Homemade Liquid Soap
Homemade liquid soap is one of the easiest things to do when it comes to making your own product. If you are on a budget this is a great money saver. It gives you the luxury of liquid hand soap but at very little cost.
One way to do homemade soap is to save up all those old little scraps and shave or cut them into small pieces. Then place the grated material, which should be equal to a full bar, into a cup of boiling water and put it into your blender. Then set the blender on whip and let it blend the two ingredients. Then you can add a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of glycerin and stir it well.
Allow the entire batch to cool and then whip it again in your blender. Now simply add cold water to the mixture until you have about six cups of homemade liquid soap. Whip it all up again and pour it into an open lidded storage container, and when it is cool you’re ready to start filling liquid pump dispensers. It’s a good idea to shake them before using them.
Homemade liquid soap is one of the most popular types to make as it lathers quickly, is really convenient and it beats having to deal with messy bars on your sink. Store bought that is not homemade is not cheap and you can save a lot of money by simply making it yourself, hence the “homemade”.
Homemade Liquid Soap Recipe
A basic homemade recipe for beginners and one that you can make in a crock pot is:
16.5 oz of sunflower oil
7 oz of coconut oil
5.5 oz of potassium hydroxide
16.5 oz water that is distilled (this is for the lye mixture)
40 oz water that is distilled, used with the soap paste to dilute it
2 oz of boric acid
3 oz of essential oils-These can be mixed as long as the total is no more than 3 ounces
Some type of color if you want to color it.
To start your recipe, mix all your oils in the crock pot on a very low temperature, until it reaches approximately 160 degrees. During the time these are heating, mix the lye and water in the standard way. The potassium hydroxide is a bit volatile in water but this is normal. It makes some odd sounds but don’t worry. When this is done and mixed completely and it looks clear then gradually add it to your liquid oils in the crock pot, gradually stirring it until it is all mixed together.
Then you can start to blast it together with a stick blender. It can take a long time to get liquid trace. Don’t worry if it takes 30 minutes or a bit more. This is normal. After trace appears, leave the soap for about 20 minutes. If you still see separation just stir it again and put the lid on.
Keep checking. A homemade recipe takes a bit of time but it’s worth it. It can take up to 4 hours for this liquid recipe to cook and it will go through different stages so don’t be concerned. Just keep stirring the liquid every half hour. You can even use a potato masher to help you if the liquid gets really sticky. Once it starts to get creamy and looks like Vaseline it will start to look more translucent.
Now it’s time to dilute the paste using the 40 oz of water that is remaining. Bring it to a slow boil by adding the water to the paste. Then turn off the heat and let it sit with the lid on. You can let the entire mixture sit overnight as you are simply in a wait and see mode. When it is completely dissolved you next need to neutralize it. Here you can add fragrance or essential oils after the neutralizing process.
Bring the mixture to 180 degrees. While doing this, make your neutralizing solution. Take your boric acid and mix it into 8 ounces of boiling water. Make sure to stir it well and keep it hot. This is crucial. For every pound of soap paste add 3/4 of an ounce of neutralizer.
This recipe makes about 2.8 pounds of paste, so you should add about 2 ounces of solution. Slowly put the neutralizing mixture into the heated soap mixture making sure to stir it very well at the same time. Add it one ounce at a time, let it sit for awhile and then add a half ounce. If it is still clear you can add the remaining amount of the mixture. Now add your essential oils or fragrance while the entire mixture is still hot.
Pour your homemade recipe into a large container and let the entire mixture rest and cool. Any particles will sink to the bottom. When pouring into containers let the particles at the bottom stay there. Now add to your homemade liquid dispensers. You’re now ready to start enjoying your homemade liquid soap, or giving it as gifts to friends and family. People love homemade gifts and homemade gives it an all important special touch. When you receive a homemade gift, you know someone has put a lot of time and effort into is. Nothing beats homemade, but if doing it yourself at home is not a possibility then buy it online.