They say you either have time or money. Sometimes we have neither or at least feel that way. Yup, that’s me right there.
It’s funny, because I have less time and less income than ever, but I’m the happiest I’ve ever been. It’s probably just the delirium of sleep deprivation, but if it isn’t then it’s a merry coincidence. Either way, I figure I better enjoy my luck while it lasts.
However, this lack of time and money presents some fun challenges and I find myself seeking out compromises and short cuts at every turn and some of them turn out better than the original.
You see, I made some moisturising handwash before and it’s very thrifty. I think it came in about 20 cents a bottle, but it is a bit fiddly and at the moment time is of the essence. This easy homemade hand wash is my happy compromise and if you made a huge batch of your own liquid Castile soap then it would end up even cheaper.
The gorgeous Wellness Mama has a hand wash recipe However, I like to avoid mixing water into these things, as it has a tendency to separate unless you shake it on a regular basis and it can reduce shelf life. So this is my version.
380 ml/ 14 fl oz pump bottle
1 ½ cup liquid Castile soap
1 tsp olive, macadamia or sweet almond oil
¼ tsp rosemary essential oil*
¼ tsp orange essential oil*
* Feel free to use your favourite essential oil or leave out if you’re avoiding essential oils in pregnancy.
Start with a sterilised or very clean pump bottle, pour in Castile soap, followed by all the oils. Put the lid on and spin the bottle upside down a couple of times and zippideedoodah you have a heaven-scented homemade hand wash for not much money.
As with all products, use in a discrete spot first to check for skin irritation.