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Ok, so I told you sometime before that I made some hand soap.

Well, I did. I looked up a lot of different recipes, but they were all mostly the same. Start with a bar of soap, grate it up, and mix it with hot water to dissolve it.

I used this recipe, only I didn’t have glycerine. There aren’t a lot of pictures of the process out there, so here’s how it goes:

Start with a bar of soap. I went with this natural castile soap.

Then I used a box grater on its largest side to make little soap curls.

Don’t confuse this with cheese. That would be gross. And bubbly.

I put it in my blender

and added 1 cup boiling water.

Then I blended it up. We were having electrical problems, so I had to use the blender on the floor. And yes, we don’t have baseboards in parts of our house.

It got all foamy.








Then I added honey and enough water to bring it to 6 cups. It was already nearly 6 cups, so I didn’t have to add much. I also put in some tea tree oil for scent. The bar was already scented peppermint, but I wanted to add depth of scent. Or something like that.

Then I blended it up. And it nearly overflowed my blender.

The recipe says to let it cool, blending it every so often to make sure it keeps a smooth consistency. I had to do it in two batches because every time I turned on the blender, it got foamier and foamier, and the blender couldn’t contain it.

Once cool, I put it in my soap pump.

This was the consistency at first. On the thin side, with tiny bubbles throughout.

I put the rest in a couple of mason jars. As you can see, it made a heck of a lot of soap.

There was still a lot of foaminess, especially at the top. I figured in a couple of days it would settle down and be more like the store-bought stuff.

Well, it didn’t.

It only got firmer. And if anything, the bubbles in it are bigger now.

It got so firm that it no longer pumped out of the soap dispenser, and I had to take it all out and water it down again.

So here’s the verdict:

-The consistency kind of weirds me out. I mean, it works just fine, but it’s not pretty at all.

-The smell is nice.

-I think I’ll try this again, but I will a) use the leftovers from our bar soap– Dove, which I think will behave a lot differently; b) skip the blender method and cook it on the stove; and c) I will let it sit at room temperature for a couple of days before putting it into the soap dispenser. And then I’ll tell you all about it.

But, if you haven’t noticed, I’m not going to run out any time soon.


0 comments on Hand Soap

  1. I’m glad you tried our recipe. 🙂 It’s an old one on my blog, and the updates in the comments didn’t transfer over to my new hosting site. Yes, the soap mixture will thicken up a bit over time. Don’t *fill* your dispenser with it, so you can add more water over time as needed (shake or stir to mix). The glycerin does help keep it a smoother, less solid consistency, though. Some of the other commercial brands of soap do contain glycerin, which can help (but Dr. Bronner’s doesn’t). 🙂
    Michele @ Frugal Granola

    • Thanks for the input! I think the consistency might have been more foamy because my blender only has one speed. I think I won’t use Dr. Bronner’s again– it leaves a weird feeling on my hands. I should pick up some glycerin for next time! 🙂

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