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.