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.

Dispenser

Materials Needed:

  • Glass jar
  • Spray paint
  • Pump from an old dispenser
  • Drill

Directions:

  1. Drill a hole in your lid big enough to fit the bottom of the pump through.
  2. Spray paint lid and let dry.
  3. Place the pump through the hole of your lid. If desired, add a bit of glue to secure it in place.
  4. Fill jar with soap and screw on lid.
  5. Feel proud of your craftiness and frugality whenever you wash your hands!

Liquid Soap

Materials Needed:

  • 1 cup water per ounce of soap
  • Bar soap (I used Ivory and it worked great)

Directions:

  1. Start by boiling your water.
  2. Grate your bar of soap or cut it into small pieces.
  3. Remove water from heat and add pieces of soap.
  4. Stir until completely dissolved.
  5. The mixture will still be very liquidy but will thicken as it cools over the next few hours.
  6. If it is too runny or thick, reheat and add more water or soap as needed to get the right consistency.
  7. For a super-smooth consistency, run the finished soap though a blender before pouring into dispensers.

DIY Liquid Soap and Mason Jar Dispenser