So sorry for the break, but it seemed like an important time to spend with family rather than writing. But as grandma says, now the rest of need to keep living... it is what grandpa would want. So we have a full week of posts lined up.
And now with a seamless transition...
Soap. Liquid soap in particular. It is ridiculously easy to take a bar of soap and turn it into a lot of liquid soap. It is fairly painless and can save quite a bit of money. Who could ask for more.
If you really want a liquid soap like the ones you might buy in the store, you would actually need to use a different process. Liquid soap is made from potassium hydroxide while hard soap is made from sodium hydroxide. The potassium hydroxide soap is softer and can be diluted with less water...leading to a soap that foams better. (But you would probably have to make that soap yourself to do this since I have never seen it in the store... and that is one adventure on our to-do list that we haven't tried yet.)
Here is all that you will need to make our version of easy homemade liquid soap:
Easy Homemade Soap2 Five-ounce bars Dr. Bronner's All-One Hemp Tea Tree Pure-Castile Soap
2 tablespoons Mountain Rose Herbs Vegetable Glycerin
1 gallon + 2 cups water
1. Fill the large pot with the water and place on a stove burner. (Note: make sure you have a big enough pot to stir without spilling...not that I would know anything about that...)
2. Grate the bars of soap (with a cheese grater) and pour into the water.
|The grated soap or the best April Fool's day mozzarella ever...|
3. Turn the burner onto medium and stir the soap/water mixture until the soap is dissolved. It will get increasingly frothy as it dissolves, but be sure not to heat it to boiling (unless you want a bubbly mess).
4. Once the soap is dissolved, turn off the heat and move the pot off the burner. Then let it sit for several hours (I made it in the afternoon and let it sit over night) until it solidifies.
|What the soap looks like after sitting out overnight|
5. The soap will seem solid at first, however it will liquify if you stir it vigorously. Stir the soap however you see fit until it reverts to a more liquid texture. Using egg beaters works well.
6. Transfer the liquid soap into your dispenser/recepticle of choice. And that's it. You're done. Be aware that the texture will probably be different than what you are used to. But the soap will clean just as well.
|10 ounces of bar soap...|
|...Becomes 177 ounces of liquid soap|
The cost comparison:
Mountain Rose Herbs vegetable glycerin $8.50 for 16 oz
2 tablespoons/1 ounce = $0.55
Dr. Bronner's Bar Soap $3.00 for 5 oz
x 2 = $6.00
= $6.55 for 177 ounces
And here is how that compares with some other soaps out there.
Softsoap Hand Soap: $2.50 for 7.5 oz = $0.33/oz
Softsoap refill: $5.00 for 56 ounces = $0.09/oz
Dr. Bronner's Liquid Soap: $12.00 for 32 oz = $0.38/oz
Dr. Bronner's Bar: $3.00 for 5 oz = $0.60/oz
Trader Joe's Hand soap: $21.00 for 34 ounces = $0.62/oz
So as you can see you get a larger supply of soap for less cost per ounce than even the bulk Softsoap refill (without it's added chemicals). Booya!
(This post was shared at the Homestead Barn Hop, Natural Living Monday, Mostly Homemade Mondays, Down Home Hop, the Backyard Farming Connection Hop, Tuesday Greens, Tuesdays with a Twist, Wildcrafting Wednesdays, Simple Lives Thursday, the Home Acre Hop, Old Fashioned Fridays, 104 Homestead Hop, and the Maple Hill Hop.)