Let’s face it, life on a farm while often idyllic is messy. There’s mud, dirt and dust, chicken and horse manure. I am in and out of the house all day long and most times my hands are dirty when I come in the house. And much as we love our furry and feathered friends, the reality is that germs and disease can be easily transmitted from them through poor hygiene, so I am always washing my hands.
I love the idea of anti-bacterial soaps but worry about the commercial soaps because of the health warnings, so I decided to try making my own anti-bacterial hand soap. It turned out to be far easier than I imagined. I used tea tree oil, lavender and citrus essential oils, which all have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, as well as some Vitamin E for soft skin.
If you find that it starts to solidify after awhile, just unscrew the top and whisk it up with a kitchen whisk and you’ll be good to go.
- Grate the bar of soap into a small saucepan filled with the 4 Cups water and heat to boiling.
- Let boil for several minutes, stirring to ensure all the soap is melted, then remove from heat.
- Add the glycerin and oils, stir to mix and let cool.
- Pour into a glass dispenser and let sit overnight.
- In the morning, the soap will have turned to gel. How cool is that?
- If you find that it starts to solidify after awhile, just unscrew the top and whisk it up with a kitchen whisk and you’ll be good to go.