Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Homemade Liquid Soap

Rebecca has been having trouble with her computer, so we are going to try posting today with the iPad app for blogger. We'll see how it goes.
We got this great idea from One Good Thing By Jillee- she has fabulous projects! She used this simple idea of turning inexpensive bar soap into liquid soap.
As you know, liquid soap is so much more expensive than bar soap. When you buy liquid soap, you are really just paying for water. We took a 3 pack of Ivory soap, and made 48 oz of liquid soap. It cost us $1.18 to make verses $6.99 to buy a 48 oz refill bottle of Ivory hand soap.
What you need:
3 bars of soap
6 cups of water - you can add more or less if you find you don't like the consistency.
Grate the soap with a cheese grater. Heat soap and water over medium high heat. Stir until soap all dissolves. Pour into a glass jar or bowl and allow to cool. After about 24 hours it will thicken to the right consistency. Fill your liquid soap dispensers and store the rest in a covered container.

**Update**

We had one batch that we didn't stir as much as it cooled. It set in two layers - one liquid and one solid. We put it in the blender and pulsed for a few seconds. The batch turned out perfect!



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20 comments:

  1. Good idea ~ I'm going to try this : )

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  2. Think I might try this with some other kinds of soap. I'm always drawn the the locally made fun soaps but not a fan of using a bar. This might be the way to go!

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  3. I've tried this before with Dr.Bronner's soaps and with Toms of Maine soaps and when cooling they both turned into a hard gel. Maybe this only works with ivory soaps, or non organic soaps?

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    1. One batch we made cooled into two layers. One was liquid and the one on top was more solid. We put it in the blender and pulsed for a few seconds. It blended and has been fine ever since.

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  4. you are kidding?! this easy...i am going to try this...i have the ivory soap! thanks!!
    i am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

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  5. I have been making my own hand soap for at least 6 months now. My recipe calls for 1 bar of soap and 10 cups of water and it turns out pretty thick... it seems like 3 bars of soap to 6 cups of water would be WAY too thick. Anyway, if you make it with 1 bar and 10 cups it ends up being quite a bit cheaper!

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  6. Sarah C how much do you get from your recipe?

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  7. I use a gallon of water, a bar of soap and a tbsp of vegetable glycerin.

    If it turns out too thick, you can always blend it in a blender and add water until the consistency is more to your liking. :)

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  8. My great-grandmother taught my grandma how to do the same thing :) They used left over soap slivers, melted them down with water, and then used them for shampoo when times were hard during the Depression.

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  9. We can learn so much from past generations! They knew how to get the most out of everything and throw away less! Good for us an the environment.

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  10. Ya'll are right on cue...I am about to run out of liquid hand soap(seems to happen in our bathroom first) so I want to make some using some homemade soap for the extra goodies that are in it...and here you come up with this one!

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  11. And the recipe I found mentioned glycerin in it so I'll grab that tomorrow.

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  12. Do you think you could add essential oils for a nice smell?

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  13. You know what is even better...we really like the foaming hand soap in our house. I just found a way to Make my own foaming hand soup using liquid soap. So I may save even more money by making my own liquid soap and using that to make my foaming soap. Yes!!

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  14. I think I'm going to try this with Olay Body bars and hopefully make it into liquid body wash!

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  15. Will just any type of soap work?

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  16. Can you add something to make the soap more moisturizing? Just made my own last night and it turned out great, but is a little too squeaky clean. Looking for something softer. Thank you.

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