Love the Home You Have –day eighteen– bathroom project
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.