You might ask why make your own when there are so many readily available? Well, for one its fun to make difference scents etc. For another – price and packaging!! Once you buy your supplies you have foaming soap for months for a fraction of the cost and WAY less plastic to toss. That’s a win-win. Plus I love doTerra Essential Oils, so its fun to mix and match. We use them at home and at the office and change it up for different seasons! (Its also a great project to involve kids – just a little chemistry!)
- Castile Soap
- Jojoba Oil
- Essential Oil of your choice (we chose Citrus Bloom for summer, and used On Guard in the winter this year).
- Foaming Hand Soap Pump (Walmart and many other stores sell Foaming Hand soap pumps)
Simply fill the bottle with 1/5-1/4 of Castile Soap. Add a few drops of Jojoba Oil, simply to nourish your hands, add 20-30 drops of your chosen Essential Oil (you can always add more if you prefer more scent!), then fill with water, slowly so it doesn’t foam up on you. Give it a little shake and you are all set. I tend to give it a little shake when I see it settling too.
TA DAAA! You are a frugal, enviro-savvy oily DIY master!
If you love this, then maybe you also want to try making your own Laundry Detergent? Our family has been using this since 2020! Great for the environment in terms of less plastic and chemicals… and great for our busy family’s pocketbook.
I like to use a 4L Water bottle to hold my soap. Then its easy to give a shake before using and has less spillage than old laundry detergent bottles.
Here is what you’ll need:
- 125mL castile soap
- 125mL baking soad
- 40mL coarse salt
- 3.5 L hot water
- I like adding Lemon and Lavender Essential Oils!
I tend to add the salt and water first, so I can stir and let the salt dissolve. Then I add the other ingredients. Be sure to shake before using and then use just like any other detergent.
I tend to make it up in batches of 3 – it will last months in our house, even our family of 4 and office laundry!
Let me know what you think and how this works for you!