Isn't it funny how frugal living and natural products often go hand-in-hand?
I ran out of normal hand soap in my kitchen a few weeks ago, and I was reluctant to go out and buy more. I've been learning so much (mostly from all the fantastic blogs out there) about simple living and the do-it-yourself mentality that I knew there must be a simpler - and probably cheaper - alternative out there.
Castile soap seems to be a common thread in many soap-type concoctions out there. My wanderings in natural food stores have shown me that my choices of liquid castile soap are basically Dr. Bronners and Dr. Bronners. I know a lot of people love the product, but I am not wild about the philosophical jargon plastered boldly all over the bottle. So I kept waiting...and looking.
What I found was perhaps not quite as "natural-y" as Dr. Bronners, but its only non-natural ingredient is "natural fragrance." It is Kirk's Coco Castile soap, a solid soap made from coconut oil. I am not totally okay with the "natural fragrance," but it is a mild scent, and none of us have very sensitive skin. And it's 1.39 a bar. I guess at some point, I'll keep looking for the ideal castile soap, or learn to make my own (wow, that will be interesting... chemistry labs were my worst class in college). But this will do for now.
Back to the hand soap. Liquid hand soap just seems like a good idea by the kitchen sink, where grease, suds, and food scraps are always flying around. Transforming the solid soap to liquid sounded tricky at first, but it was insanely easy.
3 cups water
1 (4 oz) bar castile soap
1. Boil water in saucepan
2. Grate soap (wash grater quickly so nobody uses it for cheese...)
3. Add soap to water and stir until dissolved
4. Put in soap dispenser (I had enough extra to fill a pint jar for refills).
Cheap, easy, and only 5 ingredients (including the water). A little extra work is involved, but I consider this area of my life to be thoroughly simplified.
If you're also interested in making a refill soap solution for foaming hand soap dispensers, you will be amazed at how easy it is (way easier than making the liquid soap from solid!).
I know many of you make your own soaps and body care products. I'd love to hear your methods, or read some of your posts about them!
Posted at Simple Lives Thursday at GNOWFGLINS, Friday Favorites at Simply Sweet Home, and Fresh, Clean, and Pure Friday at la bella vita