Wednesday, December 1, 2021

How to Make Liquid Soap Out of a Bar of Soap

Learn how to make liquid soap from bar soap without glycerin. Making homemade liquid hand soap can turn one bar of soap into an entire gallon of liquid soap that you can use for your body or for your hands. If you use unscented bar soap, you can also add essential oils for a naturally scented soap.





How to Turn Bar Soap Into Liquid Soap Without Glycerin


The best way to reduce the spread of germs is by washing your hands well with soap and water. I'm writing this in the middle of the national scare, so I hope it is but a memory when you are reading this.


Sanitizer flew off the shelf first, and now it's hard to find hand soap. I make soap, so I have a shoe box full of soaps. I can help you stretch any soap that you do have by teaching you how to make liquid hand soap from bar soap.


Most stores do have bar soaps, so if it's all you can find, use this easy recipe to make one gallon of homemade liquid hand soap for your family to use.


Keep track of this recipe and more with my Recipes for a Natural Home printable recipe binder.


For more DIY bath and body recipes, check out these posts:


  




Why Make Homemade Liquid Hand Soap Without Castile Soap?


Why turn a bar of soap into liquid? Why not just use it as a bar of soap?


We have a family of five and one bathroom. Someone is always washing their hands, and the bar of soap is constantly wet. When there's less than half a bar left, it gets mushy and dissolves.


Soap, especially handmade cold process and melt and pour soap, do dissolve if they are left in water. I use a metal soap dish, but the soap just doesn't have time to dry.


I tried swapping out soap dishes mid-day, but that's a hassle. It's easier to just learn how to turn bar soap into liquid soap without glycerin.


My kids go through a lot of soap. I also have eczema on my hand, and hand soap is a big trigger. If I didn’t learn how to make liquid soap out of bar soap, then I’d spend a lot of money on soap!


How Do You Make Liquid Soap Fast?


Like making cold process soap, making homemade liquid soap is a labor of love and does require a special lye. It’s a process and does take some time.


Fortunately, you can make liquid hand soap pretty fast either by making liquid hand soap with castile soap or by learning how to make liquid hand soap from bar soap.





How Do You Make Liquid Soap Out of Bar Soap?


You’ll need a bar of soap, a grater, and some water. That’s it! It’s incredibly easy to learn how to make liquid soap from bar soap.


You can also add essential oils if you want to.


How Do You Make Liquid Soap From Bar Soap in the Microwave?


I use the stove top to make homemade liquid hand soap without castile soap, but you can use the microwave.


Simply grate the soap and add the water. Then microwave on high for four minutes, stirring after each minute.


How Do You Make Liquid Soap From Scratch Without Lye?


You can’t make a true soap with oils and water without using lye. Handmade liquid soap is wonderful and a great skill to have.


I’m a hardcore DIY-er, and I still don’t like making liquid soap. I’m happy with learning how to make liquid hand soap from bar soap.


If you want a true handmade liquid soap without making it yourself, then I suggest either buying liquid soap on Etsy or buying liquid soap paste.


The soap paste lets you get creative with your soap without making it completely from scratch.





How Do You Turn Bar Soap Into Liquid Soap Without Glycerin?


Adding glycerin when you learn how to make liquid soap out of bar soap will make the soap creamy and less lumpy.


However, it’s not necessary. You can omit it. This is a tutorial for how to turn bar soap into liquid soap without glycerin.


How Do You Make Liquid Hand Soap Without Castile?


I use a hand soap made with castile soap often and like the formula. However, I recognize the need for wanting to make it a little cheaper and with items you may have around the house.


In this case, save this recipe for how to make liquid soap out of bar soap to make your own hand soap.


The Best Type of Soap to Use for Homemade Liquid Hand Soap


I've made this liquid hand soap from bar soap, and the success absolutely depends on what type of bar soap you use.


I make a lot of melt and pour soap, but melt and pour soap does not work well in this recipe. Neither does a glycerin soap, which is what some bars from dollar stores are.


Cold process and handmade cold process soap does work very well for learning how to make liquid soap from bar soap without glycerin.


I recommend this basic bastille bar soap recipe or buying handmade soap on Etsy if you can't find it locally.


You can also use Kirk's Castile Soap, Dove soap, or African black soap (get it from Amazon or Etsy).  Learn more about the benefits of African black soap.


Some soap makers also sell soap scraps and shredded soap.  These are an easy way to get started because you don't have to shred the soap.


 Very dry bars of soap do not work well for this recipe, so make sure it has some water content in it.





Adding Essential Oils to Liquid Hand Soap


You can use either essential oils or fragrance oils if you want a scent, but it's not necessary. If you use a scented soap, your liquid hand soap from bar soap will also be scented. The scent will be faint though.


If you do use essential oils, you want to use a 1 to 2 percent dilution. That means use 6 to 12 drops per ounce of soap.


A gallon of soap as 128 ounces, so you would need 768 to 1,535 drops of essential oils. A 10 ml bottle of essential oil has 200 to 250 drops, so you would need several bottles of oils for the entire batch.


I prefer to add the oils when I refill the soap dispenser so I can change scents. If you know how many drops to use per ounce, you can do this easily. Use 48 to 98 drops per 8-ounce bottle of soap.


You can always use less essential oil. The soap and the act of handwashing are what kill the germs, so feel free to omit the scent if you want to.


You can use your favorite essential oil blend. I like these fun essential oil blends that smell like candy. You can also make a Thieves oil hand soap with this DIY Thieves oil blend recipe.


You can also use Simply Earth's Defender blend or Mountain Rose Herb's Shield blend.


Soap Dispenser for Homemade Liquid Hand Soap


I reuse bottles when I can. I buy Method hand soap when it's on sale and use the bottles several times before the pump finally gives out.


You can also buy a soap dispenser that will last much longer. I also have some mason jar lid soap dispensers that I've bought to use with mason jar.







Tips for Making Liquid Hand Soap From Bar Soap


The first time I tried turning a bar of soap into liquid soap, it was a gloppy and gooey mess. I swore I'd never try it again!


I had used a bar of glycerin soap from the dollar store. The glycerin will turn this into a slimy mess. Use only handmade cold process, Dove, African black soap, or other cold process soap.


Grating the soap will give you the best results because the soap will dissolve quicker. I have arthritis in my hand, so sometimes I just cut slivers in the soap. It will take longer to melt, but it will eventually melt.


You don't have to use a stick blender, but I highly recommend it. It helps incorporate the soap and water. Your liquid hand soap may separate if you don't use a stick blender. Just give it a good shake, and it's safe to use. It might, however, clog the soap pump.


I recommend using distilled water. If you don't have distilled water or can't get some, you can boil the water for several minutes, let it cool, and then use it.


I never add essential oils or a fragrance oil to the entire batch because it's a lot of oils. I add it by the refill so I can change scents often. Don't feel like you have to use the full amount; you can use less per ounce.


This liquid hand soap from a bar is less concentrated than what you buy in the store. You might want to use an extra pump on your hands.


Don't store this soap in an empty plastic water jug (the ones like milk jugs). Over time, the seams will start to leak. That's a pro tip for you. I had mine stored on a wire shelf in the laundry room, so it wasn't noticeable for a few days.


This homemade liquid hand soap without castile soap doubles as a great body wash, too. It should lather well on a bath puff.





Homemade Liquid Hand Soap Without Glycerin Ingredients


To learn how to make liquid hand soap from bar soap, you will need:



How to Make Liquid Soap Out of Bar Soap


Step #1


Grate or cut the soap. Place in a large pot with 1 gallon water..


Step #2


Turn the heat to high and bring to a boil. Once it's boiling, turn down the heat to medium and stir while the soap dissolves.


Step #3


Turn off the heat and let the soap sit overnight to gel. It should be a thick gel in the morning.


Step #4


Use a stick blender to mix well.


Step #5


Pour into a container and refill your soap dispensers as needed.


Now you know how to make liquid hand soap from bar soap!


How to Make Liquid Hand Soap From Bar Soap was originally published at Everything Pretty.


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Yield: 1 gallon
Author: Cari @ Homesteading in Ohio
Estimated cost: $4

How to Make Liquid Hand Soap from Bar Soap

prep time: 5 Mperform time: 1 hourtotal time: 1 H & 5 M
How to turn a bar of soap into a gallon of hand soap or body wash.

materials:

  • 1 4-ounce bar of soap
  • 1 gallon distilled water
  • 6 to 12 drops essential oils per ounce

tools:

  • Cheese grater or knife
  • Large pan
  • Stick blender
  • Soap dispenser

steps:

  1. Grate or cut the soap. Place in a large pot with 1 gallon water..
  2. Turn the heat to high and bring to a boil. Once it's boiling, turn down the heat to medium and stir while the soap dissolves.
  3. Turn off the heat and let the soap sit overnight to gel. It should be a thick gel in the morning.
  4. Use a stick blender to mix well.
  5. Pour into a container and refill your soap dispensers as needed.

NOTES:

For best results, use a bar of castille soap, African black soap, Dove, or cold process soap.

Add 6-12 drops of essential oils per ounce of soap.
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