How to Make Liquid Soap in a Few Easy Steps
When we say soap making, we usually just think of handmade natural soaps – bar type, put in molds, wait a couple of hours to set and harden, etc. But did you know that liquid soap is included in that category as well?
Usually overlooked because of its porous quality, liquid soap is very useful and handy in a practical kitchen and bathroom. It can be used to readily clean surfaces and can be helpful for even the biggest food spills you kitchen may ever remember. For cleanliness freaks and obsessive compulsives, this also becomes very useful, as soap is just a pump away in eliminating dirt, germs and grime.
Contrary to popular belief, liquid hand soaps are not hard to do. In fact, it is one possibly the simplest soap you may ever do as we usually just recycle old soaps to be grated and melted – all for the love of liquid soaps.
Here are some easy to follow steps to make your very own homemade liquid hand soap:
Grate a bar of soap.
Pour 1 cup of boiling water in a blender and put in the grated soap.
Put the blender setting on whip. Whip to mix into a paste.
Add a tablespoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of glycerin and stir.
Let the mixture cool for at least 15 minutes. Whip again.
Add cold water to the mixture until you have 6 cups of the soap mixture.
Pour into a plastic storage container to let it stand and cool. Do not place a lid on the container.
Put some of the soap in refillable pumps. Ready to use.
If you’re into antibacterials, then you may want to try this simple but again very effective liquid hand soap. One of the essential oils we will be using is tea tree, which is widely known for its antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic properties:
Add 10 drops of essential tea tree oil and 20 drops of essential lavender oil to 3 to 5 ounces of liquid Castille soap.
Pour mix into a refillable pump container. There may be times that the essential oils will rise to the surface. The simplest solution is to just shake it.
We also have a liquid hand soap recipe for recycled slivers of soap. While collecting soap slivers, make sure that the sliver is completely dry before storing. This is to make sure that mold or mildew does not grow inside your soap storage container. You have the option to put a sliver into a pump dispenser, add water and let nature take its course by letting the soap melt – which can take some time. Or, instead of waiting for ages, you can do the following instead:
Put slivers in blender. Pour a little water, and blend on medium for about 20 seconds.
Add a little of the water at a time. This is so that you don’t dilute the soap too much. Blend again for 20 seconds.
Repeat the process until you achieve your desired soap consistency.
Pour in a clean refillable pump container, and it’s ready to use.
Liquid hand soap takes little of your time, is inexpensive and it isn’t hard to do. It’s also fun; with so little effort given, how many batches can you make? Possibly a lot.