Homemade Liquid Hand Soap Recipe

The inspiration for this recipe came from  thefarmersnest.com, in that original recipe, it calls for using Meyers soap, but when I did the research on the ingredients, I did not like what I found. Here is the information on the ingredients for the soap used in the original recipe,( this information I found on the Mrs. Meyers website):

BASIL ALL PURPOSE SOAP BAR

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Basil All Purpose Soap Bar can be used for hands, body and bath. Our big bar of Castile (a fancy word for Olive Oil) soap is pressed three times to make a rich and creamy soap. Made with natural essential oils and 100% pure vegetable base, all you do is lather, rinse and go.

PRODUCT INGREDIENTS ARE AT LEAST 97% NATURALLY DERIVED.

INGREDIENTS: Water, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Vegetable Oils, Glycerin, Titanium Dioxide, Pentasodium Pentetate, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Fragrance, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Oil, Carum Petroselinum (Parsley) Seed Oil, Piper Nigrum (Black Pepper) Seed Oil

(source: http://www.mrsmeyers.com/Products/Hand_And_Body/Basil_All_Purpose_Soap_Bar)

Sounds great right? I mean Castile soap is good, most of us are familiar with Dr. Bronner‘s brand of castile soaps, which are derived from all natural ingredients, but that is not the case here. The fifth ingredient is listed as Titanium Dioxide, in 2010 Aol published the article, Amid Nanotech’s Dazzling Promise, Health Risks Grow, here is an excerpt:

” For almost two years, molecular biologist Bénédicte Trouiller doused the drinking water of scores of lab mice with nano-titanium dioxide, the most common nanomaterial used in consumer products today.

She knew that earlier studies conducted in test tubes and petri dishes had shown the same particle could cause disease. But her tests at a lab at UCLA’s School of Public Health were in vivo — conducted in living organisms — and thus regarded by some scientists as more relevant in assessing potential human harm.

Halfway through, Trouiller became alarmed: Consuming the nano-titanium dioxide was damaging or destroying the animals’ DNA and chromosomes. The biological havoc continued as she repeated the studies again and again. It was a significant finding: The degrees of DNA damage and genetic instability that the 32-year-old investigator documented can be “linked to all the big killers of man, namely cancer, heart disease, neurological disease and aging,” says Professor Robert Schiestl, a genetic toxicologist who ran the lab at UCLA’s School of Public Health where Trouiller did her research.

UCLA molecular biologist Bénédicte Trouiller found that nano-titanium dioxide — the nanomaterial most commonly used in consumer products today — can damage or destroy DNA and chromosomes at degrees that can be linked to “all the big killers of man,” a colleague says.

Nano-titanium dioxide is so pervasive that theEnvironmental Working Group says it has calculated that close to 10,000 over-the-counter products use it in one form or another. Other public health specialists put the number even higher. It’s “in everything from medicine capsules and nutritional supplements, to food icing and additives, to skin creams, oils and toothpaste,” Schiestl says. He adds that at least 2 million pounds of nanosized titanium dioxide are produced and used in the U.S. each year. What’s more, the particles Trouiller gave the mice to drink are just one of an endless number of engineered, atom-size structures that have been or can be made. And a number of those nanomaterials have also been shown in published, peer-reviewed studies (more than 170 from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health alone) to potentially cause harm as well. Researchers have found, for instance, that carbon nanotubes — widely used in many industrial applications — can penetrate the lungs more deeply than asbestos and appear to cause asbestos-like, often-fatal damage more rapidly. Other nanoparticles, especially those composed of metal-chemical combinations, can cause cancer and birth defects; lead to harmful buildups in the circulatory system; and damage the heart, liver and other organs of lab animals.

Yet despite those findings, most federal agencies are doing little to nothing to ensure public safety. Consumers have virtually no way of knowing whether the products they purchase contain nanomaterials, as under current U.S. laws it is completely up to manufacturers what to put on their labels. And hundreds of interviews conducted by AOL News‘ senior public health correspondent over the past 15 months make it clear that movement in the government’s efforts to institute safety rules and regulations for use of nanomaterials is often as flat as the read-out on a snowman’s heart monitor.”

Scary right?  I have no idea if they use nano-materials in Mrs. Meyers soap, nor do I want to find out, the titanium dioxide alone is enough to make me find a better product to use. I can tell you Wal-Mart is not going to have much if you are trying to find an all-natural soap, Target or the local health food store is your best bet. I found this brand, Shea Moisture, at Target for $4.99, they sell it in most stores or you can order it online.  I am sure you could just buy an organic hand soap but you are paying for mostly water so why not make this more frugal option, for around $4.99, you get a gallon of liquid soap that you can use for hand soap as well as body wash.

So here is the soap I bought, I took the picture with the label off the soap so you could see the ingredient list more clearly:

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I chose this one because I could pronounce all the ingredients and had knowledge to what they were (as I am sure you do too). In addition to the bar of all-natural soap you will also need:

2 tbsp. liquid vegetable glycerin

3 tbsp. unrefined sea salt

1 gal. distilled water

cheese grater

pan large enough to hold a gallon of water

Empty, clean gallon  container

Grate the entire bar of soap with the cheese grater into a bowl, it will look something like this:

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Put the gallon of water in the pan, followed by the grated soap,

Add 2 tbsp. of the glycerin to water as well, heat over med-high heat

it will look something like this:

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Cook the soap mixture until the grated bar soap is completely dissolved
Take pan off the heat, and add 3 tbsp. of salt
stir until the salt is dissolved (it should look like the picture above)

Let mixture cool until room temperature, if mixture is too thick you can mix it with an electric mixer and additional water, until it is the desired consistency. I added salt to the original recipe to make the mixture more creamy and less stringy. When I made the initial batch, it was super stringy (the snot description in the original post was not an overstatement at all!) The addition of salt remedies that issue. Add any essential oils you would like when the mixture is at room temperature . I left the essential oils out of the main batch so I can add the essential oils as I fill the individual containers (Lavender + Tea tree for hand soap & grapefruit + orange  for body wash are a few of my favorite mixes) Add to clean empty gallon container to continue cooling. (12 Hours total cooling time) You may need to shake the bottle periodically so that it continues to blend properly. And there you go, that’s it! Easy and Economical, not to mention a better choice in terms of your health & wellness.

English: Liquid hand soap in a pump dispenser,...
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Keep in mind, when you take the sodium lauryl sulfate out of the product you have substantially less lather. It is still cleaning even without all the bubbles and foam. I have two kids still in diapers, so just imagine how much I wash my hands. On top of that I live in Colorado which is really dry, but my hands are softer and less dry now that I don’t use sodium lauryl sulfate containing products any longer. If you would like more info about chemicals in beauty products, read my post, Wellness Challenge #3: Save Your Skin!! This is one area that you have control over, support companies that do not use harmful ingredients in their products or make your own!

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  2. Lacy Griffin Reply

    Titanium dioxide is used as a colorant to make the soap white. I came across your website trying to duplicate the blend of essential oils that Mrs. Meyers uses in their soap so I can make my own cold press soap. Usually it is used in VERY small amounts (like 1 tsp for a whole batch). Just thought you might like to know!

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