I’m definitely not a big fan of using antibacterial soaps, which most liquid soaps seem to contain now a days, and yet bar soaps are also less than ideal for a minimal mess hand washing solution.
Over the last couple of years I’ve used a Burts Bees liquid soap by the sink, but at over $5.00 a bottle it doesn’t always lend well to my budget so I decided to try and make my own.
I originally found this method of making your own liquid soap at Frugal Granola, but have put off trying it out because I often heard others saying what a pain making liquid soap was.
Boy were they wrong. Making my own liquid soap took all of just a few minutes of my time.
Homemade Liquid Soap
1 bar of natural/handmade soap (I used a 3 oz bar of cinnamon scented soap from Simple Cleansing)
1 Tbsp honey
1 tsp vegetable glycerin
1 cup boiling water
Method of Preparation
1. Grate the bar of soap so that it dissolves more easily in the water.
2. Place the soap and boiling water into a blender and blend until all the soap is dissolved. This step produced a LOT of foam for me. Also make sure to be extra careful here – you are dealing with very hot water.
3. Add one tablespoon of honey and 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin to the mixture and blend for a few seconds to mix well.
4. Add water to reach desired consistency.
The directions I followed said to put in enough water to reach 6 cups……..and I have a 6 cup blender that was about five cups full. But I did as I was told.
And was promptly met with gobs of foam coming through the top of the blender and cascading down on to the counter top. I got to clean while I was also making a mess.
It’s days like these that I’m glad Todd isn’t home when I’m experimenting in the kitchen……..
So I would only add enough water to reach your desired consistency. I should not have added any at all as my soap is a bit to thin for my liking, but that may also be attributed to the fact that my bar was only 3oz.
5. Allow the mixture to cool – it may take an hour or so for the foam to dissipate. You may then pour into your container and store the rest in a jar.
This works wonderfully for us as it suds nicely yet leaves hands moisturized as well. And I’m sure you could also add in essential oils like tea tree to help as a germ fighter if you so feel the need.
Have you ever made your own liquid soap?
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