Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Very Easy {Two Ingredient} Homemade Liquid Handsoap

A while back I wrote about how using bar soap over body wash for bathing helps avoid waste, saves money, and saves unnecessary packaging. I guess this is again where the "choosy" wins out over the cheap, because when it comes to hand soap, I prefer liquid. I don't like the  grunge that inevitably builds up on the soap (or so it always seemed at my grandparents' house growing up).

I read on a forum somewhere a few months back that you could make your own liquid hand soap by grating up a bar of soap and boiling it in 6 cups of water. I finally got around to trying it last week. I was concerned when I "Googled" it because I almost always saw glycerin as an essential ingredient in most recipes. If you follow my blog you know I like things uber simple with as few and as "common" ingredients as possible. Glycerin is very cheap and would last a long time though so I'm not knocking it. However, since I didn't have it around, I asked a fellow blogger if it was necessary and discovered that if you use regular bar soap, rather than castille soap, the glycerin is not needed because it already has it.

It worked REALLY well, and was simple enough to make it worth doing again. I was treating it as an experiment, and doubtful that I would do it regularly because of time constraints, but I definitely will continue because it's very easy to do while cooking dinner or any time for that matter. Here's how:

1. Grate bar of soap. (I used Ivory because that's what we typically have around.)

2. Bring 6 cups of water to a boil and add bar soap. Stir until soap is dissolved.

3. Turn off heat and let cool for 15-30 minutes or long enough to be cool enough to put in soap dispensers.

4. Put in dispensers and let sit until it thickens up. With Ivory it turned a whitish color.

Scratch liquid handsoap off my shopping list! Yay!

*Added Note, 2/18/2011
When I went to make another batch of this I realized that a good bit of soap was still clumped together in the dispensers. I just added a bit of warm water to each one and shook them up and they started shooting out soap again, a bit more liquid, but plenty of soap to do the job!

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  1. Woah, I will totally be doing this! It would be easy to just do this while making laundry detergent, too.

  2. Might have to try this when I find a need for liquid hand soap.

  3. Thank you thank you, I can't wait to try this!

  4. I will *definitely* be trying this! Thanks for sharing :)

  5. AWESOME! Thank you for posting this! I've been wanting to try a homemade liquid soap recipe, but I hadn't had any luck finding a simple one. This is absolutely perfect. I hope it works! :-D

  6. Excellent idea! I would love for you to link up at my Unwasted Homemaking Party :)!

  7. My grandmother was from the Depression Era and found ways to reuse and stretch just about everything. She used to save leftover slivers of bar soap and add them to a jar with water. It took a while, but eventually they dissolved and she would have liquid hand soap. :)


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