Wednesday, January 14, 2015

diy liquid soap/shower gel

While I love making homemade soap, I'm not such a big fan of actually using bars of soap.

stock image. not my soap but it looks a lot like it, minus the pin needly paraphernalia

I know, sucky right? Yeah. I don't know. I don't go through it quickly enough and it drives me bonkers to see it get washed away in the shower and I'm too lazy to actually put it in a container to protect it from the water in the shower.

It's true. I can be pretty lazy. And while that's quite the first world problem on my part, it makes me all cranktankerous when I know that most of my hard work is going down the drain and I'm too lazy to stop it.

So instead I'm taking my hand made soap and milling it down into shavings to make liquid soap for my hands and for my showers.

Here's what you need:

  • 1 big pot
  • 1 bar of soap
  • 1 quart of water (which Mr Faye informs me is 4 cups. Mr Faye is infinitely intelligent when it comes to the calculationy kind of stuff, and faster and funnier than google, unless he's being attitudy, which happens often, as it did in this case because he was getting a bit look at me all smart pontificating like). 

Here's what you do:

  • Grate soap in cheese grater (you can use your regular kitchen one unless you haven't let your homemade soap cure for at least 3 weeks because of the lye. But really, you should let it cure before playing with it, so put it back if that's what you're doing and come back in a month). If you're paranoid or more detail oriented than I am, you can buy a special grater or use a knife and cut it. But it's soap that has cured the lye, so you should be fine
  • Put water in put and heat
  • Add shavings and melt them until there's not little bits left
  • Let it sit for at least 12 hours (off of heat)
We're currently in the let cool and congeal stage
  • It should be cool, congealed, kind of clumpy mess after 12 hours. That's perfect. Take your hand mixer and beat it gently to smooth out the texture.*
  • Store in container (pretty glass ones or practical old milk jugs, whatever you prefer)

And voila, diy, cheap but excellent liquid hand soap or shower gel, as per your preference. I'm going to add some essential oils (probably some of my Thieves Blend to help fight the daycare germs,etc, etc). This way I get to reuse my handmade soaps and have shower gel, which I prefer. Added bonus, as I was washing my hands post mixing I was reminded how good quality my soap mix was. Hello super fatty soap and soft skin instead of detergent like commercial products (yes, that was a little soap snobbery sneaking through, I'll own it).

*If it is too runny, add more soap shavings and repeat. If it's too thick, add more water and blend. It may separate over time. Just stir or shake it. Or if you're really type A, re-blend it. 


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