I love hand soap. What I don’t love is buying either two or three little bottles or one gallon-size jug of orange or creamy white goop to sit under my bathroom sink. So I decided to scour the Net for a recipe to make my own hand soap.
I found a number of results, some helpful, others not so much. In the end, I decided to use this one by Jillee. Since we typically use Dove soap, I figured it couldn’t hurt to give it a try with one bar of soap and see what happened. When I got to the store though, I decided to use Yardley English Lavendar soap because I liked the way it smelled and I could add a few drops of lavender in the final batch.
- 1 bar of Yardley soap
- 2½ cups hot water
- 20 drops of lavender oil
- In a medium saucepan, boil the water.
- While the water is heating up, grate the bar of soap. I used my food processor to make easy work of the job.
- Add the soap flakes and essential oil to the hot water and stir until all of the soap dissolves. Let cool for about two hours.
- After the mixture has cooled, check the consistency. Mine was exactly how I wanted it, but you may want to add a little more water. I highly suggest adding the water in small increments to avoid ruining the hand soap.
- Once it reaches desired consistency, add to your soap dispenser. I recycled a Jack Daniel’s bottle for the man cave bathroom. Store any additional soap in an airtight container.
This batch made enough to fill two soap containers.