Over the last few years, I’ve been trying to eliminate chemicals from the products that my family uses. This is no easy task, and quite frankly I haven’t been able to find a replacement for all things yet.
I’m happy with many of the changes that I have made for my family thus far and look forward to sharing some of these ways with all of my readers.
One of the easiest products to change over has been our liquid hand soap. Not only does this recipe leave out nasty chemicals, but it is cheaper than buying the store-bought counterpart.
A couple members of my family have VERY dry skin, and using this hand soap has greatly improved their skin. That makes my mom/wife heart happy knowing that by switching just this one product has made a difference in their health.
This recipe is incredibly simple to make and takes very little hands-on time. You can use Mrs. Meyers Bar Soap (any scent you choose is fine) or a cheaper brand such as Ivory soap. If I use Ivory soap, I like to add in some essential oils to give it a nice scent.
In the fall and winter I like to use peppermint and in the spring and summer, I like to use a combination of grapefruit and lemon essential oils. They make the soaps smell fantastic!
Here’s how to make the soap:
Start by bringing 1 gallon (16 cups) of water to a full rolling boil. Make sure you use a very large stock pot so you can easily stir the water without spilling it over the side.
While the water is coming to a boil, grate your soap onto a cutting board or plate. I bought a cheap cheese grater at the dollar that I use only for soap grating.
Once the water has come to a boil, add the soap, turn off the heat and start stirring immediately.
Continue stirring until all the soap has melted and dissolved into the water.
Remove the pot from the burner completely and let it sit. Stir the soap every 10-15 minutes for the next hour.
Let the soap cool completely. It will start to become more gelatinous. If you’d like to add essential oils, this is the time to add them.
Divide the soap into containers. I have found that using a kitchen funnel makes this much easier.
Liquid Hand Soap
- (1) bar of soap, any brand of your choosing
- grater - I just grabbed one from the dollar store
- a large pot that can hold more than 1 gallon of water
- 1 gallon of water
- containers to hold the soap once it is made - I have 4 pump containers and a pitcher to hold the rest
- essential oils, optional
- kitchen funnel, optional
- Bring 1 gallon (16 cups) of water to a full rolling boil.
- While the water is coming to a boil, grate your soap onto a cutting board or plate.
- Once the water has come to a boil, add the soap, turn off the heat and start stirring immediately.
- Continue stirring until all the soap has melted and dissolved into the water.
- Remove from the burner completely and let it sit. Stir the soap every 10-15 minutes for the next hour.
- Let the soap cool completely. It will start to become more gelatinous. If you'd like to add essential oils, this is the time to add them.
- Divide the soap into containers. I have found that using a kitchen funnel makes this much easier.
Anamika kumari says
Really very helpful article post..
Nadagam Recipes says
Very Nice Post Keep It Up
Jamie Saylor says
How could this be used in a foam pump dispenser? Just add water?
I honestly don't know. My best guess would be to add water.
I’m going to have to try this!
Elsie Heide says
Would it work to use my own homemade soap? I make my own goat milk soap.
I have never tried it with goat’s milk soap. As long as you can get it to melt down, then I think it will work.
Thanks for sharing!! Love your posts