How much do you spend on hand soap each year? Two or three bathrooms plus a kitchen sink can add up to quite a bit. This recipe makes a gallon of hand soap. I made it over six months ago and still have almost a quarter of it left. And yes, we DO wash our hands. Quite often in fact so this has really been a cost savings!
The first try at this was a flop because I used a bar from the Body Shop that is clear “glycerin” soap and the mixture was awful. A solid bar like Dove or your favorite scent is what you need for this recipe.
DIY Hand Soap
1 large pot (at least 5 quarts)
1 wooden spoon (preferably only used for soap making to avoid food residue)
hand soap container
1 gallon of distilled water (save the bottle, you need to store you finished product in it!)
2 TBSP liquid glycerin (I found it at WalMart near the bandaids)
8 oz. bar of soap
Essential oil, optional
I am going to point you to Farmer’s Nest blog post about this because she did an amazing job of explaining this process step-by-step, with pictures too! It kind of feels like cheating, I know, but I see no reason to reinvent the wheel. But before you go, here are a few things I learned about the process.
Yes, you really have to let it sit overnight.
The soap does not lather like you’d expect regular hand soap. The cleaning properties are there, the lathering agents are not.
The consistency could take some getting used to. It’s a little runny. But DON’T let this discourage you. Please, try it. I don’t even notice it anymore.
I’ll reiterate, use a solid bar of soap.
Come back and tell me how it goes!!
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