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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Homemade Liquid Soap

Pre de Provence Verbena Soap, 250g wrapped bar. Imported from France. With shea butter and natural herbs and scents.Every single birthday I have, and any other time people have occasion to give me gifts, people give me bath and body stuff. Creams and lotions, and bars and bars of soap.
Most people I know have little use for bar soap; the vast majority of people I've spoken to prefer to use liquid soap. Even before I stopped using shampoo and switching to all natural soaps, I never touched those bars of soaps I got as presents. They just sat in my drawers. Aging. Taking up room.

Fortunately, there's something you can do to take that bar soap and make it usable!

Make Liquid Soap

1.  Grate your bar soap into really small pieces. Put one grated bar into a large pot and fill the pot with water.

2. Bring the pot to a boil, mixing the soap until it all dissolves. This may take a while.

3. Once all the soap has dissolved, let the mixture cool down overnight.

4. In the morning, you'll notice that it has thickened considerably to become a pudding like texture. Move it to different containers, filling them half with the soap mixture and half with water and mix well.

5. This soap will have an interesting consistency. Not quite like liquid soap, it actually has a snot like consistency. You can use this soap for anything for which you'd use regular liquid soap, like in hand soap dispensers, to wash dishes, as body wash in the shower, or even in the washing machine to wash your dirty laundry.

Say goodbye to those bar soaps you don't like to use, and put them to use in your new liquid soap!

What type of soap do you prefer, liquid or bar soap? Do you also get gifts that are completely not your taste and things you don't use? What do people tend to buy you?

1 comment:

  1. When my kids started potty training we were going through liquid soap like it was going out of style and started using foaming soap dispensers to save money. Have you ever tried this homemade liquid soap in a foaming dispenser? That would be even cheaper, especially since my daughter and I need to use the expensive Cetaphil soap because of our sensitive skin.

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