Sunday, February 21, 2010

Homemade Hand Soap

Over the last year, I have been experimenting with making my own cleaning products.  It may sound strange, but I really enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes from making something for myself.  Maybe that's why we can all summer long -- because it feels good to know that you did something with your own two hands.  I started off by making homemade laundry soap.  I used the recipe from the Duggar Family and I am still using it today.  Matter of fact, I made 5 gallon of laundry soap this afternoon.  I have under $3.00 in that 5 gallon of soap.  Right next to the sense of accomplishment I feel is the fact that I am saving a TON of money making my own cleaning products.  A few months ago I used the recipe from Carrie at and made my own fabric softener and my own spray & wash.  I must say I love them.  If I didn't I wouldn't use them.  As much as I love saving money, I want to know that my clothes are clean and smell fresh.  My homemade cleaning products work just as well as what I was buying.

Well, today, I added one more homemade cleaning product to my pantry -- homemade hand soap.  Once again, I used a recipe from Carrie at FarmingOnFaith (THANKS CARRIE!). 

I grated 1/2 bar of ivory soap into 4 cups of hot water.  I used a whisk and stirred it on low heat until it was completely melted.  Do NOT boil the water.  When the soap is completely melted, add 1/4 cup borax, 1/4 cup washing soda and a few drops of essential oil.  Stir well to combine and pour into a clean gallon jug (I used a milk jug).  Then fill the jug to the top with water and shake well.  I am going to let the soap sit overnight to thicken, and then try it tomorrow.  I am nearly out of liquid soap, so I am anxious to fill my Bath & Body dispensers (think $3.00 a piece on sale for 8 ounces) with my homemade soap. I know I have less than $0.50 in this gallon of soap.  I'll let you know what I think but since every other recipe from my blogging friend Carrie has been GREAT, I am certain I will love this too!

It's been cold and rainy here at Down On The Farm, but I've had a great day saving money and working with my hands.  What a GREAT DAY!


  1. I am so inspired by your posts about making your own products. Just in the last week I spent $12.00 for a bottle of Era (that will last approx. a month) and $9.00 for a bottle of Downy and that will only last a couple of weeks. I am going to try it soon...very soon! Where do you get your essential oil?
    Thanks for a great post.


  2. Jackie - I get my oil at This is the same place that Carrie, at FarmingOnFaith, buys her oil. I bought NG Clean Breeze which smells just like Downy! I checked and it was cheaper to buy the oil online and pay shipping than to buy it locally. I use just a few drops and I know it will last a LONG TIME! If you just give the homemade products a try you will LOVE THEM! If you lived close enough, I'd give you a gallon of the soap. I gave a gallon to a friend of my last Friday night, and on Monday she called me and wanted the recipe. Since then, I have had two other friends as for the recipe. I am hooked!

  3. What a neat way to save money! Anything like that helps in this hard times. Just want to thank you for the "follow" so I traced your footsteps and came here to follow you too! God bless.

  4. This is so fantastic! I love how much money you are saving!

  5. Hi New Friend,

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower. I so appreciate your prayers for our family. I came by to formally introduce myself and have become a follower of yours today as well. I look forward in getting to know you more here.


  6. You are way to sweet~ I am glad you like it. I really do not care for any of the dishwasher recipes very well. Do you have any you like? I do have one but I am not so crazy about it!

  7. I'm always looking for ways to save on cleaning products too. As soon as I'm out of laundry and hand soap, I'll give your recipe a whirl. Thank you so much for being the first person to leave a comment on my website. I cried with joy that someone saw my blog! Thank you for for adding me to your list.

  8. I too love my homemade laundry soap, but I make the powder as I don't want to store a 5 gallon bucket. This time I added essential oil to it and it smells great! I'm looking forward to trying more cleaners as I use up what I have. I don't know if I can give up my Bath and Body works handsoap, but I should!! Thanks for sharing!!