My frustration with going clean and organic is the price of everything. I feel like so many companies take advantage of the green phase many go through. Although I trip and stumble A LOT being organic and green has never really been a phase but more of a lifestyle I have incorporated since pretty much I began making my own life choices. I cloth diapered, I made my own diaper wipes, we have always recycled and over the last 6+ years we have been gardening and learning about eating clean foods from good local sources. So getting something as simple as a hand soap that is not full of disgusting chemicals would not seem like such a hard task compared to getting a decent crop of tomatoes. Let me tell you have I have tried many chemical-free brands and while nice they cost me too much to buy on a regular basis. At some point I saw a blurb about using Dr. Bronner’s to make hand soap somewhere and it was so simple I have not forgotten how.
I love Bronner’s I have used this brand for various needs over the last many years so I knew where to get it and some of the basics about it. I purchased Dr. Bronner Castile Soap in the Almond scent, from Target for $16.99, of course you can find it pretty much anywhere including several places online.
Here are the ingredients in the Almond –
Water, sponified organic coconut and organic olive oils (w/ retained glycerin), organic hemp oil, organic jojoba oil, natural bitter almond fragrance, sea salt, citric acid, and vitamin E.
I had been saving my foam soap pumps I purchased during the holidays for all our bathrooms, you can find empty ones to purchase to but I am all for reusing and of course saving money. =D I have not tried any other type of soap dispenser, only the foaming soap dispenser and it works like a charm.
Simply I poured in a small amount of the Bronner’s, maybe about 1/7th or 1/8th of the bottle
and fill the rest of the bottle with water. Yes water, that is it, the Bronner’s and water. I do fill the bottle slowly so as not to make too much foam, I fill it high enough that some of the foam does spill over. I shake the bottle gently to mix the Bronner’s with the water and there you have it, a nice hand soap free of the gross stuff and it does not dry my hands out.
What I have done is I wrote what the bottle of Bronner’s cost me and each time I fill one of the foam pumpers with a new mix I write a line so I can see how many bottle of hand soap I will get. At the time of the picture I had made four but I am now up to five and as you can see I will get plenty more. Once I empty the bottle I will let you know how many I got. At this rate I will be spending under $2 for a decent hand soap but I am aiming for $1 per bottle.
What is nice about the Bronner soap is that you can get it in a variety of scents or plain and scent it with your favorite scented oil.
Happy hand soap making.
Peace & Happiness
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