I was excited to try this idea of turning a bar of soap into a gallon of liquid hand soap when I saw it on Pinterest.
For the cost of about one 6 oz. bottle of natural soap, you can make a whole gallon by just adding water, glycerin, and then simmering until thick.
I've had this Trader Joe's Honey and Oatmeal soap for a while. In fact, it's the soap I use for my face because it's so gentle. I stocked up when I was there last and love that (at my last purchase) it is only $2.99 for two bars and lasts a long time! So I decided to use two of these bars (8 oz.) to turn it into liquid hand soap. I didn't grate it because it was much easier to just lightly chop with a knife.
I followed the instructions and we got a gallon of soap. It does have a bit of a snot-like consistency like the site says and you have to make sure it's not too thick so that it can work in a pump. It took much less time to cool and firm than the site said...maybe I simmered it too long.
I'm disappointed that it doesn't lather up the way it does when in bar form. It actually doesn't really lather up at all and I'm kinda stumped as to why (from simmering too long?). Perhaps a different soap would work better. Hopefully, it's still getting us clean. At least it looks cute in my mason jar dispenser (which, by the way, was not a Pinterest idea)! Oh, and if anyone can tell me what to do about the powdery stuff all over the pot that's attempting to grow my rosary plant up in that picture, please let me know. I'm pretty sure that's not a good thing. Someday I will get a house plant to thrive. Someday.
So happy Mardi Gras! It'll be pancakes for dinner tonight by tradition and the boys will be thrilled. Go on and click on the link below to head over to Sarah's and see what others are pinning down!