Friday, March 29, 2013

Homemade Liquid Hand Soap

Ive been making my own hand soap and, wowser, every time I make it I am impressed! The scent is great and the texture is just like a namebrand softsoap.
It's so much more economical than buying in the stores.  
Homemade Soft Soap,  Homemade Liquid Soap 
Best of all it's easy!

1 bar of your favorite hand soap
Boiling water
1 Tbsp Glycerin (purchase at health food stores or online)
1 Tbsp Honey

Grate your bar of soap or throw it in your food processor (makes it much easier!) 
Add 1 cup of boiling water and whip till mixture is thick.  Let mixture cool for 15 minutes and add glycerin and honey.  You can also add some moisturizer if you like especially during the cold winter months.  

Add water up to 6 cups and whir in food processor, adding water bit by bit until desired consistency.
Running your soap through the food processor (or better quality blender)  really makes your soap thicken up and not a watery mess.

Before pouring into container let sit overnight since it will thicken. If you store it in a plastic container the soap taste and smell will be absorbed so it's best to store in glass or metal.  If you put it in too early it will be too thick to run through the pump.  Add enough water and whir in food processor again if neccesary.

 I was very pleased with the results and will use this recipe time and time again!

Here's the cost breakdown. For my last batch of handsoap each bar of soap cost .45 cents and the glycerin cost $4.50ish.  (If you use a more expensive soap it will cost more)  I've used about 1/16th of the bottle of glycerin so I can safely say that each batch of soap makes about 4 bottles of hand soap and costs approximately 70 cents.  If I were to buy the generic hand soap it would cost approximately 4 dollars for the amount I made.   One bottle of soap in the store runs approximately 90 cents to a dollar so it's quite a great savings!

Since this has honey in it (and possible moisturizer)  I wouldn't use this on your glasses.  :)  Ask me how I know!  After running this through my food processor the plastic absorbed some of the smell of the soap.  I ran some baking powder mixed with vinegar in my processor and it remedied it.  I'm going to be on the lookout for a cheapy food processor at the food processor for when I grate soap with it.

My inspiration for making this hand soap came from this video.

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  1. extremely inspiring and impressive! I made homemade laundry soap and it smelled so good! This would be great and no added chemicals! and so cheap!

  2. I might just have to try this too! I need to tell my mom about this as well.....she might want to try it. I bet it smells really good...:)

    Blessings, Vicky
    Life On Willie Mae Lane

    1. Whatever soap you use is what it smells like. I didn't like the one I got last time but am going to stick it out. Next time I'm going to get the generic Olay bar for a great smell like I did previously.

  3. You always have such great ideas!

    Thanks so much for joining in this week!


    1. But I wish I had the creativity so they were truly mine! Love Pinterest and gleaning wonderful ideas from other blogs!

  4. Very interesting! Happy Easter! Visiting from MHC.

    1. Thank you Diane! I wish you a wonderful Easter Holiday!

  5. Great idea! Happy Easter to you.

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  6. That sounds awesome - maybe I need to get into the homemade soap business - so many gals are now making such great products. A friend gave me a sweet little pot of her homemade body lotion on Friday - it's sooooo good!

    Happy Easter Day - Mary

    1. I've never tried my hand at bonafide soap making but I'm sure the results are wonderful~!