Homemade Liquid Soap Recipe
Do you choose your liquid soap based on scent or which design matches your bathroom décor? Well, you may be getting a lot more than you bargained for. 76% of liquid soaps and 30% of bar soaps now contain anti-bacterials. Many people pick up anti-bacterial soaps without even realizing it. Others choose anti-bacterial soaps and cleaners because advertising implies that using them will help protect your family against colds and flus. But colds and flus are viruses, and anti-bacterials have no effect on them.
A commonly used anti-bacterial chemical is triclosan, a suspected immunotoxin and a suspected skin or sense organ toxin. Triclosan creates a carcinogen called dioxin, as a by-product. A Swedish study found high levels of this bactericide in human breast milk.
Not all bacteria make people sick. Some are beneficial. Anti-bacterial soaps and cleaners kill both beneficial and harmful bacteria. By doing this, they actually leave us more vulnerable to the harmful ones we encounter. Children especially need exposure to some germs, to develop their immune systems.
Scientists are concerned that the widespread use of anti-bacterials contributes to the development of resistant bacteria, ie bacterial that will only be killed by different or stronger doses of chemicals. So when we need to kill harmful bacteria, like strep, staph and e-coli, it will be more difficult.
Soap is one of those must-have items, but that doesn’t mean you have to buy it at the store. Learn how to make your own soap, and enjoy the savings!
The recipe for making your own liquid hand soap is super-simple—so simple, you’ll be surprised when you realize how much markup you pay for a slim tube of the stuff. The Tipnut blog shares a recipe pulled from a “country wisdom” tome that uses just bar soap, honey, glycerine, and boiling water to make a good vat of the stuff. You can add your own herbs or other scent enhancers—just don’t go tossing anything that will spoil in the mixture. Make a good amount of the stuff, store it away, and refill your pump containers instead of giving the smelly store in the mall another $4.
Reuse & Refill Plastic Soap Dispenser Bottles
1 bar soap (6 oz)
1 TBS honey
1 tsp glycerin
- Grate bar of soap into small flakes, pour in blender.
- Add 1 cup boiling water and whip.
- Add 1/2 cup room temperature water and stir in blender.
- Add honey and glycerin, stir.
- Allow mix to cool (15 minutes) then whip again.
- Mixture should be 2 cups at this point. Top with cool water until mixture measures between 5 and 6 cups, whip.
- Pour into containers and allow to cool (do not put lids or caps on yet).
- After an hour, close containers. Soap mixture will thicken up.
- Shake before using as needed.
Optional: You can make this with herb infused water, just strain before using.
Source: Adapted from Pearls of Country Wisdom by Debora S. Tukua