I have been nervous about this homesteading adventure; making my own hand soap. Why? Because of the smell! No-no, not the smell while making it, but of how to infuse or get a nice smelling hand soap while making it at home.
I have always liked going to my friends’ houses and they have the fancy Bath & Body Works hand soaps. They smell AMAZING, but I have to wonder what the fragrances are actually made out of. Most fragrances are now conjured up in some science lab. There is no way a pomegranate in real life smells as strong as the fragrance they put in their soaps!! PLUS, I could never bring myself to pay that much for hand soap.
Good news, Dr. Bronner’s makes a castille soap that is gently scented with natural ingredients, so the soap still smells good without being overpowering. Check it out here for all their soaps Dr. Bronner’s Ingredients.
Making homemade dishwasher soap means you can make it for a fraction of the Name Brand stuff. And if you have a large family, and do lots of dishes, that can lead to some major cash savings.
Now, I don’t want you to get discouraged, but making homemade dishwasher soap is one of the most difficult items for homesteaders to make, because the success depends very much on what type of water you have (heavy water, soft water, well water, etc.) My biggest advice is give each recipe a try and then tweak them until you find something that works for you. It becomes quite fun, as you feel like you are a mad scientist trying to concoct the perfect dishwasher soap recipe. *Insert evil villain laugh*
This recipe is super simple because you just mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and then pour it into a reusable container. Then when doing the dishes, use 1 Tablespoon of soap per load in the main wash compartment and 1/2 cup of white vinegar in the rinse cycle. If you find that it clumps up, then next time you make a batch, leave it in the bowl on the counter for 1 day and each time you walk by give it a quick stir. Then pour into