I was inspired by this tutorial, found via Pinterest, to make my own liquid hand soap. The process is almost identical to making your own liquid laundry detergent, and I wanted to use up the million little hotel soaps we keep collecting.
- 2 Tblsp liquid glycerin
- 8 oz soap
- 1 gallon water
- Grate the soap into a 1 gallon+ sized pot, using a cheese grater or spice grater.
- Add 1 gallon of water to the soap shavings (that’s 16 cups).
- Add the liquid glycerin.
- Turn the heat to medium-high, stirring occasionally, until the soap dissolves.
- Turn off the heat and let it cool for 10-12 hours.
- If it’s hardened too much to pour into containers, use an electric mixer to blend it (adding a little bit of water at a time) until the consistency is correct.
- If it’s too runny/watery, head it up again and add more soap shavings (I’d aim for 1 oz), then let cool and harden again.
Voila! You’ve saved money, and helped the environment by not purchasing plastics or supporting a chemically-laden, water-wasting process of soap making. Plus, you can use this as liquid body wash…so you’re now a multi-tasker, too. Congrats!
I’m a coffee-fueled, hobby-addicted bibliophage who makes cruelty-free mineral eye shadows (inspired by novels). I’m usually in front of a screen (writing, reading, or gaming), but I’ve been known to emerge for geekery, good food, and dark chocolate.