Here’s another great Pinterest idea coming your way! I’ve seen this floating around and always thought it would be fun. I hate strongly dislike bar soap. The thought of all those germs coating the surface of it, ick…nasty. So yeah, you will find liquid soap in our house to wash your hands with. We’ve been very blessed to be able to get it on sale most of the time (especially when the big containers go on sale) but, honestly, it is expensive. If I can eliminate one expense in my house I’m certainly going to try!
This was super easy to do.
My ingredients were:
2 Bars of Dove soap
4 cups of water
Now…I want to note that if you are not using Dove soap the results will be slightly different.
a. most recipes not using Dove soap call for glycerin as well for added moisturizing (Dove soap is 1/4 moisturizer if you look at the label)
b. you don’t need as many bars of soap if you are not using Dove so you might want to check out the recipe at the bottom of this post for regular soap
FYI – I read that you don’t need glycerin (as most recipes call for it) because it is just a moisturizer so if you’re happy without it you can make your soap without it. But, if you do want to add it, you can find it in the aisle with bandaids and things like that in the pharmacy section of your grocery store. I’m not sure how much it would cost, though.
Grate your soap into flakes (using a cheese grater or similar instrument).
Place soap flakes and water in a large pot and put on medium heat to melt soap. You don’t want to boil it so keep an eye on your pot and stir it every so often.
If you’re using a soap with little scent you may want to even add some essential oils at this point for added scent. Tea tree oil would also give it added anti-bacterial properties. Make it unique by what you put in it.
At this point your soap should look like this:
That yellow on top is the oil/moisturizer in the Dove soap.
DO NOT LET IT BOIL! It takes about 20 minutes to completely melt the soap in the water. Just let it take it’s time and keep turning down the heat on your burner if it looks like it’s going to start boiling.
When it’s completely melted take if off the stove to cool. Most of the websites I read about this said to leave it about 24 hours or overnight.
It thickened overnight just a bit so it was more soap-like. Don’t worry if the initial liquid seems a little runny. This is what it looked like in the morning.
Then I used my cake decorating tips to get it into containers as I don’t have a funnel, lol.
I filled two containers and have LOTS left over. I think I’ll just store it in a plastic container until these are used again.
If you have liquid soap containers that you’ve been collecting, you can always fill some, add a nice bow, and give them as Christmas gifts. I’ve received liquid soap as birthday gifts and as Christmas gifts. I LOVE it. And a slightly homemade liquid soap would be even more fun! Especially if you made your own special blend using essential oils. It would be unique. I’m thinking some cinnamon-smelling soap would be fun for Christmas!
Yeah for soap! =)
Cost: 2 bars of Dove soap (on sale) $2
Water – FREE
Containers (used) – FREE
Can’t beat months of soap for only $2!!!!!
Recipe for Liquid Soap using Regular Soap
You can use Ivory, Irish Spring, Whatever!
8 oz bar of soap (check the label because for some this will be one bar and for other soaps it will be two bars)
2 Tbsp of liquid glycerin (again, you don’t NEED this. It is for added moisturizer)
1 gallon of water (or about 16 cups) – this varied on blogs some said only 8 cups…you can always try it at 8 cups and add more water if you find it is too thick.
Follow the same steps as above for melting and cooling.
Some tips from homesteadrevival.blogspot.ca
It the runny soap bothers you, perhaps these two tips will help:
• One reader on Roby’s blog made a solution of 3 T. table salt and 8 oz. hot water, stirred until dissolved, then added it to her room temperature liquid soap. According to the reader, it instantly thickened it.
• Another reader suggested not adding as much water if your soap is high in oils (which mine was).
If your soap ends up being too thick:
• Try using an electric hand mixer and breaking it up a bit.
• Try adding a bit more glycerine.