Foaming Hand Soap

Here’s one of my favorite DIY recipes. Spend a little for ingredients, save a lot over time!

Foaming Hand Soap

Combine the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 3 Tbsp. (1.5 oz.) liquid castile soap (I buy Dr. Bronner’s Baby Unscented Pure Castile Soap purchased at Organic Harvest in Birmingham.)
  • 2 Tbsp. (1 oz.) glycerin (After trying several different brands IMG_4610[1] of glycerin,
    I’ve settled on Essential Depot Greener Life Essentials Vegetable Glycerin, available on Amazon. If you opt for a different brand, you may need to add another tablespoon to reach the best consistency of soap.)
  • 8 drops lemon oil
  • 8 drops orange oil (I use Beeyoutiful essential oils. If you opt for another brand, be sure you choose oils that are 100% pure, preferably from a full disclosure company.)

Yields 10 oz. foaming hand soap. Store unused soap in a glass jar and add a dropperful of grapefruit seed extract to serve as a preservative if you are not going to use the soap within 3-4 weeks.

Emergency DIY

I ran out of dishwasher detergent this week. Do you ever buy multiple boxes of something when it’s on sale and then use up the last one before you realize you’re on the last box? Well, I do, and that’s what I did with the dishwasher detergent.

Then I remembered that I have all the ingredients required for making all my household soaps. There they sit under my kitchen sink, just waiting to be turned into foam soap and laundry detergent and even dishwasher detergent.DSC_0012I had used homemade detergent in another dishwasher and had not been satisfied with the results. But now my only alternative was to remove all the dishes I had just loaded into the dishwasher and wash them by hand. This called for an emergency DIY.

And it worked! And it’s so much less expensive than the detergent I had been buying! Want to try it?

Here’s the recipe…

Automatic Dishwasher Detergent

  • 1 cup washing soda
  • 1/2 cup borax
  • 1/2 cup baking soda

Combine and store in an airtight container. Use 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons for each load. Experiment with your own dishwasher and use less if you notice residue on your dishes. You may also add a little white vinegar to the bottom of the dishwasher.