Best of SacConnect blogs: Brown Thumb Mama

The Sacramento Bee hosts a network of high-quality news providers and bloggers in the Sacramento region. Here is a sampling of the current Home & Garden blogs. Check out the full postings:

•  Sacramento mom and blogger

Pam Farley

, author of “Brown Thumb Mama,” offers a cheap alternative to expensive foaming hand soap:

“You can make your own moisturizing foaming hand soap for pennies and add any scent you like. Plus it won’t have any weird chemicals that could irritate baby’s skin. The secret ingredient here is the vegetable glycerine (available online at, which is moisturizing and gives the soap a luxurious feel. It’s gentle but cleans well – perfect for washing your face or scrubbing the kids in the bath.

“Ingredients: 2/3 cup distilled water, 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerine, 1/3 cup castile soap, 15 drops essential oil of your choice and a foaming hand soap dispenser – the ones from the stinky bath store work great. Add ingredients to the dispenser in the order listed. If you put the soap in first, everything else you add will cause a foaming mess. Put the lid on, shake gently, and scrub-a-dub-dub!”

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