Two weeks ago I had to make a tough decision:
Do I keep the 4 bottles of hand soap I have in the stockpile closet and move them across the country? …OR…
Do I toss them and move the ingredients I had on hand to make homemade hand soap?
OBVIOUSLY, as the title of today’s post already gave it away, I chose the latter… and BOY am I so glad I did!
Someone should have told me eons ago that making your own hand soap was SO EASY!
You know how your brain sometimes over-complicates things and convinces you that whatever you need/want to do is too hard, too time consuming and/or too expensive?
Yeah, that’s what happened here for me. Luckily, making your own homemade hand soap isn’t hard, time consuming or expensive!
I should probably confess that I’ve had a bottle of castile soap sitting in my closet for… oh… six months or so.
In my defense, I really, REALLY planned to make my own hand soap.
And then I had to cook dinner… and make toothpaste… and shower and sleep and eat and test recipes and such. So I forgot about making hand soap and just kept using the soap we already had out. I checked it for triclosan and other icky anti-bacteria stuff (which is a no-no in our house), and it was clear.
But wouldn’t you know, that darn bottle of castile soap gave me the stink eye every time I opened that closet, taunting me to pull it out and just make the soap already.
Yes, I was busy. Giving away all our stuff over coffee and donuts is hard work. But for real, how difficult could it be to mix TWO ingredients together in a bottle? Or at least make the attempt and rule it out if it didn’t work.
And then I did it.
And I instantly felt like a dummy.
Here’s how easy it is to make homemade hand soap:
- Just 2 ingredients. You can add a third if you REALLY want to, but it’s not necessary.
- Just 2 minutes. For real. The most time consuming part is cleaning out the foaming hand pump, but if you go the traditional pump route instead of a foaming pump, your 2 minutes just became 1.
Whatever may be stopping you from making your own hand soap, just ignore it. You’ll kick yourself later when you do finally end up doing it, because you’ll realize how crazy easy it is and wish you had done it sooner.
Before I share the recipe (pssh, if you can call it that), I want to share why you should even bother making your own homemade soap in the first place:
- It’s easy. Yes, that is totally a legitimate reason.
- It only requires 2 ingredients. Again, legit.
- You can make more anytime you run out or just want/need more soap (thanks to #1 and #2 above). It’s no skin off your back, and no addition to your shopping list.
- It’s 100% natural. As in no chemicals, no colors, no dyes… just pure ingredients.
- It works. This isn’t some wanna-be hand soap. This stuff cleans.your.hands. I’ve got a kid who thinks her hand is an art canvas to prove it.
- It multi-tasks. Mr. Crumbs has been asking me about a body soap lately, so I gave him this hand soap as a joke. Joke’s on me – he loved it!
DIY Homemade Hand Soap
- 2 Tbsp liquid castile soap
- foaming hand soap dispenser (re-used or new online 0r combo of old mason jar and new pump)
Fill an empty 8 oz container nearly full with water. Add 2 Tbsp liquid castile soap to the top. (Adding the soap first will create bubbles, so do the soap last.) Replace the cap and wash as normal.
Tip: If the castile soap settles at the top or bottom, gently turn the bottle upside once before dispensing.
Additional Recipe Notes
You can use whatever container you have – I happened to have foaming hand soap back from my couponing days. I’ve also seen foaming hand soaps at my dollar store (ignore what’s inside – you just want the container). If you prefer brand spankin’ new, here are some cool foaming soap dispensers on Amazon.
If you follow my footsteps with a “used” bottle, you’ll want to clean out the dispenser. Fill a glass with water and over the sink, “pump” the water through the dispenser in order to clean it as best as you can. This is tough, as the foaming dispenser will keep giving you foam… making it hard to discern whether or not the remnants of the old soap are truly gone. Personally, I went through about a cup of water and called it good enough. Any more than that would have driven me batty.
If you don’t want foaming hand soap, just use a regular pump. The pump is what makes soap foamy, NOT the recipe. So just go about your business, mix it up and pump away. Although I do still recommend cleaning the pump from the old stuff using the method above.
Any castile soap will work, including the scented kind (which is like a bonus because it makes your homemade hand soap smell good!) If you have unscented soap and want a smell, add a few drops of essential oils just after adding the soap. Here are a few scent combo’s to get you started:
- peppermint for the Christmas season
- lemon for Spring
- lavender is calming
- tea tree & peppermint together is refreshing
Note: I know there are a lot of essential oil companies out there and I’ve certainly tried my fair share of brands. But after testing and researching and more testing, only one is worth spending money on (in my opinion). For a couple years now I’ve been committed to Young Living oils, and you can read more about their oils and my decision HERE.
Really, the combinations are endless. And I think it’s neat that you can create whatever scent you want, whenever you want. Shoot, you can make every bathroom smell different if you wanted to!
I found tea tree scented castile soap for as low as $13 for a 32 oz bottle and if I found that when I was in the market, I would have bought it. Alas, I found peppermint castille soap at my local Costco.
- castile soap: $0.60
- water: free
Total cost to make 8 oz of natural homemade hand soap is 60¢. Can you believe that?! And to think that we’ve been paying over $4 for those fancy schmancy soaps all this time…
PS – In the end, I gave away two of the store-bought soaps and cleaned out the other two. I packed one empty for Georgia (along with my castile soap) so it’s ready for me when I arrive. The other I kept at home full for us to use until we leave.