How to Make Your Own Liquid Hand Soap Refill Solution
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Why Should I Make My Own Liquid Hand Soap?
With all of the hand washing happening right now, we are using so much liquid hand soap!
Now, I know that liquid hand soap isn’t THAT expensive. However, I don’t like to spend more money than I have to on anything, even if it is a $1 bottle of soap.
Also, I like to use refillable soap dispensers to reduce our use of plastic.
How Can I Make My Own Liquid Hand Soap?
Of all the many “recipes” out there (and there are MANY), they all have one thing in common: you have to grate a bar of soap.
I don’t know about you, but graters are not my friend. I always manage to cut myself. My husband finally bought me a cut resistant glove to use! It’s like chain mail for your hand. I feel knightly. There should be more stories about female knights….. Sorry, I got distracted.
General Recipes for DIY Liquid Hand Soap Include the Following Steps:
- Grate Bar of Soap.
- Boil water.
- Dissolve Grated Soap in Boiling Water. *You can get all fancy and add essential oils and herbs. This Mama is too impatient for all of that!
- Let Sit and Cool.
- The Newly Formed Gel-like Solution Can Now Be Used As Liquid Soap Refill.
*If you haven’t seen recipes for how to make your own liquid hand soap, you can find a great one Here from OriginalHomesteading.com.
What Elsa Can I Do With a Bar of Soap (besides the obvious)?
Yes, I meant to say Elsa…you’ll see why if you keep reading 🙂
Have you ever tried the Ivory Soap Experiment?
The first time I did this experiment was about 7 years ago. My Goose loved it! The movie Frozen hadn’t been out long and like all little girls, she was obsessed with all things Frozen.
I don’t want to ruin the surprise, but the soap fills with air and puffs up. It can then be crumbled easily into tiny bits. It is a lot of fun and makes your microwave smell clean. *See how Angela does it here at Teachingmama.org.
Guess what, Frozen fans? The microwaved Ivory soap makes the perfect fake “snow.” My Goose loved playing with this stuff. *Helpful Warning: the little particles can get up your nose and make you sneeze.
If I do the Ivory Soap Experiment, I have a bowl full of tiny soap particles. Even tinier than what I could get from grating the same bar of soap. (And a LOT less painful)
If I have tiny soap particles, I can make my own liquid hand soap refill soultion.
I say, let’s kill two birds with one bar of soap!
AHA! I can use my “snow” flakes to make my own liquid hand soap and save the skin on my fingers! (and a little money)
So, How Did I Make My Own Liquid Hand Soap?
- I microwaved a bar of Ivory soap for 2 minutes.
- Then, I crumbled it into tiny pieces (let it cool first!).
- Next, I used an empty liquid soap refill bottle and filled it with my soap flakes. I rolled a paper plate into a funnel to get the soap in the bottle easily.
- I then filled the bottle (slowly) with water, and let it sit. *Notice I did not boil any water!
- After it thickened up, I refilled all of my hand soap bottles!
There may some separation and some larger chunks that don’t dissolve.
I ended up with 80oz of liquid hand soap refill solution! From one bar of soap! No grating and no boiling involved!
You can do the math, but making your own liquid hand soap will save a lot of money.
Now it’s your turn to give it a shot! When you try it, let me know how it goes! Share this post with all your frugal friends and don’t forget to pin it so you won’t forget it later!