Washing your hands in today’s world full of germs and viruses is more important than it has ever been. So many people today wander around through stores, gyms, and every other type of public gathering without washing their hands with liquid hand soap, or taking precautions against spreading something contagious. Whether they know or do not know, does not dismiss the fact that this happens every day.
The only way to protect yourself from others is to take all the steps needed to make sure you stay healthy through all the seasons. Washing your hands often is one of the best ways to make sure that you do not carry germs that you have picked up from someone else. Making your own hand soap is easy and can be customized to the scents that you like the best. As well as keeping your hands moist, rather than drying them out like most store-bought soaps.
There are three separate ways in which you can make soap. Let us go over them each so you can start creating your own liquid hand soap.
Using Castile Soap:
This is one of the most common ways to create your own liquid hand soap so we will start here. This is a straightforward process that can be adjusted to your liking, except for the first two ingredients. The vitamins are added to ensure a moisturizing effect from your soap, and the essential oils are for the smell.
- ½ cup of Castile Soap
- ½ cup of distilled water
- 1 Tablespoon of Vitamin E oil
- 1 tablespoon sweet almond oil or olive oil
- 15 drops of tea tree essential oil
- 10 drops of lavender essential oil
You will want to start off by filling your jar or container with the water, then add the Castile soap. Remember that this ingredient is concentrated so you do not need a bunch of it. Add the rest of the ingredients and shake the container until it is mixed. If you are using a container that you cannot shake, simply use a whisk. There you have it. Homemade hand washes soap that is simple to make.
Using Bars of Soap:
This is the second way to make liquid hand soap and is a fantastic way to get rid of those small chunks of bar soap that get in the way. Remember that as with all types of recipes, this is a guideline that you may have to adjust to get it the way you want it.
- 100 grams of bar soap (one bar or a number of small bar soap pieces)
- 30 milliliters Glycerin
- 2 Liters of distilled water
- 15 drops of tea tree oil
You will need to start with grating the bars of soap into a dish that you can weigh on a kitchen scale. Pour it into a saucepan and add the glycerin and water. Heat on low and stir frequently until it is no longer clumpy. Spoon out a small amount and let it cool down. Check the thickness and consistency. Add water if needed. Once satisfied take off the heat and let it cool slightly. Add the tea oil (and essential oils for scent if you want) and mix. Once it cools all the way it will thicken, and your hand soap is ready to go.
The third way to make liquid hand soap is to make it from scratch. There is a ton of chemistry involved in this recipe so unless you have some time, and some patience, you will want to use one of the others up top.
- Lye solution (181 grams of 90% potassium hydroxide and 550 grams of distilled water)
- 240 grams of coconut oil
- 560 grams of olive oil
- Vegetable Glycerin
- Distilled Water
- Essential oils of your choice
You will start with putting the oils in a slow cooker and melting them on high. Once it is a liquid add the lye crystals after you have diluted them in water (add lye to water). Now use an immersion blender and stir by hand, then turn on and off to mix it gently. Once it has thickened place the lid on the slow cooker and let it sit for five minutes. Repeat the mixing and let it sit numerous times until it is thick (like dry mashed potatoes). Once there cook on high for three to six hours. It will slowly become a paste until it resembles Vaseline. Add the distilled water and glycerin to dilute the paste and mix on high until blended. Put the lid back on and turn it down to warm. Let it go for an hour or more. Once it is the liquid strain it and add you’re essential oils. It is now ready to use.
The last recipe is more complicated and has lots of room for errors, while the other two are simple and easy to do. The way that you choose is your choice, so get your supplies ready, put on some good music, and get to it.