FOR A SIMPLE, EASY HAND SOAP RECIPE MY FAMILY CURRENTLY USES YOU CAN GO HERE: http://www.ourmidwesternlife.com/2016/05/chemical-free-foaming-handsoap.html
THIS RECIPE IS A BIT OLD, BUT MY FAMILY USED IT FOR A LONG TIME WITHOUT ANY ISSUES OTHER THAN IT IS A BIT TIME CONSUMING. OUR NEW RECIPE IS FAST, EASY AND WORKS REALLY WELL! I ENCOURAGE YOU TO TRY WHICHEVER RECIPE APPEALS TO YOU MOST, OR TRY BOTH AND SEE WHICH ONE YOU PREFER!
So, we've all hear about all the icky, bad for us ingredients in our cleaning and household products, right?
If you haven't, you've got some researching to do!
Over the past seven years I have come to making my own cleaning products, laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent and now, finally, hand soap.
It's just one of the ways I keep toxins out of my house and out of my family's bodies.
What's terrible about store bought hand soap? Well, if you are buying antibacterial (which consumer markets try to make you believe you need) there is Triclosan in it. Triclosan is a pesticide! It's used as an antibacterial and anti fungal agent and when you use it to wash your hands it seeps through your skin and into your blood stream. Most Americans tested have Triclosan in their blood!
(There are many other harmful ingredients as well, but for hand soap, Triclosan is the worst in my eyes).
Several years ago, while I was pregnant with my second baby, I discovered the harm in antibacterial soap. And I stopped using it right then and there.
Many of you may be asking, "Can you buy soap without Triclosan?" The answer is yes. That is what I have done for about six years now. And let me tell you, it's not cheap!
I always spent more money to get safer soap for my family. But, our family has grown. And we must be some hand washing fools because we go through a LOT of soap!
When I think about it we are always outside. We are digging in a garden, making mud pies, playing in sand and handling chickens. Even when we are inside we are painting, gluing, and sculpting. My little family makes some dirty hands!
And that is why I needed to find a cheaper way to have safe, more natural liquid hand soap for my family. Did I mention how cheap it is to make our own soap?!
Here is what you will need:
A bar of soap (you can choose any kind, but all natural and unscented is best)
A cheese grater
A pot for water and soap
Essential oils (optional)
Containers to for the finished soap (I started saving our soap pump bottles a while back and I stored the left over soap in a mason jar for refills)
How to make your soap:
First, grate the entire bar of soap with your cheese grater and put it in a pot.
Pour 8-10 cups of water over the grated soap. I started with 8 cups and ended up adding an additional cup of water later.
Add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
Heat the soap, coconut oil and water on medium heat until all the soap and coconut oil have dissolved. Did you ever notice on liquid soap ingredients lists the number one ingredient is water? That means all the money we are spending on liquid soap is mostly for water!
Once everything is dissolved, remove the pot from the heat and let it cool.
If you want to add essential oils for fragrance you can do so now. I added 20 drops of Young Living Lemon and Orange Essential Oils. (20 drops of each). Young Living's Thieves Oil would be great too, especially during the winter season!
Now you let it sit and cool. I stirred about once an hour to keep my essential oils blended in.
After about 5 hours of cooling and setting my soap was pretty thick, so I stirred it with a whisk and added another cup of water (remember I started with just 8). And it was the perfect consistency.
I then used a funnel to pour the soap into the pump bottles I had saved and stored what was left in a mason jar for refills.
This recipe gave me about 4 1/2 bottles, which are 12 oz each.
My entire family is happy with this soap! The coconut oil adds a little extra moisturizer, which we've needed this winter! And the lemon and orange essential oils give it a fresh scent.
One big question I see coming... "Do we get sick often because we don't use antibacterial soap?"
The answer is NO. We are actually rarely sick! We are one of the healthiest families I know when it comes to getting sick. I could go on and on about this subject, but I will just say this... There are good bacteria too and they help fight bad bacteria. Don't kill the good bacteria!
Have you made your own liquid soap before?
What scents do you or will you use? I think I will try a new scent each time!
And of course, I always like to hear how your soap turns out! Please comment below!
To get your own Young Living Oils just go here.
When you click on the link, select wholesale or retail at the top of the page and set up your account. Retail members will pay 24% more than wholesale, so please take a moment to read about how to become a wholesale member. It's so easy!
One of the things I love most about Young Living is EVERYONE can be a wholesale member! All you do is purchase the premium starter kit and you will be a wholesale member for life! There's NO FEES, NO MONTHLY MINIMUMS AND NO OBLIGATION TO SELL!
If you are interested in getting started with essential oils I highly recommend the starter kit. It gives you 11 of the most used oils (The Everyday Oils Kit) AND a home diffuser! It is literally the BEST way to get to know the oils and see how much you'll love them.
If you have questions I would love to help you! Just email me.