Score! I found all varieties at Lowe’s Foods…look here if you live in North or South Carolina!
As you can see, the price is $5.59 per bar, my cost, so far. Next, I got my hands on the other ingredients I need: 1 bottle of liquid glycerin and a gallon of water. The glycerin cost $5.49 and the water is filtered from my home. I’ll break down the savings later on in this pictorial.
Here’s the recipe. You will need:
1 Gallon Water (Spring water or distilled water are probably best) You will also use the empty container to hold your liquid hand soap.
1 Bar Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Soap in your favorite fragrance.
2 T liquid glycerin – I purchased mine at the drug store in the first aid section
Large stainless steel or enamel pot with lid
spoon for stirring
If you don’t have a funnel, try this:
Yup, that’ll work!
A natural by-product of soap production, glycerin is often extracted from commercial soaps to be used in lotions, cosmetics and other beauty products. That is why commercial soaps can be drying to the skin…the glycerin has been removed. Glycerin is extremely beneficial as it helps the skin maintain a natural water balance. I could not tell, by reading the ingredients on this soap, whether or not the glycerin had been extracted or not, so adding some is a good idea. Mrs. Meyers is a castile soap, which means it is an olive oil base soap. The essential oils used for this fragrance are geranium, rose and clove. It does smell wonderful, but if you have allergies to any of these, I recommend using something else like the One With Nature soaps mentioned above. That being said, on to the steps for making your own gallon of soap.
*A word about additives. I did not add anything else to my soap except the basic 3 ingredients. To my way of thinking, there are several essential oils in the bar, and I was really looking for a basic soap. However, if you are feeling adventurous, you could add any of the following:
Aloe Vera Gel: get as close to 100% as possible. I would not add the actual aloe leaf as I can not be sure that it would not degrade over time, and this much soap won’t be used up in a week. Also, add aloe after the soap mixture has cooled, just before you pour it into the gallon jug. Mix well with your hand mixer.
Vitamin E: You can snip a gel cap or two and squeeze the vitamin E liquid into the soap mixture but wait until after the soap cools a bit, but is still a liquid. Be careful with this one, though. Vitamin E can be a skin irritant to some. Test a small place on your arm before adding it.
Cocoa Butter: Melt down about 1 Tablespoon over low heat and pour it in while the soap mixture is warm, but not hot. Stir well and allow mixture to sit the full 12 hours.
Here we go!
Start by grating your soap, all of it. I recommend wearing latex gloves while grating with a hand grater. It’s hard to scrape you knuckles when you are wearing these!
Next, heat the gallon of water, but do not boil. When it starts to steam, it’s ready to add the soap and glycerin. Turn off heat and stir in all of the grated soap and glycerin.
At this point, stir this mixture until you are certain every bit of the soap flakes have dissolved. Put a lid on the pot, and let it sit for at least the next 12 hours.
When you remove the lid, it should look like this…..mine smells wonderful!
This is pretty much a solid on top with some liquid underneath, but when I mixed it with my hand mixer..
It still came out a little thick, but much more like liquid soap. Add a little extra water until your soap is the consistency you like. Unless you want to add some other ingredients, like vitamin E or Aloe, you are ready to pour this into the gallon jug. I used my recycled funnel and a soup ladle to spoon mine into the jug.