Finding simple solutions to create less waste are often easier than we think. At the same time some methods just work better than others. The first time I tried to create liquid soap from a bar was a pointless disaster. Finally I figured out exactly why it wasn’t working, and exactly what I needed to do differently. Today I want to share what makes this simple zero waste solution work.
What you will need…
Essential oils (optional)
Container of choice (I prefer a glass jar)
First use your cheese grater to break down the soap bar into tiny pieces. Add 1 & 1/2 cups soap flakes to your glass jar and fill with 3 cups of hot water to dissolve the soap flakes. Add essential oils of your choice for scent and additional cleansing properties once the water has cooled and your soap is dissolved.
Lemongrass, lavender, lemon, or peppermint essential oil are all great options. Add up to 20 drops of essential oil. This recipe make 32 oz of liquid soap. Once the soap is fully dissolved you can transfer the soap to other containers.
I use this simple DIY Liquid Soap for cleaning as well as shampoo and body wash.
Liquid soaps tend to cost more as well as contribute to excessive plastic bottles. The most important aspect to making a great DIY Liquid Soap is to use a bar soap that has a high glycerin content. The easiest way to know if a soap bar is high in glycerin is when it is wet it gets soft around the edges and is gooey once it is almost gone. I love using the Kiss My Face Pure Olive Oil Soap. I purchase 8 oz bars packaged in recyclable paper.
If you try this please let me know how it works for you. Find more zero waste articles here.
(Image by Dawn Michelle)