Save on Soap

I’ve been on a do-it-yourself kick lately and I found an awesome DIY project over the weekend: making my own liquid soap! All you need is a bar of soap, a bottle of glycerin (I found mine at Hobby Lobby), a cheese grater, a pot and a container to put your liquid soap in. I made a half-gallon of high-quality hand soap for about $4.00. When I compare that to what I paid for all-natural hand soap ($5.99 for 10 ounces) I can’t believe I didn’t learn about this sooner. Here’s what I did:

First, I gathered my ingredients. Pretty simple, right?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Next, I grated the soap. I like the way it turned into little curls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now comes the hard part: Dump the soap curls into a half-gallon of tap water. Whew!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now add 1 tablespoon of glycerin and stir over medium heat until the soap curls dissolve. It’ll look like soapy water but don’t worry! It will thicken.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next part was the hardest for me because I’m so impatient. You have to let your soap sit overnight to thicken. When I checked mine in the morning it was the consistency of Jell-O so I beat it with an electric mixer to liquify it again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The last step is to pour your new liquid soap into a container. I used a funnel because I am accident-prone!

Will you try making liquid soap? If you do, let me know how it turns out!