Sunday, June 8, 2014

DIY Liquid Hand Soap

One of my least favorite things to buy is hand soap. I can never seem to get it for a good price, so I normally buy the giant bottle from Bj's or Wal-Mart. It pains me to buy things at regular price, but buying in bulk is usually the second best option to good sales. When it was just Anthony & I, hand soap wasn't something I gave much thought to. We were both working and going to school, so we really weren't home much. A big bottle of hand soap could last us months. $5 every few months was not breaking the bank.

Now that I'm a stay at home mom of two kids, its another story. It seems like I always have a reason to wash my hands. I take my kids to the bathroom, change Enzo's diaper, clean up food, boogers, and other questionable things from my kids faces, bodies, and/or clothes, clean random messes, and the list could go on. Not to mention that fact that Baby # 3 seems to be sitting right on my bladder and I have to pee every five seconds (you think I'm exaggerating...I wish!). So like I said, we...or more correctly, I use a lot of hand soap.

After running out yet again a few days ago, I decided to go to the trusty internet to see if there was a simple way to make it at home and save money. The first website I clicked on was gold. It was a blog post by a women named Haley who is the author of the "Cheap Recipe Blog." (I put the link at the bottom of this post)

The only two ingredients you need are a bar of soap and water. You will need a large pot, a fine grater (the smallest side of a traditional grater), and a funnel (unless you are more awesome than me at pouring liquid into small holes. =p). The recipe called for 1 Gallon of water and 1 bar of soap, but I made half a batch since I didn't think I would have enough dispensers or a container big enough to store it. The only other thing I did differently from the post, was to use a moisturizing and scented bar of soap instead of adding essential oils to an unscented bar. The batch made enough to fill five and a half 12 oz containers. Here is a little the cost comparison. At the Dollar Store (and I'm sure many other stores), you can buy one 12 oz bottle of hand soap (Softsoap) or a 3 pack of bar soap (Jergens, Palmolive, or Dial) for $1. With that 3 pack of soap you can make 33 bottles of your own hand soap!!! That is going to save us a lot of money. I am official converted to making my own, instead of buying it. Oh, and if you think it is hard to do, its not. It took me maybe ten minutes of actual work to make it. The longest part was waiting for it to get to room temperature, so I could fill the bottles.

If you are used to buying liquid hand soap, I highly recommend trying this recipe instead. Here are a few pictures of my first batch!


This is what half a bar looks like once it's grated. 

The finished product! 
Here is the link: http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2013/11/04/diy-liquid-hand-soap-gift-handmade-holidays/