Wash your hands & dishes with the same product - it's that safe, natural & green!
Soap and detergent are not the same thing, soap is a safer more eco-friendly option than detergents. Soap can be used anywhere there is a need to clean and for a long time a bar of soap was swished around in the sink to wash dishes.
There was nothing wrong with this method and we recommend still using it, you can even grab this old but new contraption to help you swish around in super hot water! See Soap Swisher Cage
Liquid detergent crept its way in society and it is something we have become custom to, so I hope this recipe helps you still enjoy the convenience without the risks.
- 1/4 cup Liquid Castile Soap
- 1 3/4 cups distilled water
- 1 teaspoon Xanthan Gum
- 1 tablespoon Vegetable Glycerine
- 20-25 drops Essential Oil (optional)
- Mixing Jug (approx. 1 litre capacity)
- Measuring spoons/cups
- Pump bottle
1. In the bowl add the Glycerine, Xanthan Gum & essential oils, mix well until it is free of lumps & forms a gel.
2. Add the distilled water & Castile Soap to the gel mixture then gently whisk, try not to make too much bubbles. Keep whisking (for up to 5 minutes) & slowly the mixture with thicken up.
3. Once you have the desired consistency, pour into your pump bottle & it's ready to use. Store any leftovers in an airtight bottle.
If you would like to give this a go, you can grab all the ingredients here
IMPORTANT STUFF TO KNOW
What is liquid Castile Soap?
This is a pure soap that is made from olive oil, water & lye (caustic soda). Depending on the type of lye you can make liquid or hard soap.
Can I just use Castile Soap as is?
Yes, yes. yes! It's the most simplest non-DIY, ready to roll replacement for detergents in many ways. You can simply use it direct from the bottle & not do a thing. It will give you a lot more lather (because its not diluted) however it may be a little runny & has you may want to add some fragrance with essential oils. Good news is you can thicken pure undiluted Castile Soap with saline solution see here for details
Can I add other ingredients to this recipe for hand wash?
Absolutely! You can also experiment by adding other skin cleansing ingredients like Vitamin E, Shea Butter & Glycerine.
Can I use this in a foaming soap pump?
You sure can & the recipe is even easier! You only need the distilled water, Castile Soap & essential oils. Do not add the xanthan gum gel! You may still like to add glycerine for its moisturising qualities.
Does this make lots of foam & lather?
The more diluted Castile Soap is the less foamy bubbles it will produce, but please do not let this fool you into thinking its not doing its job - for extra bubbles in the sink add a pinch of the Dish Powder or Coconut Soap Flakes or lather up a wet sponge instead.
What does Xanthan Gum do?
It has a few functions but the main one is to thicken liquid solutions naturally. You will find it as a thickening agent in shampoos, conditioners, detergents & a lot of cosmetics.
Can I add the xanthan gum without glycerine?
Yes, but you will need to be extremely patient as it will be very lumpy & can take some time to whisk. If you do it this way, you may want to use a stick blender. Bearing in mind if you use a stick blender the mixture will foam up & almost double in size, so make sure your bowl is big enough. You may need to let it 'rest' overnight to reduce back down.
Why do you mix glycerine with xanthan gum?
It acts like a ‘roux’ (a mix corn flour & butter) used to thicken a soup, the butter helps spread the flour more evenly through the soup so there are less lumps. The glycerine works the same way with the xanthan gum as it does not react with it like water does. It's amazing really.
Do I have to used distilled water?
We totally recommended using distilled or demineralised water as there are no minerals to interfere with the soap & free of any contaminants/bacteria. Tap water contains minerals - the harder your water the worst it is. If your fortunate to have soft tap water, then you can use this, but you may want to boil it first.
Is this safe for septic tanks?
The ingredients are mild, safe & biodegradable which should not affect the bacteria in septic tanks like harsh chemicals can.
* This recipe has been updated on the 23/8/2020. It still has the same ingredients but the instructions have been simplified to reflect 'best practice' . Please read the FAQ for additional methods & variations. Thank you!