Monday, March 26, 2012

How To Make Liquid Hand Soap

homemade liquid soapAs part of February's Finance month, I'm still on the hunt to find ways to save money around the house. Since we were running out of refills for our usual soap, I decided to google ways to make liquid hand soap at home. As detailed by Savvy Housekeeping, it's really pretty simple to make, and comes in at less than a dollar for 2 quarts of soap. This should have us set for months.

Here's what you'll need:
1 cup of grated soap (from a bar of soap)
10 cups of water
1 tablespoon of vegetable grade glycerin (I got mine from Amazon)

Grate enough soap to make 1 cup of shavings. I had a lot of small soap samples from Goat Milk Stuff, and I was super happy to have found a way to put these samples to use. You might have some travel size soaps, or a bar you're not using - anything will work.

Liquid Soap

Get a rather large pot, and pour in 10 cups of water. Place this on the stove top and put it on about medium. Then pour in the cup of grated soap. You'll want to get the water warm enough to dissolve the soap, but not boil.

Stir a bit, and let the grated soap melt in the water. Then pour in 1 tablespoon of glycerin.

Let the liquid cool overnight, and then use a funnel to pour the soap in to a pump dispenser. You'll notice that it goes from being fairly runny to a thicker consistency. Mine took 3 days to really "set" and now feels quite luxurious. I also added some essential oil for scent.

homemade liquid soap
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Do you need a liquid soap dispenser? How about these cute ones?
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Anne said...

This is so useful and handy. Now I can make my own hand soap and save up a little. Thanks for sharing!

shopannies said...

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Paula said...

Sure :) Im really liking the soap, even at about a week after I started using it. I've noticed my hands are not as dry. Hope it works out for you all :) let me know if you try it out!