Thursday, July 18, 2013

Homemade Liquid Soap

If you're like me, you have a liquid soap dispenser in every bathroom and on your kitchen sink.  During the summer I love to make easy crafts with A while she is on summer vacation.  I read recently that you can make your own liquid soap by melting down old soap bars, so today we thought we'd try it out.


We started out gathering up all the old hotel soaps we had gathered around the house.  We tried to only use soaps that had a mild fragrance.


We chopped up about six mini soaps to total one cup of pieces.


After chopping, we put the pieces into the food processor to grind it down to a coarse meal texture.


There was a lot of soap dust so make sure you don't inhale and choke.


We put it into a small saucepan over high heat and added 1 1/2 cups of hot water.


We were in one of those moods today where we didn't want to leave the house, so we used some room scent oils that we already had.  It would probably be better to use pure essential oils, but this doesn't seem to be too harsh.


It sort of resembled oatmeal as we waited for it to come to a boil.


We lowered the heat to a simmer, and after it had dissolved a bit, we added the oil, about half a bottle.  We did make something of a mess.  It took about 10 minutes for everything to dissolve, and I still had to strain a few large lumps out.


We recycled an empty from Bath and Body Works.


This mixture actually filled a bottle and a half, and it will thicken as it cools, so if it starts to congeal too much, add a bit more water.  We are very happy with the finished product after our first attempt.  It's actually very moisturizing and has a good consistency and scent.


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