Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Homemade Children's Shampoo & Body Wash

I am picky about not only what goes into my kids but also what goes on my kids. I always pay double the price for organic body wash to insure the kids get only natural and safe ingredients on their skin. Unfortunately this is not sustainable for a frugal mommy like myself. So I went on a search to begin making my own bath products for the kids (and one day myself).

Surprisingly, there is a ton of information and recipes online, and all seem really easy. I choose this recipe because it had the least amount of ingredients and I had them on hand.

6 parts water

1 part castile soap (I used Dr. Bronner's Almond Scented)

I had an empty shampoo bottle I planned to use, so I made a 16oz batch. Using 1 3/4cups water to 1/4cup soap.

Bring the water to a boil, remove from heat and let cool for 5min. Grate the soap. Melt the soap into water and transfer into a squirt bottle.

Simple enough!!

I haven't tried it yet, but it smells super yummy and how can you really go wrong with castile soap?? Either way, I will let you know how it goes over tonight at bath time.

Oh, and for you that want to know how much this all works out to be, here is my estimate. I used 1/5th of my castile bar on one batch of shampoo. The bar was $3.49. So this bottle of shampoo cost me roughly $.70. Not bad compared to the $8 I was spending on their shampoo!


tia said...

I love this idea and the recipe! thanks for sharing, i'm excited to make this for my munchkins!

Mandi S. said...

We use the liquid Dr. B's soap for shampoo and body wash. It's concentrated so I take a little bit and pour it in another bottle and add water. A semi-local health food store has the big jugs of Dr. B's liquid castille soaps that you can refill your own container with very inexpensively.

Dusti said...

Castile soap is one of my favorite products ever!


April@ Natural Nester said...

I'm going to try this! You sold me when you said you didn't have to use detangler. We've been buying the only "natural" detangler we can find and it's $17 a bottle! Eek!

April@ Natural Nester said...

Quick question about the castile soap that I forgot to ask. I've tried mixing it with water and using it as a body wash and found that it stung some of my "sensitive" parts?? Is that normal? I've been leary of using it on my kids ever since bc of how it made me feel.

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