This past week we ran out of our beloved Mrs. Meyers geranium scented liquid hand soap. I may or may not have shed a tear or two. Not just because I absolutely love the stuff, but because of the dent it makes in my budget when I buy it. The way it’s priced, you might think the ingredients would have gold listed somewhere. Sheesh.
Since I’m sort of on a kick of making my own home goods (see how I made laundry detergent here), I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try my hand at making my own liquid hand soap! One of the best ideas ever! We recently started a pretty strict cash based budget which is making me pay more attention to every single dollar that I’m spending. I’ve been paying attention to the per ounce or per unit pricing of things, and wow…things are expensive, especially in this part of CA! I figured out that per ounce of store bought Mrs. Meyers Liquid Hand Soap we were paying $0.32/oz. when I could be making my own for about $0.08/oz! The store bought type is four times as much as what I could make at home! SOLD!
Just so you know, you’re going to end up with a gallon of liquid hand soap. Enough to share with a neighbor or hoard for yourself- both perfectly respectable ideas!
Ready to try? It’s very easy!
- 1 bar of soap (Mrs. Meyers is an 8 oz. bar)
- 1 Tbsp. liquid glycerine (I found mine at our local natural nutrition store, I think you may be able to find it in the first-aid section of your pharmacy)
- 1 gallon of water
- Cheese grater
- A large pot (big enough to hold a gallon of water)
- A large container (big enough to hold a gallon of soap :) )
Step 1: Begin by grating all of your soap. Like I said with the laundry detergent, be prepared- your arm will get tired. But keep going, it’s so worth it!
Step 2: Place your gallon of water into your pot and add the soap shavings and glycerine.
Step 3: Heat on medium/high heat and stir until all of your soap is melted. Once it has all melted it will basically just look like soapy water. Imagine that! (p.s. your entire house will smell AMAZING while you’re heating this up! Bonus!)
Step 4: Let sit for 12ish hours or until soap has thickened up. After a few hours it will start to separate. After 12 hours it will be kind of a weird slimy semi-solid texture- not quite like jello, but not a solid. It’s weird.
Step 5: Using a mixer or immersion blender, break down the semi-solid stuff until it resembles liquid hand soap.
Step 6: Pour some into your dispenser and the rest into an air-tight container to store.
Step 7: Wash your hands and be proud- you just saved a few bucks! :)
A few notes about this soap:
- The store bought version is clear, but the homemade is white. Its okay, don’t worry.
- It may have a different texture that you’re used to. It may be too slimy for some. If this bothers you, then don’t use it! If you’re okay with it, perfect!
- It doesn’t foam or bubble up the same as other hand soap might, but it still does the job VERY well!
- Mrs. Meyers All Purpose Soap Bar: $6.49
- Liquid glycerine: $3.79
- Gallon of water: Free
- Total: $10.28 ($0.08/oz.)
With great smelling clean hands,