One of the things that I find most annoying to do is buying hand soap. I always feel like we’ve run out, and that’s probably because we’ve actually run out. I can never find a brand that doesn’t leave my hands feeling dry, and I hate buying products packaged in plastic that will be thrown away after one use.
Because I wanted to reduce my plastic use, save money, and use products with simple ingredients (bonus if I know what’s in them), I started making my own hand soap. It’s one of the easiest things to do. There’s something about the small daily pleasure of washing your hands and cleaning up, and with this recipe I don’t feel like I’m missing out at all. It’s creamy, nourishing, cleanses well, and doesn’t leave a sticky residue behind.
You can add essential oils to it, although I prefer not to, as I find that the fragrance to the liquid castle soap is all the scent that I need.
I find this recipe particularly nourishing during the winter months, when my hands are raw and dry. Unlike other soaps, the oil in this recipe keeps my hands soft and hydrated with frequent washing, unlike others that strip my hands of its oils and leave them chapped and cracked.
Homemade Hand Soap
14 ounces water
1/4 cup (4 Tablespoons) liquid castile soap
2 Tablespoons oil of choice (coconut oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil are some great choices)
A few drops of essential oil of choice (optional)
Add water to soap dispenser first (to prevent sudsing). Then, add the castile soap, oil, and essential oils. Place lid on, and then give the bottle a few good swishes. This recipe also works magically with a foaming hand soap dispenser!