One of my favorite bar soaps is a goats milk soap I get from a local store. When they get down to a sliver, instead of throwing them away I’ve been saving in a zip bag. There are also a few Ivory soap bar slivers in the bag as well. Now I’m making a very easy and frugal liquid hand soap. You don’t have to wait until you have a bag of soap slivers saved up, you can buy your favorite bar soap to shred to make the liquid soap. Castile is one of the more popular soaps to use, however Dove is one of the few bar soaps that doesn’t really work well with this recipe.
The basic recipe I’m using is 8 ounces of bar soap to 1 gallon of water. I made mine today with 4 ounces of shredded bar soap and 2 quarts of water. There are lots of recipes out there and the amounts are generally the same.
The instructions are simple. Bring your water to a boil. Shred your soap, remove water from heat and add soap. Stir until all the soap is melted. Let cool 12-24 hours. Once the soap is all melted in the water you can add lotion, vitamin E, coconut oil, essential oil…what ever you like. I added a tbsp. of coconut oil. I like to wait until the soap mixture is cooled some before adding anything like that because I want to preserve all as much of the health benefits of the ingredients as I can. Some people also like to add glycerine to the mixture (2 tbsp. per gallon.) That’s up to you, it works just fine without it. Once the soap is completely cooled it should gel. Just mix it with a whisk or use a blender to loosen it up enough to pour. Pour into your waiting recycled pump dispensers and the soap is ready to use. Use a pretty soap dispenser and homemade label and you have a great gift!
1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.