It uses no dangerous ingredients or specialist equipment, and will be ready for use quickly.
I'd tried a number of liquid soap recipes that didn't work from the net, and finally with frustration devised my own. This is my own, original recipe, and it DOES work!
Give it a go!
Easy liquid soap recipe
This recipe makes just under two litres (half a gallon) of general purpose liquid soap. It is best made in the evening, as it will need to cool overnight before blending (the final stage).
- 1 cup soap flakes or grated bar soap.
- 1.5 litres (1 1/2 quarts) water.
- 1 tablespoon of glycerin.
You will need:
- A large saucepan.
- A cup measure, and a tablespoon measure.
- A sealable glass jar, or an assortment of cleaned hand pumps or old squeeze-pack shampoo containers.
- A stick blender, food processor or hand-held egg beater.
- Mix the ingredients together in a large saucepan over a low heat.
- Keep stirring occasionally until the soap flakes have dissolved and the mixture is smooth in texture.
- Let cool overnight until room temperature. The mixture will be slightly thick and milky-looking, with a jellylike texture. (I usually pop it into a sealable jar for cooling).
- Blend with a stick blender, food processor or egg beater until smooth.
- Store in a sealable glass jar, or decant directly into whatever containers you want.
Tips and hints
If you choose to make a thinner (runnier) recipe, just add more water.
Making a thinner recipe will also make it more economical. A thinner version might be a good idea for a hand pump for a child's bathroom, for example.
This recipe changes hard soap into liquid (gel) soap with the addition of glycerin and water.
The liquid soap is suitable for hand pumps or body washes.
Liquid soap is great for general-purpose cleaning around the house. Just add hot water and away you go!
My husband also uses this liquid soap instead of expensive shaving foam, which irritates his skin and is also packaged unsustainably.
This mix is absolutely safe for children and pets, and safe for septic tanks and composting toilets.
A few pointers
Because you're not working with such toxic ingredients as caustic soda, which is used in soap manufacture, this recipe is absolutely safe to make with young children in the home.
Just be wary not to let children near the hot stove, of course!
You can choose to add scent to this mix if you want. We prefer not to.
What scent you add is up to you, but be aware that some essential oils, such as peppermint and lavender, are skin sensitizers or allergens and can cause problems for a large number of people.
About the ingredients
Soap flakes: For my liquid soap, I used Lux flakes, which are plain soap flakes commonly available in New Zealand and many other countries. Any plain soap will do.
Lux flakes do have a mild perfume added, but this does not affect the gelling of the liquid soap at all.
I paid about NZD$6 (about USD$4.30) for a 700g box of soap flakes. The cost of soap flakes used in this recipe - just over NZD$2.00 (about USD$1.40).
Glycerine: Glycerin is available in most chemists, discount stores and drugstores. It is also known as glycerol or glycerine.
You can also buy it online at places such as Amazon.
My glycerol (glycerine) cost $8.00 for 200 mls. The cost for the glycerine in this recipe was just over NZ 50c (about US 35c).
Water: You do not need to use rainwater distilled water or spring water for this recipe. Tap water is fine.
Total cost: The total cost of making this recipe came to about NZD $2.50 (about USD$1.78) for nearly two litres of homemade liquid soap.
Happy liquid soap-making!
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