Saturday, March 2, 2013

How to make homemade hand soap

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
  • spoon
  • 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.


Becki's Whole Life said...

Sonya - you are too funny. This is perfect timing though because we are all out of hand soap and I was thinking how I hate spending money on certain things that shouldn't be as expensive as they hand soap! This would be fun to do with the girls....awesome. Gonna try this! I wonder if I could put this in one of the foaming dispensers with a little extra water and making it foam? Will try that.

Sonya said...

Fortunately for you, Becki, I happen to have a plastic container hoarding collection, including a foaming soap dispenser. I mixed up 1 tablespoon of soap with 2 tablespoons of water and it successfully foamed. I will warn you though, this mixture doesn't lather in the same way that store-bought hand soap does. The recipe I posted feels more watery than the store bought stuff. But it definitely gets your hands clean and leaves them smelling soapy fresh.