Making your own handsoap SAVES YOU MONEY. It’s EASY and doesn’t take a whole lot of time or ingredients. Here’s what I’m working on today:
*Guitargal’s note: I used one bar of gold Dial soap. After the overnight cooling, I reheated and added about 1/2 cup more water for a smoother consistency. I did not use essential oil or coloring.
Savings calculator: One 3.2 oz bar of soap + 4 1/2 cups of water yielded enough soap for at least 4 existing hand soap containers, about 30 oz total. Considering I got the two bars for .88 cents, one bar = .44 cents. .44 cents for 30 oz! I don’t think you can get even ONE bottle of handsoap for less than a dollar! My local Kroger has a 7.5 oz bottle on sale for $1.00 each. I plan to buy soap bars in bulk to save even further!
- Grate or finely chop a bar of soap (about four ounces of soap).
- Bring four cups of water to a boil.
- Turn off the heat, and add the soap. Stir to melt the soap. Continue stirring until the mixture is fully combined. At this point the mixture will be very liquidy.
- Allow the mixture to cool for at least 15 minutes. Then, stir again. At this point, the soap should be slightly thicker.
- Allow to cool for another several hours or overnight.
- Stir to check the consistency. If it seems too liquidy, reheat and add more soap. If it seems too thick; reheat and add more water.
- Once you’re satisfied with your soap, add a few drops of essential oil and coloring, if desired.
- Then, pour your soap into dispensers, and enjoy.
- Want to make a bigger or smaller batch? Just use one cup of water for every ounce of soap.
- This recipe stores well. Make up a big batch, a few times a year.
- Results will vary depending on the type of soap used. Tweak the recipe until it meets your needs.
- For a super-smooth consistency, run the finished soap through a blender before pouring into dispensers.
What You Need
- A bar of soap
- A knife or grater
- A sauce pan or pot
- Essential oil (optional)
- Soap coloring (optional)
- Empty soap dispensers
See how easy it is?! Now go do it!