When we lived in Portland I adopted many of their Greener Ways... With each step toward greener living, some adjustments were easier than others. (It took me a long time to take the composting plunge!) I like making these changes for a few reasons... First of all, many of them are extremely cost effective and the frugal mama in me gets a big kick out of saving a bit of cash every now and then. Secondly and more importantly, when I can cut down on the number of harsh chemicals that my family and friends are being exposed to, that makes me feel super good. Last, the amount of packaging is being reduced, thus reducing our family's waste and that's always a good thing. So, when my virtual friends, the Enviromoms posted this recipe for homemade handsoap I was game to give it a try. I whipped up my first batch several years ago and have not looked back since.
I just purchased my 2nd bottle of Dr. Bronner's Castille Soap (it lasts a long time!) for about $15 and bought the larger bottle of vegetable glycerin at Sprouts Farmer's Market up the street but both can be found at most health food stores or online. Make sure you use a foaming dispenser--I initially made it and put it in my old soft soap dispenser and it was just a liquidy mess. But then I purchased a foaming dispenser (like this one from Method) and that made all the difference. I now have one at each sink in my house, and every few months re-fill them using this recipe...So easy!