For the past few months, I’ve been tinkering with making liquid soap. I’ve made a few batches that I haven’t been very pleased with. Some have been grainy, some to runny, and in some – the ingredients didn’t mix together!
So here’s I recipe that I found and I’m pretty happy with! Hope you enjoy.
- Water (distilled) -12 cups
- Soap (bar) – approx. 4.8 oz (1 bar will normally do the trick)
- Glycerin – 1.5 tablespoons
- Grate your soap into a glass container or metal pot – avoid teflon or non-stick. (I used a regular grater, but I am sure that a food processor would work just as well – or better!)
- Once all the soap is grated, put your soap in a double boiler.
- Add in water (you may want to reserve a cup or two depending on the thickness that you want your soap)
- Let soap/water heat up, stirring occasionally, but not too vigoursly or your mixture will develop lots of bubbles
- When all soap has dissolved (and this can take a LONG time), take it off the heat and add in glycerin.
- I covered mine overnight – but it might thicken better if you don’t cover it. I ended up leaving it uncovered for an additional 24 hours before I bottled it.
- Bottle it!
- Add essential oils. I chose Lavender for myself and the Spicy Bay Rum mixture for my husband’s batch. A few drops are all you need – just make sure to shake it up.
- My soap is too thin!
- First – try letting soap sit longer in the open air. Make sure it to leave it sit for at least 48 hours before bottling
- If that doesn’t work – heat soap on double boiler and add more grated soap to the mixture. let the mixture sit for an additional 24 hours, uncovered.
- If THAT doesn’t work – heat up the mixture again, add in more soap and 1/2 tablespoon glycerin
- My soap is too thick!
- Heat soap on a double boiler, add in 1 cup of water, depending on how thick your soap is. Then let the soap sit, uncovered, for 24 hours.
- My ingredients seperated!
- If it is a mild seperation, try whisking the ingredients together (I had to do this with my first batch, and it worked really well)
- If all of the ingredients seperated, heat the mixture. It is possible that you took the mixture off the heat too early. Let the mixture cool, uncovered, for 24 hours.
- If that doesn’t work, try heating the mixture up again. Add in 1-2 more tablespoons of glycerin.