19 hours ago
Thursday, December 11, 2008
I have a lot of liquid hand soap in my house because it's so easy for my boys to use. But I've been concerned about the harsh chemicals in these soaps, such as phlalates and parabens. I'd like to buy all-natural liquid hand soap, such as Burt Bee's, but $7 a bottle adds up when you want one in every bathroom.
So that's why I decided to try making my own liquid hand soap from a recipe I found in The Complete Soapmaker. All natural bar soaps are cheaper than liquid soaps. For example, a bar of Burt Bee's shower soap is $5. Plus the process seemed easy enough--gently heat all-natural grated bar soap with water until the soap dissolves in the water.
To make about 8 oz. of liquid hand soap, you will need 1 ounce of grated all-natural soap; 4 ounces of water, and additives if desired. I added about 3 ounces of aloe vera gel to mine.
Heat all the ingredients until you have a smooth consistency. It helps to break up the soap with wisk. Once all the ingredients are blended, check the consistency of the soap by taking a small cupful, such as a shot glass's worth, and cooling it in a ice bath. If the soap is too runny, add more soap; if it's too thick, add more water.
I found this part to be the trickiest because you don't know the liquid soap's true consistency until it is completely cool. When I first cooled the liquid, it seemed runny, so I added more soap. But after sitting around for a few hours, the soap thickened up more than I expected. Thankfully, it still pumps out of the bottle fine.
So my Thrifty Green Thursday tip is make save money and the environment by making your own liquid hand soap from all-natural bar soap. Click here for more tips.