I was super excited about trying this frugal recipe for homemade liquid hand soap after seeing a pin from The Farmer's Nest detailing how to make my own.
This project was super easy, hands-on time was minimal, and it cost a grand total of $1.50 for a whole gallon of soap.
Supplies you need:
bar of soap, glycerin, squirt of dishwashing liquid, water
I found glycerin in the first aid section at Wal-Mart. This 6 oz. bottle cost $2.99, but I only used 1/6 of the bottle.
Meanwhile, grate the soap. I used my kitchen grater and bowl. It's just soap, right? Excuse the scaly claw there; I'm not sure who that belongs to, but they may need to check out a recipe for homemade lotion. Just a thought.
My helper decided this looked like fun, so she jumped in on the fun.
Once the bar is grated, stir the soap shavings into the gallon of water.
Add 2 Tbsp. (1 oz.) of glycerin to the soap mixture and a squirt of (hand) dishwashing liquid. The dishwashing liquid is only added to enhance the suds factor.
Immediately after the ingredients have been added, the water will look cloudy and thin. Now just put the lid on your pot, and allow the compound to marinate for 12-18 hours.
I made mine around 3 p.m. At 10 o'clock that night, it was still very watery, so I continued to let it sit. By 9 o'clock the next morning, the mixture had thickened to a gel-like solid.
You may not need to, but I had to use a mixer to slowly add water until the consistency is similar to hand soap.
Bottle it up!
Note: The kind of bar soap you begin with may affect your final result. From what I've read, Dove seems to cause problems with thickening. Also, the glycerin additive is a humectant that helps the skin draw the moisture in. You may be able to get by without it completely.
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