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Save Money With DIY Liquid Soap

If you’re a devoted hand washer, it can be shocking how quickly you run through store bought liquid soap. Before you know it, you’re running out to the store again. Worse, if you’re prone to dry skin or have sensitive skin, it can be hard to find an affordable liquid soap. Fear not, below are several ways to make your own DIY liquid hand soap for pennies on the dollar.

Before you start, a note: you’ll probably notice something a little disturbing as you read through these ideas. These recipes are mostly water. For a fun bit of homework, check the first ingredient on commercial liquid soaps. Guess what. It’s water. You’re basically trading paying for marketed water with paying for the concentrated soaps and oils, and you’ll probably be shocked at how much money you save. What’s not to love about that? Here are some options for your own DIY liquid soap.

Castile Bar Soap Base

Castile soap is a DIY favorite for a reason. It’s a basic, natural soap made from olive oil and sodium hydroxide (lye). To harness this soap, grate a couple bars of castile soap and get a gallon of water. Heat the water in a pot (not boiling) and stir in the grated soap. The soap should dissolve completely as you stir. Let cool and thicken for a day, and then add your essential oils to your scent preference.

Coconut Oil Hand Soap

This list wouldn’t be complete without a coconut oil recipe. It’s just so great for the skin. This idea uses a soap bar base as well. You can choose any kind, though a natural product would probably work the best. Grate the soap bar with a cheese grater and combine with about half a gallon of water in a pot. Add a couple tablespoons of coconut oil and then heat the mixture on medium heat until everything has dissolved together. Let cool, and add any essential oils to fragrance. Stir well.

Castile Liquid Soap

It doesn’t get easier than this. Just add some liquid castile soap to a foaming soap dispenser, about one handful. Fill the rest of the dispenser with water and shake. Then you have gentile, homemade hand soap.

Add The Oils

This recipe is similar to the one above. Add one part water to one part liquid castile soap. Add a splash of vitamin E oil, a splash of jojoba oil and about 25 drops of your favorite essential oil. Shake the container to mix the ingredients. This recipe will make a nourishing, moisturizing soap that is perfect for dry skin.