For many years I made our own liquid hand soap from just a few simple ingredients. I’m not as diligent with it as I once was, but I still enjoy how quick and easy this recipe is.
These are the ingredients I use:
Glycerin (tall bottle–I only use this if I’m using homemade soap…more on this later)
Essential oil (small bottle–I prefer peppermint or tea tree)
Bar of Soap (purple bar–this is homemade castille)
A little bit about each ingredient and how you can change it up a bit:
I purchased the glycerin from Hobby Lobby for under $4 and it lasts me at least a year. I only use this when I am making soap with homemade castille soap. Otherwise, you will end up with a very thick product that will not pump very well.
The essential oil I prefer to use is peppermint oil and/or tea tree, but this is really up to you and what fragrances or healing properties you like. I purchase my essential oils from a local Frontier coop.
The soap shown here is a castille soap our family made during a soap-making party. You can use any soap, but I recommend something natural like Fels Naptha, castille, or even Ivory. (although, this is a great way to use up all those old hotel soaps you’ve accumulated over the years!)
Now, you need to grate your soap:
Put 1 cup of soap flakes in a pot.
You can choose to only grate 1 cup of soap at a time or you can grate the entire bar and save the rest for your next batch (that’s what I do).
Cover the soap with 4 cups of water. Add 1 Tbsp of glycerin and about 5 drops of essential oil. Warm the pot on the stove until the soap flakes melt, stirring regularly.
And you’re finished!
From here, all I do is fill all my old soap dispensers with the warm soap (a funnel comes in quite handy here!)
You may need to experiment with the glycerin amounts depending on the bar soap you use (a castille will possibly need more, a regular bar of soap may not need any at all!)
Try it out and come back and let me know how it turned out!