DIY – liquid hand soap/shampoo

Update on my computer:  No, it is most certainly not a cooling fan.  My techie/guru gave me a couple of CD’s to run tests on the memory and the hard drives – it’s most likely one or the other of those.  Oh, joy!


Believe it or not, this active political and spiritual commentator is also a DIY soap maker.  I’ve made all of our bar soap for the last 2 1/2 years.  A couple of days ago, I ventured into liquid hand soap.  I would have blogged sooner, but I wanted to see how well it worked.  The results are in – it’s effective, easy, and smells great!  Here’s the recipe I used:


Liquid Dish/hand soap

  • 8 oz.  Castile Soap (unscented – you can buy larger quantities for bulk discount, and save it)
  • 2 tsp.  White Vinegar
  • 2 tsp. Washing Soda
  • 1/4 tsp  scented essential oil  (optional, your pick of scent if desired.  For this test batch, I used Lavender, which smells dreamy!)
  • 1 glass/ceramic bottle with pump or squirt handle

Combine 1 cup hot water with other ingredients in a mixing bowl, and whisk together until well blended.  Allow ample time to cool, whisking occasionally to ensure the mixture stays combined.  (Note: I used a light plastic mixing bowl, and let it set on the counter until the outside of the bowl was cool to the touch, stirring every 5 minutes.  It took about 20 minutes to cool).

Using a funnel, slowly pour into pump bottle for use.

FYI – this batch actually made more soap than what the pump bottle I had could hold – so it was a good thing that the 8 oz. Castile Soap came in a glass pump-handle bottle, too.  I put the extra soap in it, and moved it to the bathroom!  BONUS!

UPDATE 7/26/2014:  After careful consideration, I would not recommend using pump-handle soap bottles.  A snap-top squeeze/pour type of bottle would be better, as pump handles seem to be poorly made and develop leaks quickly, which leads to additional mess on your counters and sinks.

A new project . . .

Add to my list of talents . . . . . . . clothing designer. Yesterday, Barbara was bemoaning not having something to wear that would keep her face warm for the winter. Last week when we were at her mom’s for Thanksgiving, they colaborated on a polar fleece jacket, which Barbara loves. I told her that a balaclava would keep her face warm, especially one made of polar fleece. She wanted to know if it could be done, and in about 3 hours I designed and drew pattern pieces for a polar fleece balaclava. We’re cutting and sewing it today.