Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tuesday randomness~trying my HAND at hand soap...

Hi all! 
You may remember a while back that I made my own laundry soap (which I LOVE), you can read about it and get directions HERE

Well, I decided to try my hand at hand soap, and it was just as easy!!  So I thought I would do a little tutorial, in case you'd like to give it a try too (you will feel so domesticated!!)

8 oz bar of soap (I used 2 4 oz bars) 
2 Tablespoons of Glycerin (found near the band-aids or behind the pharmacy counter)
1 gallon Water 

I really wanted to use This soap, but could not find it anywhere, next time I will order it online.

soap 1 rs

Turn your burner to med/med high; add 1 gallon of water to a large pot; heat until almost boiling.

  soap 2 rs  
While your water is warming, grate your soap with a cheese grater (or food processor). *this is the hardest part of the process (I did it by hand, next time I am using the food processor).

  soap 3

Add 2 Tablespoons of liquid Glycerin to the Water.

  soap 4

Then add the grated soap to the water; stir until completely dissolved.

soap 5 rs

It will look like soapy water.

  soap 6 rs

Let the soap mixture cool for 12 hours (I let it sit overnight and until the afternoon). The mixture will be pretty thick when it is completely cooled; if it is too thick; beat it with a whisk or beater and gradually add water until it is hand soap consistency.

 soap 7 rs

 Fill your hand soap dispensers.

  soap 8 rs

It makes a lot, so have a container ready to store the rest.

soap 9 rs

And there you have it!! 
Pretty easy and economical (my supplies cost me around $5 and I have plenty of glycerin left to make several more batches).

Let me know if you try it!! 

Enjoy Today!!