Tuesday, January 10, 2012

DIY: Liquid Hand Soap

Here's a fun way to use those skimpy leftover pieces of bar soap!

What You Need:
  • A bar of soap (I use Dove unscented)
  • A cheese grater
  • A sauce pan or pot
  • Water
  • Empty soap dispensers
  • Essential oil (optional)
  • Soap coloring (optional)
Difficulty: Easy

Getting started:
  1. Grate a bar of soap.
  2. If you have a four ounce bar of soap, then you'll need to boil four cups of water. Just use one cup of water for every ounce of soap.
  3. Turn off the heat, and add the soap. Stir to melt the soap. Continue stirring until the mixture is fully combined. At this point the mixture will be very liquidy.
  4. Let mixture cool for at least 15 minutes. Stir again. The soap should be slightly thicker. Let cool for another several hours or overnight.
  5. Stir to check the consistency. If it seems too liquidy, reheat and add more soap. If it seems too thick reheat and add more water.*
  6. If desired, add a few drops of essential oil and coloring.
  7. Pour soap into dispensers* and enjoy!
*Note: For a super-smooth consistency, run the finished soap through a blender before pouring into dispensers.


Woody said...

This is a good idea! I can't wait til you show us how to make foaming soap, haha :)

RetroFlirt said...

Thanks! LOL I did think about foaming soap too!