I recently found the simplest recipe for liquid soap. It seemed too easy—nothing but boiling water and a grated bar of soap. Could it be this simple? I just had to try it. To my surprise and delight it worked! And what a savings—liquid soap runs about $1 for 8 ounces, while this version made with bars of ivory soap is only 14 cents for 8 ounces! It’s so easy to make and stores well, too. You can make up a giant batch and have lots on hand. And while you’re in a soapy mood, why not make your own dispenser as well? All you need is a glass jar and the pump from an old dispenser.
- Glass jar
- Spray paint
- Pump from an old dispenser
- Drill a hole in your lid big enough to fit the bottom of the pump through.
- Spray paint lid and let dry.
- Place the pump through the hole of your lid. If desired, add a bit of glue to secure it in place.
- Fill jar with soap and screw on lid.
- Feel proud of your craftiness and frugality whenever you wash your hands!
- 1 cup water per ounce of soap
- Bar soap (I used Ivory and it worked great)
- Start by boiling your water.
- Grate your bar of soap or cut it into small pieces.
- Remove water from heat and add pieces of soap.
- Stir until completely dissolved.
- The mixture will still be very liquidy but will thicken as it cools over the next few hours.
- If it is too runny or thick, reheat and add more water or soap as needed to get the right consistency.
- For a super-smooth consistency, run the finished soap though a blender before pouring into dispensers.