I decided to make my own soap today. Tiffany makes her own deodorant and face cleansers. Colleen makes her own concoctions too. So I made dish soap and laundry soap. I'm sick of using soap with ingredients I can't pronounce, wondering what the contents are doing to the environment and then tossing the plastic bottles into the garbage.
Let's make some dish soap. I looked at a few recipes on line and in this book and I went with the following recipe:
- 2 cups liquid castile soap (I get mine in bulk)
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 5 drops orange or lemon essential oil
- 1/2 cup white vinegar (for its grease-cutting properties)
Just shake it before each use and you're good to go- it works great!
I also made some laundry soap using this tutorial.
But it has congealed so much now that it is a solid mass and won't pour out of the jug! Luckily I found this website that has tips about making laundry soap. So I added more hot water and now it works great.
And there is still an incentive to get this soap-making thing right. On her blog she says her recipe yields 18 gallons of laundry soap. Each gallon washes approximately 32 loads using 1/2 cup per load. So that's 576 loads for about 6 bucks!
And I won't be tossing out plastic laundry soap bottles every month.
So have you guys ever made any of your own cleaning agents? Beauty products? Soap? Do you think it's worth the effort?