Soap Making Basics: How To Make Liquid Hand Soap

Liquid hand soap is easy to make right at home. It can save you money and give you a fun craft to do yourself!

If you're looking for a way to save money and kill a little spare time, making liquid hand soap is for you! It's easy and only takes a few simple ingredients. Below are several recipes for you to try at home.

Recipe #1:

1. Grate one bar of soap. (Use your favorite brand of soap or scraps you have around the house.

2. Pour 1 cup of boiling water into a blender with the grated soap and set it on "whip."

3. Add 1 tablespoon of glycerin and 1 tablespoon honey and stir.

4. Let the mixture cool for 15 or 20 minutes and then "whip" it again.

5. Add cold water until the mixture measures 6 cups total.

6. Whip the mixture again.

7. Pour the mixture into a storage container without the lid and let it cool.

8. Fill a pump dispenser with your soap. Be sure to shake well before using.

Recipe #2:

You'll need:

* 1 bar grated Ivory soap (or any other white scented oil free soap)

* 1 cup washing soda (not baking soda)

* 1 saucepan

* 1 bucket

1. Put the grated soap in your saucepan and add enough water to just cover the soap.



2. Melt on medium heat until all the soap has dissolved.

3. Be sure to stir it constantly and do not let it boil.

4. Pour three gallons of hot water into your bucket, then add the soapy water from the saucepan.

5. While stirring the mixture in the bucket, slowly add the washing soda.

6. Stir until everything is dissolved and then let cool.

7. Put your soap into a dispenser pump. Shake well before using.

Recipe #3:

1 tablespoon of an herb of your choice (see bottom of recipe)

1 tablespoon Yucca root

3.5 ounces distilled water

1. Boil your water and infuse your herbs for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain the herbs and set the liquid aside.

Add 2 tablespoons of vegetable glycerin to the herbal infusion.

2. Grate one plain, non-scented shampoo bar (3.5 ounces) and put it into a saucepan. Add 14 ounces of water. Bring the water and shampoo to a boil and then reduce heat until all the gratings are dissolved.

3. Add the liquid shampoo/water mixture to the herbal infusion.

4. Optional: Add 15 drops of your favorite scented oil.

5. Let cool and store in a dispenser pump.

Note: Herbs to experiment with-

Lavender is good for balancing oily skin, helps with acne and has a relaxing fragrance. Marigold and rose petals are good moisturizers for dry skin and also have relaxing fragrances. Nettle, Horsetail and Coltsfoot all contain amino acids, which nourish skin and hair. Peppermint and spearmint helps dry skin and has an invigorating scent that will wake you up. Patchouli is good for dry skin, specifically Eczema, and has a nice earthy scent. Finally, chamomile helps calm irritated skin and relaxes your nerves.

Safety Tips:

Always keep children and pets away from the soap making area so they don't get burned or choke on small pieces.

Never leave boiling soap or water unattended.

If you are adding an oil or scent to any soap, be sure to test a small amount on your skin to be sure you are not allergic to it.

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