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Make your own hand wash

This hand wash is so easy to make and one of my most popular recipes.

By Wendyl Nissen
This is so easy to make and one of my most popular recipes. Do be warned, though, it is gluggy and comes out of the dispenser with an off-putting phlegm-like consistency rather than as a creamy, commercial hand wash.
That’s because it doesn’t have chemical emulsifiers and creamers in it. You’ll get used to it, I promise. The glycerine in this is a fantastic moisturiser for your hands.
  • 2 tbsp grated soap
  • 250ml boiling water
  • 2 tsp glycerine
  • 2 tsp rosewater
  • 10 drops rose geranium essential oil (or you could use lavender)
Add grated soap to boiling water. Stir, then let sit for about 10 minutes until it melts. Add in the glycerine, rosewater and essential oil. When the mixture is smooth, pour while still warm into an empty soap dispenser bottle, as when cold it will set to a jelly and be hard to pour.
*If this thickens up and becomes hard to get through the dispenser, simply add some hot water and shake to thin.
Image credit: ACP Photographic Staff/ bauersyndication.com.au.

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