If you are anything like me, you are looking for inexpensive and easy ways to keep your family healthy. I’ve spent precious time standing in the aisle at Target reading the soap bottle labels and sometimes choosing the one that simply smelled the best!! Most liquid hand soaps (chemical-free or with organic ingredients) are in the $5 to $9 range for about 12 ounces. I’m a little ashamed to admit that I have paid that price more than once…or twice.
Today, I’m going to share with you our family’s tried and true soap “recipe” that we’ve been using for about a year. I feel pretty confident that you’ll love it!
-Empty 12 ounce foaming soap bottle
-2 tablespoons fragrance free liquid castle soap
-10 ounces of water (best to use distilled – but I rarely take the time to do that)
-1/2 teaspoon olive or almond oil (optional)
-Favorite Essential Oil
How to make your foaming soap:
Step 1: Pour water into clean bottle. You’ll want to make sure that you had a little bit of room at the neck of the bottle so that your pump has a place to go. Otherwise you’ll overfill and lose some oil or soap. Just leave about an inch and a half from the thread of the bottle.
Step 2: Add two tablespoons of castle soap into bottle with water.
Step 3: Add olive or almond oil.
Step 4: Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. I usually choose a few to blend!
Step 5: Place the pump back on the bottle and WASH YOUR HANDS!!!!
One bottle of soap usually lasts us about 3 weeks. Sometimes more, sometimes less. I change the scents based on the seasons or our needs. For instance – right now I have eucalyptus and lemon in our bathroom pumps. It’s a breath of fresh air every time we wash our hands!
Other Ideas for Combinations
Lemon and Grapefruit
Tea Tree Oil and Peppermint
Rose and Orange
How Much Does Is Cost?
As far as a price breakdown- with a little bit of upfront cost you can save a significant amount in the long run. We purchased 4 clear foaming hand soap bottles for about $8 from an online store called Abundant Health. We buy Dr. Bronner’s (the 32 ounce unscented pure castle soap) for $17. I use it for both Parker’s baths and making our hand soap so I always have it on hand. If you used it only for the hand soap it would likely last to make about 30 bottles of soap which estimates to sixty-cents per ‘recipe’ of soap. Essential oils can be expensive, but many are very reasonable. I’ve tried many different brands and purchased from popular brands (like doterra and Young Living) but have also had good experiences with purchasing oils from Whole Foods and Turnip Truck. With adding in the oils to complete the soap mixture, I estimate that each time I make a bottle of soap it’s costing me less than $1.00. I’ll gladly put in a few minutes to pay that instead of $9!!