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 – a 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!