Liquid Soap

One of my favorite things to make with my nine-year old daughter is liquid soap.  I’ve played around with several recipes, and this one finally turned out with a viscous, smooth texture.  Texture is the hardest thing to nail when making your own liquid soap.  This recipe makes 3 gallons of soap, but if you hold on, I’ll post ways you can use it for more than hand soap and body wash.

3 bars of soap (If you want natural, pick a soap that is natural.  I love Tom’s of Maine daily moisturizing.  It smells fantastic, but have fun trying different things.)

1 gallon of water (distilled, if you are on city water or have fussy well water.  We have beautiful artisan water, so no worries for us)

1/4 cup Borax

essential oils to your liking (see below)

Grate 2 bars of soap and put in a large bowl that has a lid and cover with water. Let this soak for about an hour or two.  In the mean time, grate the 3rd bar of soap, but reserve it.

Heat the lumpy soap mixture for 5-10 minutes until it is completely dissolved.  Stir constantly.  I should mention use a big pot and don’t let it boil over.  Stir.  Stir.  Stir.  Add the 1/4 cup of borax and stir until it dissolves.  Remove from heat.

pour mixture into 2 one gallon containers (unless you have something big enough for all of it).  I used the big mixing bowl again and a recycled plastic ice cream bucket.  Add the grated 3rd bar of soap and mix it around.

Before the blender
Before the blender

Cover and let sit over night.  I like to add an orange peel.  It adds a light citrus scent.  But remove it in the morning, before blending.

In the morning, let your kids play with the snotty mixture (not necessary, but really easy way to distract them while you blog).  Don’t worry, it doesn’t stay that way.  Working in small batches, fill blender half full, cover and whip for a minute or so until well blended.  Using a funnel, pour into container and repeat until you have blended up about 3 gallons of liquid soap.

If you use a natural soap bar, like Tom’s of Maine, you have just made your own liquid castile  soap.  I’ll post other recipes that call for castile liquid soap, so you can use it up quickly and have fun making another batch.  The product will settle a little after a day or so.  You can scent the bottles with 10-20 drops of essential oil, if you like, per bottle.  Use more or less depending on how big the bottle is.  If you have teen-age boys, I recommend you stick with orange essential oil (if you have used an unscented soap or the one I suggested).  My sons won’t use it if it has anything else in it.  I guess orange is manly enough.

Finished product
Finished product
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  1. I’ve been reading about borax. Apparently there is some debate about whether it is the best thing to put on your skin or not. If you are worried about it, just eliminate it. Also, I’ve learned that bacteria can grow in your homemade soap. Especially if you you make a huge batch like I did. Add 10 drops of Four Thieves or tea tree essential oil. Both are antibacterial. I love Four Thieves oil.

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