One way that my family saves money is by making our own liquid soap from a bar. From 2 bars of Dr. Bronner’s soap (at about $5 each) you can make over a gallon of soap, which retails at $45 or more! It’s super easy and totally worth the time it takes to make it.
Homemade Liquid Soap
What you need:
- 2- 5oz bars of castile soap
- 1 gallon plus 4 cups distilled water (I have used tap water boiled on the stove and it seems to work fine)
- 2-3 T liquid glycerin
- Essential oils* optional (I purchase high quality essential oils at Mountain Rose Herbs)
What you do:
Shred the soap with a cheese grater or food processor with a grater attachment.
Combine soap shavings, glycerin and water in a pot and heat on the stove until the soap is all melted. It will look like soapy water.
Let the soap mixture sit overnight to set.
If the soap is too thick you can use a hand mixer and mix in some more water.
Now you can add essential oils if you like.
I use this soap as hand soap, body wash, and dish detergent (recipe to come soon!).
A few notes:
The soap will be sort of snot like. I haven’t found any way to make it less snotty. Does anyone have a good remedy for the snotty soap?
I have thought about mixing in a blend of oils that I use on my face. Has anyone tried this? I’ll let you know when I give it a try!
If you are using a different sized bar of soap, the ratio of soap to water is about 1 oz of soap to 16oz (2 cups) of water.
Have you ever made your own liquid soap? What is your favorite brand to use?