Yesterday I decided to venture into making liquid soap from semi-scratch. Resa had a few bars of soap that she loves however we could never find it in liquid form since it came from a recent hotel stay.
My mom told me how she melted down soap so I decided to give it a try. We may never have to buy liquid soap again.
I bought a gallon of purified water to use. Next I grated the bars of soap. She had enough where I ended up with 2 cups (we do tend to stay a lot at La Quinta).
Now since the stove and I are not the best of friends I used the microwave. Heat to boiling. Once hot add the grated soap and whisk until melted.
After it was completely melted I added 2 tablespoons liquid glycerin and 1 tablespoon coconut oil as well as one tablespoon grapeseed oil (I love the way grapeseed oil leaves your skin feeling).
Next comes the hard part – you have to wait. The one mistake I made yesterday is that while still warm I poured into a gallon container. Unfortunately I should have listened to Mom and used more water. I just thought 6 to 8 cups of water was way too much.
This morning the soap is extremely thick so now I have to decide if I want to try and thin it out now or just leave it.
Next time I know to use 8 cups of water, if not 10.
For families wanting to be frugal (or have a daughter like mine who loves using tons of soap) this is a very economical way to make liquid soap.
Even if you have to purchase a bar of soap the cost would be minimal – around $2 or so. The glycerin was inexpensive as well at Hobby Lobby. The bottle was right around $3 but from that one bottle you can get at least 10 gallons from it, if not more. The gallon of water was $1 but I also ended up with a jug to store the unused soap in – another plus.
Next Resa wants me to try making her bath bombs. My first attempt did not go so well. They were more like flat discs than round balls. But boy did they fizz. Maybe today’s attempt will go a little better