I found this Dr. Bronners bar of soap at Amazing Savings for $2 (the package is dirty, but the soap is clean). I am on a personal kick to make sure that the products I use on my skin (our largest organ), and my family’s skin are as natural as possible. There are multiple opinions on the topic of “does your skin absorb what you put on it, and if so is it harmful”. I am not here to join the debate, but my personal experience is that when I use natural products, my skin is happier. I have had years of very unhappy skin, so if I can make my skin happy, I am all about it. The problem is that most natural products are expensive, like crazy expensive, sooooo I am super excited about my gallon of Dr. Bronners “homemade” soap for $2. Yes, $2!!!
In Whole Foods or Earth Fare a “clean” bar of this soap would be $4ish.
I use this soap in all of our homemade soap dispensers (kitchen, bath), I also use this soap for my shower body wash.
The first time I turned a bar soap into liquid I added glycerin. I felt this made the soap too thick and slimy. As with any recipe you might have to play with it to get it right for you. Different bar soaps will have different ingredients that can effect how they liquefy. Another thing to expect when using natural soap is the lack of suds, not total lack, but definitely less than soaps with additives.
So here is how to get a gallon of natural soap for $2.
You will need…
- a pot large enough to hold a gallon of water.
- one gallon of water (most recipes say to use distilled water, I used filtered water from my fridge)
- hand mixer
- bar of soap – 5oz
- a grater – (I bought a $ store grater just for making soap)
- a gallon container to hold the soap
- funnel if you have one, (an empty plastic bottle turned upside down, and cut works well also)
Step 1: Grate the soap into the pot.
Step 2: Pour filtered, or distilled water into the pan. Bring the water to a boil, immediately take off the heat, and stir the pot to make sure all the soap has melted. It will look “clear to lightly sudsy”. Let the pot of soap cool completely.
Step 3: Once pot of soap has cooled completely, use the hand mixer to make sure the soap and water have mixed. It will grow and look “sudsy”
Step 4: Let sit for a few hours, overnight is ok. It will be clear - mix again.
Before mixing the 2nd time.
After mixing the 2nd time.
Step 5: Pour soap into gallon container or soap dispensers.
I reuse my old body wash containers for shower soap.
Step 6: Wash your hands!
Let me know what you make and how it turns out!