We go through a lot of soap in our house. Our 11-year-old is still working on how much soap is appropriate to use. Our 4-year-old uses soap on everything you can think of, from washing her babies to trying to clean the nail polish she spilled on the counter. Lastly, our 2-year-old likes sneaks into the bathroom and pump it everywhere so he can play in it.
There were a few reasons I decided to start making our own hand soap.
- I didn’t like all the chemicals you find in your traditional store-bought hand soap.
- Natural hand soaps at the store are expensive.
- As mentioned above our kids use a lot of soap so I wanted a more frugal option.
HOMEMADE HAND SOAP RECIPE
- 1/4 cup Castile Soap (here’s what I use)
- 20-25 drops Essential Oil of your choice
- 1 tsp. Coconut Oil (here’s what I use)
Add all of the ingredients in your soap container. Give it a good mix and you’re set! It literally takes 2 minutes to make. A little tip, if you’re adding coconut oil (which I love because it’s a great moisturizer) make sure it’s liquified before mixing it in. Otherwise you’ll have weird coconut oil clumps floating around in your soap. You might need to put it in the microwave for a few seconds if you live in a cold climate.
When it comes to which essential oils to use it’s completely up to you and your preference. I use lemon oil most of the time because it’s a natural anti-bacterial and I love the smell. We have also used a number of other oils as well though.
Here are a few other scents we have tried and loved.
- 12 drops of Basil + 12 drops of Lemon
- 12 drops of Lemon + 12 drops of Orange
- 12 drops of Lemon + 6 drops of Lavender + 4 drops of Orange
Ready to make your own? Here’s a list of what I use and where to buy it. Just click on the item and it’ll take you directly to the link.