Do you find it fun to concoct your own toiletries – from shampoo to conditioner and other bath basics? It is exciting to mix and create your very own and personalized grooming products. The moment is especially nice when doing it with your loved one as a bonding activity or with a friend. On your own, it can be a great past time, as well.
One must try DIY activity is to create homemade liquid soap / hand wash from bath soap.
It is better to use homemade soap to wash your hands especially if you have kids. Commercialized liquid hand washes contain harmful materials that may cause various health risks. The only way to go is natural and chemical-free.
First, here are the materials that you will need to make an all-natural liquid hand wash:
- A plastic or glass bottle with a pump dispenser
- Water (distilled or boiled)
- Hand Mixer
The ingredients you’ll need are:
- ½ bar soap
- ½ tablespoon honey
- ½ tablespoon glycerin
- ½ tablespoon witch hazel
- ½ tablespoon carrier oil (your choice of oil)
- 10 drops essential oil (your choice of oil)
- You need to finely grate the bar soap so that it will be easier to dissolve later on.
Note: On the soap, it can be any other soap that you like. The choice here is Dove because of its “for sensitive skin” component and its moisturizing effect. Anyway, some common choices are Dr. Bronner’s and Dial. It can even be a scented soap. It’s your choice. Experiment a bit! (You can even mix different kinds of soap, the small ones, as long as you thinly shred it.)
- Put the grated bar soap in the blender and pour 1 cup of boiling water. Blend until the soap is dissolved.
Boiling water means water that you just took out of the stove or the heater. At boiling point, immediately transfer it to the blender and blend.
- You can toss in the honey, glycerin, witch hazel and your choices of essential and carrier oils after that. See essential and carrier oils suitable for your skin type. Blend all the ingredients together, as well.
- Pour the mixture into a big bowl. Add 1 cup at a time of distilled water or previously boiled water. Mix it using the hand mixer. It will come out foamy. If the liquid wash is too dense, you can add more water to it. For this recipe, the maximum amount of water that you can add is 4 cups or else it will come out too watery.
- Transfer the concocted liquid hand wash to the bottle. Use it anytime you please!
Why use honey? If Cleopatra used honey to combat aging back in the day, then, why not use it now for your hands? It has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which are perfect for this DIY hand wash.
Why use glycerin? It can make your skin feel baby-like soft and smooth. As opposed to dry hands after washing, your hands will feel so supple. It is an anti-aging ingredient as well.
Why use witch hazel? This can do more than soothe dry and tired hands. It can treat itchy skin too.
Top choices for essential oils: Lavender, Chamomile, Jasmine, Tea Tree and Cedar
Top choices for carrier oils: Sweet Almond, Fractionated Coconut, Jojoba, Olive and Grapeseed
What if I don’t have a blender or hand mixer?
You can cook the soap and water on the stove. Take it off once the soap is dissolved. Let it cool for a bit before adding the other ingredients. You also need to constantly stir it. It will not be as foamy but the mixture will give you a decent liquid hand wash.
Hope you will enjoy making this moisturizing and anti-aging homemade liquid soap from bar soap! There will be an excess of this liquid soap. Be sure to store it in a container with a tight lid. It is also recommended to consume everything in 2 weeks to avoid bacterial contamination.