My crusade to cut back on plastics in our household continues! I already stopped buying liquid body wash and switched to a bar of soap, so what’s my next target? Liquid hand soap.
I don’t like the idea of having bars of soap on every sink in our house – liquid is much neater and easier to use. So, I’m now making my own.
Here’s the recipe I came up with:
1 bar of soap (I used Ivory because I always have a stash of it here to make my homemade laundry detergent)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
Finely chop (or grate) the soap and put into a saucepan with 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil and, stirring often, melt the soap. Be careful not to let the soapy water overflow. Once the soap has dissolved, remove the pan from heat and whisk in one tablespoon of the olive oil. Let the mixture sit overnight.
When you wake up in the morning, it will be solid. Break it up a bit and put it into a blender or food processor. Add in the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and the honey and 1 cup of water. Turn the blender on and whip well. You may need to add more water to get the soap to the right consistency.
Some other thoughts:
1. Making homemade liquid soap saves a lot of money. This recipe cost $1.84 to make, but it filled $12 worth of empty soap dispensers. Yee haw!
2. The olive oil and honey make this a very moisturizing soap. Seriously, my hands have never felt better!
3. What about “antibacterial”? Quite simply, it isn’t necessary. Overuse of antibacterials may actually promote resistant strains of bacteria. Even worse, tricolsan, the primary ingredient in antibacterial soap, can combine with chlorine in our tap water to make chloroform gas, a probable carcinogen according to the EPA. The first line of defense against infection is simply washing your hands with normal soap and water.
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