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A few months ago, I wrote about how I began making my own liquid hand soap. I love doing it, and recently found a new recipe that gives me an even better consistency in the final product.

Here is what my batch looked like by the time it had cooled:

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I had to use a handheld mixer to make it a liquid again and, so far, I am very pleased with the results.

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Making my own liquid hand soap is one of my favorite things to do. I wash my hands a lot (two small children at home. Enough said) and my hands always looked dry and awful because the soap I had been using was just too strong. Then I switched to soap with natural ingredients, which I Loved, but was expensive.

Inspired by this post at Heavenly Homemakers, I began to make my own. It is wonderful! Gentler, even, than the pricey soap I was buying, and so affordable that I can splurge on a really nice bar soap and still get a gallon out of it. I will not be going back to the commercial liquid hand soaps.

This is how I make it:
In a heavy pot, heat 16 cups of water until just steaming. In the meantime, grate a 4oz. bar of soap. When the water is ready, pour the soap in and mix. Let cool. Laura (Heavenly Homemakers has a couple of extra steps, but this is how I’ve done it and I’ve been pleased with the results.

Linking at Your Green Resource via A Delightful Home

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I found out about the Simple Swaps via Undercover Mother and really liked the idea. This month’s swap is about carrying your own reusable bags.

I began a few months ago, actually out of convenience: We lived on the third floor and it was easier to carry the bags on my shoulder plus holding my two children, rather than doing multiple trips carrying one or two plastic bags each. However, this simple change is one that never fails to give me a boost! My bags are cheap ones from Walmart (I know, I know…) but they have so many lovely bags out there! And even one or two tutorials for making your own that I look forward to trying.

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Linking at Undercover Mother

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