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Homestead’s are dirty–there’s no way around it. When you live on a homestead, you’ll find that you are washing your hands every chance you get.
You can spend a lot of money making multiple trips to the store to purchase your own soap, or you can make your own. If you are anything like me, you prefer to make your own.
Once a year I make all the goat’s milk soap our family will use during baths and showers. The rest of the time, we use foaming hand soap for it’s convenience–and I make that too. I make foaming hand soap about twice a week. Around here, it sells for $2.50-$3.00 a bottle, so that means I’m saving $25.00 a month on this one essential household item.
In less than one minute, you can also make your own foaming hand soap with just a few ingredients you probably already have on hand.
Ingredients Needed To Make Foaming Hand Soap:
- Water (free in most places)
- Foaming soap container (bought just once)
- Dawn dish soap (about $0.75 for a small bottle)
One bottle of dish soap would probably make 8-10 refills. That means after you buy your foaming soap container (this is a must–the soap will not foam without it), you are paying less than $0.10 a bottle/refill.
Making Foaming Hand Soap
Make sure you have cleaned out your soap dispenser before starting, unless you made the exact same kind the last time around.
Pour a bit less than 1/4 cup of Dawn dish soap into the bottom of your container. I know some ladies that use as little as 2 tablespoons, but I have more success with 1/4 cup. Any more than this is too thick, and it will clog your dispenser.
Very slowly fill the rest of your soap container with water. If you have clean water, you can use what comes from your tap, or you can filter it like I do (I have a Berkey Light that I use to filter everything, and I highly recommend it).
Your dispenser should have a fill line on the back to stop at.
Carefully place your lid back on and run it under water to get off any excess soap. Your new foaming hand soap is ready to go!
Looking for a good recipe to make your own bar soap?
Consider making goat’s milk soap. It’s our favorite moisturizing soap and fairly easy to make.