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Over the last few years I've been trying to eliminate chemicals from the products that my family uses. This is no easy task, and quite frankly I haven't been able to find a replacement for all things yet. I'm happy with many of the changes that I have made for my family thus far and look forward to sharing some of these ways with all of my readers.
One of the easiest products to change over has been our liquid hand soap. Not only does this recipe leave out nasty chemicals, but it is cheaper than buying the store bought counterpart. A couple members of my family have VERY dry skin, and using this hand soap has greatly improved their skin. That makes my mom/wife heart happy knowing that by switching just this one product has made a difference in their health.
This recipe is incredibly simple to make and takes very little hands on time. You can use Mrs. Meyers Bar Soap (any scent you choose is fine) or a cheaper brand such as Ivory soap. If I use Ivory soap, I like to add in some essential oils to give it a nice scent. In the fall and winter I like to use peppermint and in the spring and summer I like to use a combination of grapefruit and lemon essential oils. They make the soaps smell fantastic!
Here's what you need to make the soap:
- (1) bar of soap, any brand of your choosing
- a large pot that can hold more than 1 gallon of water
- 1 gallon of water
- containers to hold the soap once it is made - I have 4 pump containers and a pitcher to hold the rest
- essential oils, optional
- kitchen funnel, optional
How to make the soap:
- Bring 1 gallon (16 cups) of water to a full rolling boil.
- While the water is coming to a boil, grate your soap onto a cutting board or plate.
- Once the water has come to a boil, add the soap, turn off the heat and start stirring immediately.
- Continue stirring until all the soap has melted and dissolved into the water.
- Remove from the burner completely and let it sit. Stir the soap every 10-15 minutes for the next hour.
- Let the soap cool completely. It will start to become more gelatinous. If you'd like to add essential oils, this is the time to add them.
- Divide the soap into containers. I have found that using a kitchen funnel makes this much easier.