After the birth of my son, I noticed that we go through gallons and gallons of hand soap each year because babies are composed of 90% germs and 10% pudding. With the rising cost of basic toiletries in general, I began dreading my trips to Target and how much I would have to fork over to maintain my hand washing addiction. Then I figured out how to make my own hand soap for a little over one dollar per gallon.
This is a terrible photo of what you will need:
- 2 bars of Dial antibacterial bar soap (Dollar Tree carries a two pack for $1)
- 16 cups of water
- 2 teaspoons liquid glycerin (found at most pharmacies for about $4 for 6 ounces)
- big pot
- immersion blender or handheld mixer
Start by grating 2 bars of soap into a big pot. Cover the two cups of soap shavings with 16 cups of water (128 ounces) and add 2 teaspoons of liquid glycerin to the mixture. Heat on medium while stirring continuously until the shavings melt completely.
Once the bubbles form a yin yang symbol, the soap has achieved a perfect balance and can be removed from the heat and left to cool overnight. Once cooled, it will be a gelatinous blob and you will assume my recipe is a piece of garbage. Grab your immersion blender or hand held mixer and whip the ever loving crap out of that soap. There, see I told you. Now pour it into an old plastic container and refill your soap dispensers as needed. You have just saved the Earth and your wallet some misery.