With so many hand soap varieties available in the market, it’s difficult to choose the best one, especially, when all claim to be the best. As an alternative, you can learn to make a homemade soap, that not only moisturizes your skin, but also saves you a buck!
Moisturizers are needed for each and every part of the body, in every season. Though, their need is exaggerated in winters and specifically for hands, the reason for this being, the impending dry weather. The moisture content in the air reduces drastically during this season, which makes the skin dry. Our hands are one of those parts which frequently come in contact with water, hence, making them more dry.
This problem can be easily solved with a moisturizing hand soap. As the name suggests, these soaps contain moisturizing qualities, which along with the usual cleaning, keep the hands moisturized too. As stated earlier, there are tons of moisturizing soaps in the market, but most of them contain large amounts of chemical ingredients. Since these chemical ingredients might turn out to be harmful, it’s better to make your own homemade soap.
#1: Hand Soap with Honey
- 1 tsp glycerin
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 bar soap (6 oz)
Boil one cup of water and keep aside. Grate the bar soap into small flakes. When you are done with grating the whole soap, pour it in a mixer. Add the boiled water and whip. Add another ½ cup of water at room temperature and stir in the blender. Add in honey along with glycerin and stir well. Allow this mixture to stand for about 15 minutes. When completely cooled, whip it again. At this point, the mixture should be about 2 cups. Now, pour cool water till the mixture becomes 5 to 6 cups, and whip it again. Pour the mixture into containers, and let it cool for an hour. Close the containers after an hour, then it will thicken up. Shake well before use. This soap also has antibacterial properties.
#2: Hand Soap with Essential Oils
- 3-5 drops of Vanilla Essential Oil
- 3 drops avocado essential oil
- 2 tbsp of castille soap
- 1¼ cup of water
- ½ tsp of olive oil
- 4-6 drops of citrus essential oil
This is one of the simplest recipes to make liquid hand soap. All you have to do is combine all the ingredients using a measuring cup, and with the help of a funnel, pour it into a dispenser, and your liquid soap is ready! It forms a good lather. You can also add any scent of your choice to it.
#3: Hand Soap with Powdered Milk
- 1 drop orange food coloring
- ¼ cup distilled water
- ¼ cup full-fat powdered milk
- 1 regular size bar soap
- Soap molds
- ⅛ tsp peach fragrance oil
First, spray a light coat of vegetable cooking spray over the molds, and set them aside. Now grate the soap with the help of a cheese grater. If you don’t want to use a cheese grater, you can simply cut it into very tiny pieces using a sharp knife. Now, heat the water over low heat. When the water is slightly heated, stir in the grated soap, until it melts. Once completely melted, remove from heat, and add all the remaining ingredients. Blend well, until it forms a smooth mixture. Now, pour the mixture into the molds, and tap them gently to remove the bubbles. Let it set for about a day, before using.
With the help of these recipes, you can get rid of the soaps containing harsh chemicals. If you are making soap for the first time, it advisable to make just one bar first, to get a gist of it.