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DIY Hand Soap

Greetings, friends! 

This week, I was struck with two cold hard facts of life.

1. January is a really tough time on the bank account.

Post-Christmas. Post-holiday-travel. Post-lots-of-good-movies-in-theaters.

and 2. Hand soap is really, really expensive.

It costs, like, a dollar for 5.5 ounces.
Sure, I could just buy a super generic brand, but the ones I have tried are hella watery and make me feel like the skin on my hands shrunk.
Even still, they cost about $4 for 56 ounces.
I also like that the fancy soaps leave my hands smelling yummy like cucumbers or grapefruit.
It’s like a snack for my nose!

Anyway, anyway…
You see where I’m going with this:

Here’s what you’ll need:
8 c water
4 Tbsp coconut oil
2 Tbsp Dr. Bronner’s castile soap
1/2 tsp essential oils (optional)
1 bar of soap
empty bottle with pump top

Here’s what you’ll do:
1. Grate the bar of soap into a large pot.

2. Add the water, coconut oil and castile soap. Heat and whisk until soap and coconut oil dissolve completely.

3. Fill the sink with cold water and place pot in cold bath to cool completely. Add the essential oils at this time.

4. Once the soap becomes gelatinous consistency (after approximately 3 hours), use funnel to pour into container(s).

*drum roll*

16 oz coconut oil: $8
this recipe: $1

32 oz Dr. Bronner’s castile soap: $18
this recipe: $0.56

1 fl oz essential oils: $8
this recipe: $0.67

bar soap (8 pack): $4
this recipe: $0.50

total: $2.73 for 70 oz of soap
(that’s $0.21 for the same amount as those $1-5.5 oz bottles from the store)

Have any great DIY cleaning products?

Until next week, cheers!

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