By Erin Huffstetler, About.com Guide
Learn how to make your own liquid soap, and you'll wonder why you ever paid for it:
Time Required: 10 minutes of hands-on time
- Grate or finely chop a bar of soap (about four ounces of soap).
- Bring four cups of water to a boil.
- Turn off the heat, and add the soap. Stir to melt the soap. Continue stirring until the mixture is fully combined. At this point the mixture will be very liquidy.
- Allow the mixture to cool for at least 15 minutes. Then, stir again. At this point, the soap should be slightly thicker.
- Allow to cool for another several hours or overnight.
- Stir to check the consistency. If it seems too liquidy, reheat and add more soap. If it seems too thick; reheat and add more water.
- Once you're satisfied with your soap, add a few drops of essential oil and coloring, if desired.
- Then, pour your soap into dispensers, and enjoy.
- Want to make a bigger or smaller batch? Just use one cup of water for every ounce of soap.
- This recipe stores well. Make up a big batch, a few times a year.
- Results will vary depending on the type of soap used. Tweak the recipe until it meets your needs.
- For a super-smooth consistency, run the finished soap through a blender before pouring into dispensers.
What You Need
- A bar of soap
- A knife or grater
- A sauce pan or pot
- Essential oil (optional)
- Soap coloring (optional)
- Empty soap dispensers