Making hand soap from bar soap

January 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

These past few years I have been especially interested in learning how to do things myself. Part of that is wanting to live a more green life (I am going for a deep forest green, if possible), and part of it is for the love of the making. I am amazed at how easy it is to access do-it-yourself information in this day and age. Weeks ago I was scrolling through my Google Reader and came across this blog post on making liquid hand soap. So inspiring! I ordered some glycerin on amazon.

Yesterday J picked up the last piece of our soap-making project Рa beautiful bar of Mrs. Meyers soap. YES! During our nightly ritual of watching Star Trek (currently  we are on Voyager, Season 5), J and I sat and took turns grating the entire bar of soap.

We simmered the shavings along with some glycerin and a gallon of water.

That was it. We left it to cool overnight, and when we found it in the morning, it was a bit chunky on the top. After just a little tiny bit of water and a nice blending with the immersion blender, we proudly filled our one gallon jug with our new hand soap.

Super-doable, fun, cheaper than buying refills, and will create less plastic garbage. A win-win-win-win.  Definitely doing this again.  Try it and let me know how it goes for you!

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