I love a large bar of soap. I rarely get asked about making a liquid soap to sell, but many people prefer a liquid soap by the kitchen sink. I agree. There are ways to make it by scratch. Liquid soap is made with potassium hydroxide instead of sodium hydroxide normally. Now is not the time in my life to bother with two types of soap (no time!), but I have made liquid soap with my bar soap which is working out nicely for us!
Using a grater on a smaller side, shred your bar of soap (use homemade soap for nice, homemade liquid!). Bring to a boil on the stove with 6 cups of water then turn to low for about a half hour. Keep watch on it, mine boils over sometimes! Cleans the stove nicely though! Stir frequently with a whisk. Turn off the heat and let rest and cool. Pour into soap dispensers. I did this today with my Beeswax Honey soap and have done it in the past with my Lavender soap. Scent keeps nicely! Water and oils naturally separate, so every so often (twice a week at least) you need to shake it up in the dispenser. Will immediately become a nice consistency, and will thicken over time.
I really love doing this as I don’t need to be dependent on the grocery store. You can also pour into a plastic shampoo type bottle and use as a body wash in the shower..but I save my bar soaps for that. Recipe will fill at least two dispensers and I keep leftovers in a glass jar for future use. You could make this and give as a gift in a mason jar with a bow. Pretty and sincere! Make sure you use homemade soap for a true all-natural gift.
Click here for making a mason glass jar soap dispenser. I think it adds some down home whimsy whether you live in a mansion or a shack. 🙂 As you can see below I don’t have one of that type at the moment. Ciao for now!