What I loved about the first one was:
- It made over a gallon of hand soap
- It was free from hazardous crap like triclosan (in antibacterial soap; read more about it from the FDA, wikipedia, beyond pesticides, EPA, but essentially it can bioaccumulate, it's a hormone disruptor, and it isn't proven to be better than regular soap)
- It was cheap
- It kind of felt like snot
- It didn't get sudsy enough for our tastes
- My husband hated it
So I fixed all that! This recipe still makes cheap, healthy handsoap, but doesn't feel like snot and gets plenty sudsy. My husband had no idea it was homemade.
I picked up this yummy little soap at Homegoods for $3. I simply went through them all and picked the one with the best scent that didn't have nasty chemicals in it.
- 1.5 c grated soap
- 2 T vegetable glycerin
- 8 c water
- It's the ratio that's important here. If you grate your soap and get 3 cups, just double everything!
- Grate the bar soap using one of the finest grating on your cheese grater
- Add all ingredients to a large kitchen pot (it's OK to use a good one - it's just soap!)
- Heat and stir until the soap is dissolved (I like to use a whisk)
- Let cool completely to room temperature, so you know for sure you're not ending up with a brick of soap sponge (like the first time I ever tried this)
- Fill up your containers!
The only bummer about using more soap in the recipe is that now it doesn't make as much. Still, 2/3 of a gallon of hand soap for $3 is pretty darn good! It also made less than the first time because the bar of soap was a good bit smaller.
- If it turns into a spongey mess once it cools, just heat it back up and add more water
- If it's too liquidy, first make sure it actually cooled all the way, then add more soap, reheat, etc.
- I got my Glycerin at Whole Foods, but my readers say it's also available in pharmacies. I paid about $6, but haven't even used half of it yet.
- Avoid using soap with "stuff" in it, like tea leaves or exfoliating beads - they clog up your soap dispensers.