Homemade Liquid Handsoap

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this easy peasy recipe!!

My hair loves it too. I use henna on my hair and this gentle soap does not strip it.  When I first saw this recipe on Home and Family it actually was for shampoo! I tried it and liked it. I noticed when I used it my hands were soft. So…

I now use it in our liquid handsoap dispenser! Dr. Bronner’s alone in a dispenser tends to clog the pump. But this recipe doesn’t clog. Yay. However, it is much thinner than store-bought chemical laden liquid handsoaps. It shoots out the end of the pump. I tell my first-time users to cup their hands and “catch” it while pumping.

Homemade Handsoap~ BackToFamily.net

Here is the simple recipe:

Equal parts: Aloe Vera Juice, Coconut Milk, and Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castille Soap.

I generally will use ½ cup each. I store any extra in the refrigerator.

Dr. Bronner’s comes in a variety of scents made with essential oils. We prefer the Almond. I enjoy the Lavender myself but it’s kind of strong scented.  You can also add a few drops of your own essential oils.

I purchase the Aloe Vera Juice and Dr. Bronner’s either from Amazon or a local health food store. And the Coconut Milk in the Amazon link below comes in a 6 pack.  That is too much for our empty nest. Unless you drink alot of it or have a large family, that would last you a long time. I purchase mine one box at a time at Walmart.


Simple Laundry Booster

Filth. Dirt. Sweat.


I love my hardworking husband.

But that man knows how to get dirty!

My homemade laundry soap  just wasn’t doing the job.

I tried soaking his work clothes first in homemade Oxy Clean. That worked well!

But…most days I don’t have the time to mix up a batch and let it soak.

What I did today worked even better!

Here’s how I washed his work clothes today.

To the washing machine I added:

  • 1 cup homemade laundry detergent
  • 1 cup Borax
  • 1 cup Washing Soda
  • 1 cup Hydrogen Peroxide

In the center fabric dispenser, I added as usual:

  • White Vinegar

I was going to stop the machine and let his work jeans soak a bit.

But then, I got sidetracked…surprise, surprise.

I was impressed how clean the jeans and whites/lights came out!


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Homemade Oxy Clean


  • 1 cup Washing Soda
  • 1 cup Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 2 cups hot water

Mix well. Pour into a dark spray bottle.

Hydrogen Peroxide loses its potency when exposed to light.

Spray on stains and let sit awhile before washing or overnight.

I just tried this recipe. I LIKE it!

I rubbed it into stains and washed right away. It worked fairly well.

I had hot pads that were stained terribly from food spills.

I made a batch and let them soak overnight.

Wow. What a difference!

Give it a try and get rid of those chemical cleaners.

You may want to test it on colored fabric first.

UPDATE: I have come across recipes that omit the water altogether.

Some call for a ratio of 1:2 washing soda to 3% peroxide.

Experiment and see what works best for you.




Fall Cleaning: Bathroom


Fall Cleaning has begun around the homestead.

I like to start in the Bathroom.

Ours is very small so it seems to go quickly.

The Bathroom is the one area I am having the most difficulty going TOXIC FREE.

Takin’ it one step at a time though.

We’ll get there!

No more sponges and step stools

Washing walls isn’t a pain (as much of a pain anyway!) with my wall mop and mop head that a friend introduced me to years back.

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Homemade Castille Laundry Soap

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Homemade Castille Laundry Soap


My favorite homemade laundry soap!

I have been making my own laundry soap for about a year now, using Fels Naptha bar soap most recipes call for.

I don’t know about you, but strong fragrances take my breath away.

Fels Naptha is strongly scented. It is also colored.

The label is not very detailed as far as ingredients are concerned.

Now, it cleans very well. I love it as far as that’s concerned.

However, my whole purpose in taking the time to make my own is for a natural product.

So, I have decided to use Castile Soap.

I combine Kirk’s Castille made with coconut oil with Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap with Lavender.

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Homemade Powder Laundry Soap

Powder laundry soap

Homemade Powder Laundry Soap

1 cup Washing Soda

1 cup Baking Soda

1 cup Borax

1 bar soap (Fels Naptha, Dr. Bronner’s, Castille, Zote, Ivory)

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Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap

liquid laundry soap

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap

4 cups hot water

1 bar soap (Fels Naptha, Ivory, Castille, Zote)

1 cup Washing Soda

½ cup Borax

5 gallon bucket

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