DIY Quick + Simple Liquid Hand Soap

Don't get me wrong, but this household loves germs. You might be saying, "ew" quietly to yourself as you read this but I'm a firm believer that being exposed to dirt and germs is amazing for our immune systems. In order to strengthen a brain and help it grow and adapt to the world, we have to constantly stimulate it, repeat habits, and teach it. It's a similar concept for our immune system. If we want to strengthen it, we have to expose it to germs and stimulate it. We want it to learn how to fight off things that don't belong in our body and adapt. The earlier we teach that, the better. 

With that said, we do wash our hands. However, we're lenient about how often we do it compared to how I feel most others are. We wash after the bathroom or anytime dealing with human waste and before cooking, but other than that, we don't really touch the stuff. We love playing in dirt and don't mind leaving our hands dirty for the rest of the day.

Years ago, when I was still in high school, I started learning about the chemicals and additives in.. well.. almost everything. As I've gotten older, and especially after having Maddox, I started buying earth-friendly options and being aware of what comes into our household. My goal has always been to rid our own personal space of toxic and harsh chemicals while also saving us money, helping the environment, and hoping to send a message to corporations that we need to change ingredients. It's easy to want to purchase the cheaper, trendy, overly-fragranced option and honestly, I know for some that's the only choice that can be made for financial reasons but if you can invest in castile soap, do so! Seriously, a little goes a long way and it is extremely versatile so it can even out between all the other soaps and cleaning supplies that needs to be bought.

This soap is wonderful for keeping your hands clean and moisturized. The simplicity of it means you can whip it together in minutes and hardly have to fuss over it. 

What You Need

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup castile soap
1 tablespoon jojoba oil or melted coconut oil (optional)
1 tablespoon vitamin E oil (optional)
10-15 drops of essential oil of your choice (if using, make sure you use an oil)

What to Do

1. Pour your water into an old soap dispenser or mason jar (Amazon has these soap dispenser lids for mason jars which came in so handy since we own so many jars). Then, add in the castile soap. If you're adding in your oils, mix and shake them in. Note: I skipped using essential oils because I already had a lavender castile soap. Great essential oils to use would be lemon, grapefruit, orange, tea tree, or peppermint. Play around with it and decide what scent you love. 

2. Voila! Shake your soap dispenser before use as the oils will separate (I give it a couple, quick swirls) and then squirt a dab onto your hands, rub them together, and rinse.

Enjoy making your natural hand soaps! Have you made it before or a different version? How did you like it?

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Shayna Shattelroe

25 years old. Mama to Maddox. Word weaver. Lover of love. Coffee addict. Psychological science student. 

A woman of curious nature, my name is Shayna. I am wild & reserved. Humbled & proud. Quiet & clamorous. Strange & familiar. I live in the trees of New England typing away as lifestyle blogger. You can always find me with a coffee cup in one hand and a book in the other.

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