A few years ago, we decided (and by we, I mean “I decided” and dragged my boys along!) to try and cut out as many chemicals from our regular routine as possible. You know, clean up the things we clean ourselves up with? Well, some of it was super easy to change out (hand soap and face toner), other stuff not so much (“no poo”).
One of the easier things in our routine to swap out with something more natural was body wash. We made the switch to Dr. Bronner’s early on and after figuring out that the peppermint variety was a bit too harsh on some of our neatherbits, we’ve been using the Almond Castile Soap ever since.
Now, before I get much further, I should say that this post is not, in any way, anti-Dr. Bronner’s. I absolutely love everything of theirs (including the crazy label!) but we were going through so much of their soap and it’s not cheap. I’m not pointing any fingers here but someone in our house is a bit heavy in the hand when applying the liquid soap. (Hi, Jim!) You add in the fact that we also use a diluted version of the soap for our diaper wipes…and well, we’re going through a lot of this stuff!
Something had to be done…
Thanks to a recipe I found on numerous websites (so many of you can’t be wrong!), I was able to make three quarts of body wash for $4.99. Awesome, right? Granted, I already had the glycerin so the next time I make a batch of body wash, it’ll cost a little bit more but glycerin is pretty inexpensive and can be found at most drug stores.
Homemade Body Wash
- pure Castile soap bar, grated (I like Dr. Bronner’s Almond)
- 12 cups water
- 2 tbsp glycerin
- Bring the water to a soft simmer, add the soap and stir until completely melted.
- Turn off heat and add glycerin.
- Cover and allow to set for 24 hours.
After allowing to set, just transfer the soap to either an old body wash bottle or to mason jars. I added a silicon gasket to my lid for easy pouring. We’ll see if it helps with conservation efforts! (Hi Jim!)
So there you have it. Depending on what type of soap you buy, you could feasibly make three quarts of body wash for under five bucks! Which leaves you money to buy more of all the other awesome natural products (like Dr. Bronner’s) out there! :D