnamon leaf or cinnamon bark essential oil
- 20 Drops of orange, lemon, or grapefruit essential oil (whichever scent you like best)
- 15 Drops of eucalyptus essential oil
- 10 Drops rosemary essential oil
- Use a small glass bowl to mix the Castile soap, glycerin, and distilled water if you are using it.
- Place the essential oils into another small bowl and combine them, then add them to the other mixture.
- Stir gently, otherwise you were going to make a ton of bubbles.
- Use a funnel and pour the mixture into one 16 ounce container or two 8 ounce dispensers.
- Use caution before applying to your face or to a child’s delicate skin. Try a test area first to be certain that no one has any allergic or bad reactions to the essential oils. Although the essential oils used here are generally tolerated by most people, everyone is different.
2. Bar Soap into Liquid Herbal Hand and Body Soap Recipe
This is a great way to turn plain old inexpensive bar soap into luxurious liquid hand and body soap. Any soap will do, even the cheapest kind, just be sure that it is real soap and not “facial bars” or “beauty bars” or any of those types of products that look and smell like soap but are really nothing more than chemicals. This is a super invigorating scent that will really get you up and going when you take your morning shower.
- 1 Bar of soap, preferably unscented, 4 or 5 ounces in size
- 8 Cups of distilled water
- 1 Ounce of dried eucalyptus leaf
- 1 Ounce of dried peppermint leaf
- Eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils
- Using a regular kitchen grater, grate your bar of soap into a bowl.
- In a large pot, bring the water to a gentle boil, then turn off the heat.
- Add the dried peppermint and eucalyptus leaves to the water and allow to sit for about 15 minutes.
- Strain the leaves from the water.
- Return the water to the stove and bring to a gentle boil once more, then turn the flame to low.
- Add your grated soap to the water.
- Stir continuously until the soap is completely dissolved in the water. This might take a while so be patient and ensure that all the soap is completely dissolved.
- Turn off the heat and allow to cool. Stir it every now and then. The soap need to thicken, which can take 8 or 10 hours, depending on humidity.
- Add your essential oils until the soap smells as strongly as you like. Start with ¼ teaspoon of each, and then add more if you like your scent a bit stronger.
- Use a funnel and pour into the appropriate container.
- If you have extra, store in a glass mason jar.
3. Super Gentle Vanilla Liquid Hand Soap
This is a super gentle soap that you can use for little ones, as it contains no essential oils that might irritate delicate skin. As always, test for sensitivity on a small area before using, just to be on the safe side.
- 1 Bar of pure Castile soap, 5 ounces
- ½ Gallon of distilled water
- Pure vanilla extract (not imitation)
- Grate the bar of soap using a regular kitchen grater. The smaller the pieces the faster it will melt.
- Heat the water until it reaches a gentle boil, then turn down the heat to medium.
- Begin to slowly add the grated soap. Add a bit at a time until everything is dissolved in the water. Be patient, this sometimes takes a little while.
- Remove from the heat and allow to thicken.
- Stir it every now and then. Your soap will take about 8 to 10 hours to thicken up.
- Stir in your vanilla extract. Start with one tablespoon then you can add more if you would like your soap to have a slightly stronger scent.
- Pour into your containers.
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