There’s nothing better than a homemade project that saves you money, is free of harsh chemicals, and is this easy to make! Especially when it comes to hand soap which is something you use multiple times a day.
I’ve been wanting to try making my own had soap for some time now, and couldn’t believe how easy it could be. If you’ve been around Pinterest for a while you’ve probably hear of the wonders of Castile Soap. It almost seems like there’s nothing this soap can’t do!
And it has a great list of ingredients that are completely safe to use on your skin, or anywhere in your home.
After doing a bit of research, I found there are a ton of different ways to make your own hand soap, and each way has it’s own pros and cons.
I built this recipe to be super simple and super effective, although you can change up the ratio of water to castile soap, or even the amount of essential oils you put in, it’s completely customizable.
Some people put skin nourishing oils in their hand soaps which is a great idea, though you won’t find that in my recipe. The reason? You would need to shake the bottle each time to combine the oils with the rest of the soap because as we all know, water and oil don’t combine well.
With that being said, I knew that I wanted a soap that was as convenient as a store bought version, and I honestly could see myself (or my husband) shaking the bottle each time I washed my hands.
But that’s my personal preference, if you wouldn’t mind an extra step, toss in some oils! Jojoba or sweet almond are super moisturizing and skin nourishing and would be a great addition to your soap.
And like I mentioned, you can change the ratio of castile soap to water, if you want a more mild soap, add more water. If you wanted a more heavy duty soap, add more castile soap. Dr. Bronner’s recommends one part castile soap to ten parts water, so feel free to play around with it.
Same goes with the essential oils. With my recipe, I used the unscented version on Dr. Bronner’s castile soap so that I could customize the scent with my oils. You can smell the oils while washing and leaves a faint scent on my hands afterwards, but if you prefer a more mild scent, just add less.
You could even try a pre-scented version of Dr. Bronner’s soap and skip the oils all together.
** Find recipe card at the end of the post **
You Will Need:
1 cup Distilled water*
½ cup Castile Soap
40 drops Essential Oils of choice (I used Uplift by Edens Garden)
Glass Bottle with pump (mine was from Home Sense)
*Always use distilled water when you can in DIY projects, tap water can contain substances that can cause bacteria to grow. Boiled water is ok if you plan to use it up right away, but distilled is preferred.
1. Pour all the ingredients into the glass bottle.
2. Gently shake to combine.
That’s all there is to it, simple, right! I love when homemade substitutes are all natural and this easy to make, win-win!
The consistency of this soap is more liquid than a typical store bought soap. It comes out of the pump as a liquid, but will foam as you massage it into your wet hands.
I tip the bottle to combine every so often, sometimes you can see some settling occurring at the bottom. I will give mine a quick tip about once or twice a day, just whenever I see settling occurring. And use caution when using a regular pump, it can come out quickly and spray you if your not paying attention!
What is your favorite essential oil to use for homemade projects?
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- 1 cup Distilled water
- 1/2 cup Castile Soap (Unscented)
- 40 drops Essential Oils of choice (I used Uplift by Edens Garden)
- Glass Bottle with pump
- Pour all ingredients into glass bottle
- Shake to combine
- Gently combine when it starts to settle (a few times a day)
- The consistency is very liquid, so use caution when pumping out of the bottle or you'll get sprayed!
- If you start with wet hands, it will foam a lot better