I love liquid soap – for my hands, my body, my face…but liquid hand soap and body wash can get pretty expensive, especially if you’re using a natural brand. So you can imagine my excitement when I happened upon this article I found on Pinterest about DIY Body Wash.
All you need is 8 oz bar soap, some glycerin, and water – super easy! You can use any bar soap, as long as it’s 8 oz (which may be 1 or 2 bars, so check the label!). We were actually in a bind and needed body wash right away. So instead of going to the store, I found a couple of Dove soap bars lying around and just used those. (I have no idea where the bars came from LOL, but I figured I’d use them to test out this recipe). Next time, I’ll try it with some Dr. Bronner’s castile soap bars! I may even try adding some essential oils for added fragrance and aromatherapy 🙂
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The glycerin is very easy to find at your drug store. It should be near the band-aids, alcohol, peroxide, etc. EDIT: The glycerin is mostly for moisturizing purposes and can be omitted if you want. I’ve made the soap without it and it was totally fine.
What You Need:
- 8 oz. bar of soap (could be 1, 2, or even 3 bars, depending on the kind)
- 2 T. glycerin
- 1 gallon (16 cups) water
- Large pot
- Container(s) to hold the soap
What To Do:
- Put water in a large pot.
- Grate the soap bar(s) and add to the water. (If you don’t have a grater, just chunk it up very small)
- Add the glycerin.
- Heat the soap mixture on medium heat until all the soap is dissolved, about 15 minutes. (Longer if your soap is chunked, instead of grated)
- Once dissolved, take off the heat and let it rest for 12-24 hours.
- Beat with a hand mixer, adding more water to achieve desired consistency. (Mine was pretty runny as is, so I just skipped adding the water). This is also where you’d add any essential oils if you want.
- Once you’ve mixed it well, just pour it into your container(s) using a funnel.
That’s it! I turned 2 bars of Dove soap ($3) into 1 gallon of body wash/hand soap.
And just for sake of providing some actual feedback on the soap, here’s a text conversation I had with the hubby, since he was the first to use it:
Since I want to try this with Dr. Bronner’s castile soap next time, let’s break down the cost using Bronner’s as an example:
1 gallon of Bronner’s ~ $35 on Amazon
(For body wash, I would dilute it with equal parts water, so the gallon now costs ~ $17)
1 bar of Bronner’s ~ $2 on Amazon
(For this recipe, I would use a little less than 2 bars, so let’s just say ~ $4)
That’s more than 4 times the price for a gallon of diluted Bronner’s vs. a gallon of homemade liquid Bronner’s! Sounds like an easy decision to make 🙂
So, what do you think? Would you try this? Have you tried this? What are your thoughts? Would love to hear about your experience!