Here’s the question: soap or liquid soap?
There seems to be two camps when it comes to washing your hands (or bodies)… and of course our family is divided.
Personally, I love scented bars of soap and even have my favourite locally made soap, but realistically…. liquid soap is now the most convenient and hygienic way to provide soap for multiple users.
When I discovered a recipe for homemade liquid handwash I knew that I had solved the dilemma for our family.
I could use my favourite locally made oatmeal soap with its subtle lavender scent and make it into a liquid soap that would appease the rest of the family.
Not only is liquid soap super easy to make… it is an incredibly cheap option too.
Can you believe one bar of soap makes 2.5 litres of liquid soap?
How to make homemade liquid handwash
1 cup of grated bar soap,
10 cups of water,
1 Tablespoon of Glycerine.
1. Use a kitchen grater to grate your favourite bar of soap. I found that soap is really easy to grate and one bar of soap will yield approximately 1 to 1.5 cups of soap flakes.
2. In a large saucepan, combine water, soap flakes and gycerine and stir over a medium heat until all flakes have dissolved. This takes about 3 – 5 minutes.
3. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool. It will thicken in consistency as it cools and I find it helpful to stir occasionally during this process.
4. Fill pump bottles with liquid soap.
Tip: I use an empty 2 litre milk carton to store my remaining liquid soap.
The soap I like costs $2 per bar, which makes 2.5 litres of liquid soap.
That amounts to 20 cents per bottle refill… which is great value!
My lavender oatmeal soap is my favourite, but I’ve tried several other soap varieties…. all with very satisfying results.
I love that this is yet another way I can provide homemade options for my family, while keeping control of the chemicals we use. Plus there’s the added bonus of saving money too!
If you try this recipe, I’d love to hear what you think of it.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne
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