It’s hard to imagine a time when we used bar soaps for washing hands, today liquid soap is more convenient to use and is preferred by many because of the perception that it’s more sanitary (no sharing grime-filmed bars). The price comparison between the two (bar vs liquid) is outrageous, especially if you stock up on generic bars when they’re on sale.
Here’s a way you can take advantage of those cost savings yet still enjoy the convenience of the liquid form, make your own! You just need a few simple ingredients that don’t break the budget, and it’s so easy to make too!
The benefits of homemade vs. store bought is the obvious cost savings, but you can also customize fragrance (by adding essential oils or herb-infused water) and if
Here’s how to make it…
1 bar soap (6 oz)
1 TBS honey
1 tsp glycerin
- Grate bar into small flakes, toss in blender.
- Add 1 cup boiling water and whip.
- Add 1/2 cup room temperature water and stir in blender.
- Add honey and glycerin, stir.
- Allow mix to cool (15 minutes) then whip again.
- Mixture should be 2 cups at this point. Top with cool water until mixture measures between 5 and 6 cups, whip.
- Pour into containers and allow to cool (do not put lids or caps on yet).
- After an hour, close containers. Mixture will thicken up.
- Shake before using as needed.
Source: Adapted from Pearls of Country Wisdom by Debora S. Tukua
Another homemade version:
Save bits of leftover bars (or grate one) then toss in a glass mason jar and top with boiling water (about double the amount of soap bits). Stir then seal with lid. Shake jar a few times while the water is cooling to get rid of any clumps. Once the mixture has cooled, stir well and add a few drops of essential oil if you wish to have a scented version.
To use: Pour mix into bottle then top with water as needed to get the right consistency (shake well). If for some reason the mixture is too thin, simply melt a bit of grated soap in a little hot water then add to first mixture to thicken.