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My adventure with a Hand Soap recipe : )

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So while searching on Pinterest I found this cool tutorial for making hand soap. In the tutorial it also says you can use it as body wash and shampoo. I was intrigued. So I made an ingredient list and went out to get the supplies I didn’t already have on hand, which only ended up being the glycerine. I had some Dr. Bronner’s lavender bar soap on hand so I used it instead of the Mrs.Meyers Soap. I added two other ingredients to my batch of hand soap. I was planning on using it as a body wash and shampoo as well so I added things I felt it needed for that. I added some coconut oil for moisturizing and tea tree oil for my hair. I really like this recipe as a hand soap, especially since my three year old son has become fascinated with washing his hands. We were going through a lot of soap.
I did not like this recipe for body wash or shampoo in spite of the fact that it cleaned my body and hair. I think it was the lack of long lather on the loofah and no lather in my hair. It lathers very well in our hands and leaves them soft and smelling very nice. I will definitely be using this recipe again. Try it out and let me know what you thought :)

Ingredients:

One Gallon of Water

One – Eight ounce bar of Soap grated (I used Dr. Bronner’s, the original recipe called for Mrs. Meyers)

Two Tablespoons of Liquid Vegetable Glycerine

Two Tablespoons of Coconut Oil

Ten to Twenty drops of Tea Tree oil (or any essential oil, Use your judgement on how much you want)

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Ingredients.

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Step One: Add one gallon of water in large pot and out on medium to high heat.

Step Two: Cut the bar of soap and pulse it in a food processor (or grate with cheese grater if you do not have a food processor)

20120111-154135.jpgStep Three: Add grated soap to the one gallon of water on the stove top and stir until dissolved.

20120111-154147.jpgStep Four: When Soap is dissolved turn heat down and add the glycerine, coconut oil and tea tree oil. Mix well and remove from heat.

Step Five: Set soap off to the side and let sit for 12-15 hours. It will become cloudy and clumpy.

Step Six: Mix with wisk or hand mixer and you have liquid hand soap. :)

20120111-154156.jpgThis soap is a little snotty in consistency, I think it has to do with the Dr. Bronner’s Soap instead of Mrs. Meyers. I am going to try this recipe again with Mrs. Meyers or hopefully some Homemade Lye Soap and see what the outcome is. The soap works so well and is very cost effective. :)

20120111-155035.jpgStep Seven: Pour soap into old store bought soap disperser or a reusable soap dispenser. And go wash your hands :)

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DIY: Laundry detergent..

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20120102-162840.jpgSo a year ago I started making my own powdered Laundry and Dishwasher detergent, a week later I was hooked on the laundry detergent and never looked back. I gave the dishwasher detergent about and month and decided I didn’t like it and it wasn’t for me. To this day I still use the powdered laundry detergent and love it. I would like to share it with you..
I found the recipe on this blog, (giving credit where credit is due) and have added and changed a few things over the year. I use these ingredients:

DIY: Homemade Laundry Detergent

1 Bar Shaved Fels-Naptha Soap – $1.19 at Publix

1 Cup of 20 Mule Borax – $4.25 at Pubix

1 Cup of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (Baking Soda will not work) – $2.50 at Publix

I use 1-2 TBS of powdered detergent to my loads of laundry and also add the following:

1/4 of Vinegar (in softener dispenser)

4 drops of tea tree, lavender, or eucalyptus essential oils (in with vinegar)

Directions:

20120102-162812.jpgStart with these ingredients: Borax, Washing Soda, and a bar of soap.

20120102-162819.jpgCut the Soap into chunks and Pulse in food processor until it is as fine as it will go. If you don’t have a food processor grate with cheese greater.

20120102-162825.jpgAdd the Borax and Washing soda to food processor Pulse until mixed thoroughly and soap is very fine, It should like picture   above.  If you are grating with a cheese greater you will not be able to get it super fine, this is okay it will still work and will still dissolve.

You might be wondering why I use the vinegar and the essential oils in the loads of laundry.. Well, the Vinegar is good for helping rinse the soap residue off of the clothing, in turn making the clothing soft. The vinegar does not make the clothes smell and does not harm the clothing. (this is from my experience and you should use at your own digression) I use the essential oils for two reasons, I like that my clothes to have a nice smell to them, the soap does smell nice but I like to change it up. And the Tea Tree and Lavender Oils are good disinfectants. My husband goes into a lot of different customers homes daily and I like to use the Tea Tree Oil to help disinfect his uniform. This will also help keep some of the pesky skin and hair bugs ( Examples are scabies, bed bugs, lice.. etc.) away when going into so many customer homes. We have never had any of these and you can never be to preventative of things like that. This might be helpful for your childrens clothing if they attend school or day care. I like to use the lavender as a disinfectant on my towels, sheets and blankets. You do not need to use the vinegar or the essential oil. I did not use any of it for a while, theses are things I have slowly added into my routine with the homemade detergent.

I am currently thinking about making some liquid laundry detergent and adding the essential oils so there is one less step when throwing in a load of laundry. I am just a little unsure about storing 5 gallons of liquid detergent.. I make two batches of the powder and store it in one of my Goodwill finds, it fits very nicely in my basket on top of my dryer.