Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Frugal Living: Making Liquid Soap Out of Bar Soap

Ok, soap may not be the biggest of expense, but when you have a large family, you certainly go through a lot of it. No, you don't break the bank when buying soap, but every penny saved counts, right? My mom (livinginasnowglobe.com) was telling me the other day how she has learned how to make liquid soap out of bar soap. I thought, "how cool!"

I just happen to have 20 bars of hand soap sitting around from couponing,  so I thought I'd give it a try because the whole house prefers liquid soap anyway.

Here's how you go about making liquid soap out of bar soap:

1. For every 4 ounce bar of soap, you'll need to multiply that by four to have enough water. So, for 1 4 oz bar of soap, you'll need 16 oz of water, or 2 cups.

2. Grate your soap so it dissolves easily. I just used my cheese grater.

3. While I was grating my soap, I had my water on the stove warming up.

4. Next, add your grated soap to the water and stir until all of the soap is dissolved. (Make sure you're able to vent your kitchen because the smell is strong)

5. Once all of the soap is dissolved, remove from heat and let the soap sit overnight.

6. The next morning, stir the soap really well, then fill your soap dispensers or store it for later.

It's that simple.

For 1 bar of soap, I was able to fill 2 1/2 small hand soap bottles, so I see there clearly is a savings with this method, even if it's only a couple of dollars. Plus, you can make it in large batches and store it for later so you don't have to worry about running out of liquid soap.

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