If you've been following this blog for awhile, you probably already know that about me.
But sometimes life simply calls for a little liquid soap, and buying natural vegetable oil-based liquid soaps can become quite expensive.
That's fine though, because again, I can always make my own!
- Castile bar soap (or other vegetable-based soap)
- distilled water
- a measuring scale
- a grater
- a sterile container large enough to hold your liquid soap
1. Weigh how much soap you're using, then measure out 10 times that weight in distilled water. For example, if you're trying to transform one 6-ounce bar soap into liquid soap, measure out 60 oz. of water.
2. Grate the bar soap(s) you're using into fine pieces.
3. Heat the water you've measured out to a boil.
4. After the water comes to a boil, take it off the heat, then carefully place your grated soap into the water.
|The green bits you see floating around|
here are left over pieces of bar soap I
decided to repurpose into liquid soap.
Nothing goes to waste!
6. After your mixture has completely cooled, transfer it into another sterile container that you can close and keep it in a cool place.
There are countless ways to use this kind of liquid soap! I personally use it as foaming hand soap by transferring it into my foaming soap dispenser whenever I run out. I use it as an all-purpose cleaner, as it is natural enough that I don't worry about using it to clean the kitchen, and it is mild enough that I don't worry about it ruining more delicate fixtures around the house.
Use it as a shampoo, or face and body wash! All this is is vegetable oil-based soap in liquid form. It is natural and gentle on the hair and skin. My hair has actually never looked better after using this as a shampoo and following up with a vinegar conditioner rinse, and my skin feels completely clean after a shower with no residue or dryness.
Depending on the kind of bar soap you use, you may notice that the mixture becomes somewhat gel-like after awhile. Don't worry though, simply add a little more hot water to the mix and it will help liquify it even more. If you prefer it to be more like jelly, just be careful when you're pouring it out of the container because it can easily become a goopy mess, so remember to use a funnel when transferring it!
This is a MUCH more economical way of obtaining natural liquid soap than going out to buy a bottle. I'm not kidding when I say one bar of soap can yield a nice big bucket of liquid soap that will last you ages (come on, at least 60 oz. worth from one bar of soap!).
You can also jazz it up a little by adding your favorite essential oils. I add different oils depending on what I'm using the soap for — a little tea tree oil for all-purpose cleaners, chamomile for body soap and tuberose for hand soap.