Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Turn A Bar of Soap Into Liquid Hand Soap

So as promised, here is the amazing recipe for making your very own liquid soap!!

Also, with this recipe, you can use a bar soap until it completely finishes, instead of most of it melting away being soggy most of the time and then too hard to use, when it gets small.

My confession is, even though bar soaps are way cheaper than liquid soaps, I have always really hated bar soaps, they take a rather long time to use up and they are always such a sloppy mess and very unattractive....until one day, I had a brilliant idea :)

What if I can turn my bar soaps, into an awesome liquid hand soap :) ...and it so turns out it is possible!
My first attempt at this was with a Lifebuoy bar soap,
and it turned out really nice.

Here is the simple recipe below:

For every 1oz (one ounce) of bar soap you need 16oz (16 ounces) of water.

So most bar soaps are approx 4oz.
For a 4oz bar of soap you will need (4x16=64oz) 64oz of water...that is a mighty lot of soap.  If you just want to try this out, cut the bar of soap in half (approx 2oz of soap) and use only 32oz of water.


  • Grate the soap, preferably on the smallest grating side of your grater.
  • In a large pot, combine the soap flakes, and the correct amount of water. Turn on medium-low heat and stir until the soap dissolves. This happens fast, about a minute or two.
  • Leave it alone to cool for at least 10-12 hours. It begins to cloud up after 3-4 hours.
  • After it has cooled completely around 12 hours later it will harden and look like a very thick liquid soap.
  • If the soap is harder than it should be you can take your hand held beaters and blend it. If after blending you find that the consistency is just a little bit too thick just add a little bit of water until the consistency is more like liquid soap.
Now after you have funnelled into your hand soap pump bottle/foaming soap dispenser bottle, you will need another large bottle to store the rest :)

WARNING: Depending on the kind of soap you use, may make the results vary a bit, simply because every soap will have different ingredients in it.

Some soaps have extra moisturizer in it making it harder to set firm.  No problem in that.  I tried it with a Dove bar of soap and it did not firm up like the Lifebuoy.  I just let it sit (maybe you can try using a bit less water) and after 24 hours I just poured into my pump bottle and used as normal.

Good Luck my ladies, and do let me know if you made it :)


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