Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Liquid Hand Soap

While I am on the subject of liquid soap I thought I would post this hand soap recipe.

1 bar soap (6 oz)
1 TBS honey
1 tsp glycerin


■Grate bar into small flakes, toss in blender.
■Add 1 cup boiling water and whip.
■Add 1/2 cup room temperature water and stir in blender.
■Add honey and glycerin, stir.
■Allow mix to cool (15 minutes) then whip again.
■Mixture should be 2 cups at this point. Top with cool water until mixture measures between 5 and 6 cups, whip.
■Pour into containers and allow to cool (do not put lids or caps on yet).
■After an hour, close containers. Mixture will thicken up.
■Shake before using as needed.
Optional: You can make this with herb infused water, just strain before using.

Source: Adapted from Pearls of Country Wisdom by Debora S. Tukua

Another homemade version:

Save bits of leftover bars (or grate one) then toss in a glass mason jar and top with boiling water (about double the amount of soap bits). Stir then seal with lid. Shake jar a few times while the water is cooling to get rid of any clumps. Once the mixture has cooled, stir well and add a few drops of essential oil if you wish to have a scented version.

To use: Pour mix into bottle then top with water as needed to get the right consistency (shake well). If for some reason the mixture is too thin, simply melt a bit of grated soap in a little hot water then add to first mixture to thicken.

I have made the second version and am not totally satisfied so I will try the first version and see how I like it.

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