Saturday, August 2, 2008

Liquid Hand Soap

If you are using the standard large size soap bar, then this recipe will work fine. However if you use smaller soaps or a specialty one, you may have to add more or less water depending on the consistency you get when it is cooled. One bar of soap makes us around 10 cups of liquid soap and that only costs 30 cents!
  • 1 bar soap (whatever soap you prefer, I use anti-bacterial)
  • 10 cups water
  • Shredder
  • Pan
  • Stirring spoon
Pour your water into the pan on the stove and turn to heat to medium high. While the water is heating, shred your bar of soap. (you should get a cup of shredded soap)Then add your soap to the water and heat till all the soap is dissolved, stirring occasionally. (Don't allow it to boil)

Remove from heat and let cool. Pour into storage container or individual hand pumps. Once cool and set, it should be a thin gel, like the store-bought, if not you have used too much water and/or not enough soap. It will clean your hands nevertheless, even if you made it too runny......keep trying and you will get it right eventually.

** You can also make face soap using this recipe by using a facial soap bar (Dove, Olay, etc). You could also add essential oils for a scented version or even add some moisturizers if you want.

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17 comments:

Candy said...

Dear Bev
I enjoy learning about your homemade products!

Candy

LindaG said...

Thanks for adding this Bev. I tried making liquid hand soap last week but the measurements weren't right with the water. I shall try again with this recipe. Thanks again!

Christian Homekeeper said...

Thanks Candy and LindaG!

LindaG..I had gotten the recipe wrong and realized it once I finished my video tutorial, so I had to fix it, sorry about that! Also some bar soaps are larger (or smaller) than others, and some are more concentrated too, so it is a trial and error process with the amount of water you would use.

Bev

Linda said...

Hi, Bev. I'll have to try this one too. I do appreciate you putting these recipes on your blog. I have enjoyed them.
Sincerely,
Linda

Christian Homekeeper said...

Your welcome and thanks for the comment Linda! :)

Bev

Ticia said...

I accidentally did mine with 3 cups of water! It is seriously thick! I think I am going to try and reheat it and add more water. Mine feels like snot!

Christian Homekeeper said...

Yep, I've done that through the trial and error process! Just add 7 more cups of water and heat over the stove till its all a liquid again and then cool and it should be a gel that will not solidify.

Bev

Anonymous said...

LOVE the recipies for home made cleaning products. I just made my first batch of laundry detergent last week and am very happy with it. I got a strange sence of accomplishment when I finished it... who knew laundry detergent could do that for a person? :) I am experimenting with a dishwashing solution right now. You've got me hooked! Thanks!

Christian Homekeeper said...

Glad that you are liking the recipes Anonymous! :) I meant to do a video of this recipe, just haven't got around to it yet.

Bev

Anonymous said...

GREAT idea; I have my nearly empty huge bottle of hand soap, think I'll utilize that, and maybe some Rose oil!

Twocans

Christian Homekeeper said...

Thanks twocans, have fun! :)

Bev

Krystalaust said...

i made the handsoap tonight and it was like soap water. i use dial with aloe but it was a glyercin not sure it that matters. i heated it up again and added another bar. its cooling right now so i will have to wait and see. any suggestions?

i made your laundry soap recipe and it came out perfect. i'll never buy store bought again.

Christian Homekeeper said...

Hey Krystaluast, I got another person that tried a soap with glycerin and they didn't have good results from what I remember. Did you let it cool for about 8 hours? I use Safeguard soap and in the video I was making soap for a friend and used Dial and it turned out great.

Thank you for the comment and glad that the laundry detergent is working great for you! ;)

Bev

Krystalaust said...

I didn't let it cool 8 hours. probably only 3 hours then i added more soap and after letting it cool for 3 or 4 hours it looks too thick so i added 10 cups of water and let it sit overnight the first layer is really thick from where the bubbles were stirring didn't really help anything i think i need to throw this batch out and start again. lol It looks like blue goo.

My husband really likes the homade laundry soap i use Zote cause thats all they had where i live but it works perfectly. thanks agin.

Christian Homekeeper said...

8 hours is just a good estimate of how long it takes it to 'completely' cool. You can still use it - I always get a goo at first and then I stir with my whisk and spoon really good and its liquid and I then pour into the bottle and shake it really good.

So great the laundry soap is working good for you all! I need to try the Zote - I haven't tried it yet.

You can always try adding more water to the goo instead of throwing it out, eventually it HAS to get to a liquidy state I would imagine. That is how I came up with the recipe, I started at 3 cups of water to a bar and kept adding more and finally found that 10 cups made it the consistency I wanted.

Bev

Anonymous said...

Hello,
I want to add some oil to it to make it smell better. Plus, lemon is a natural disinfectant. Do I add the oil into the big batch after it cools or just add it by drops into my hand dispenser as needed?

Christian Homekeeper said...

I would add the oil after it cools.

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