While making soap from soap seems like a confusing concept, it is actually an awesome concept. What you are doing is taking a single bar of soap (and who actually prefers using bar soap? Not this girl, that is for sure) and magically transforming it into over a gallon of liquid soap. Genius, yes?
First off, let’s give credit where credit is due. We got this “soap recipe” from The Farmer’s Next. And here are the main characters of the show:
Secondly, let’s talk about making soap. First you need to choose your bar of soap. This is an important step, not to be taken lightly. If you are making enough liquid soap to last a year (slight exaggeration. I think. I never was good at estimating) you should probably get some soap that you love the way it smells. After striking out in our quest for Mrs. Myers bar soap, we opted for a Lime Basil scent of this fancy looking soap called South of France (made on the East coast. Which I guess is probably technically south of France). We picked it up from our local Fresh and Natural store. If you don’t have a local Fresh and Natural store, don’t despair. Bar soap is actually sold pretty much everywhere. Worldwide. If you don’t live near any stores at all, still don’t despair. Just stop by the neighbors and take their bar soap.
Now add a gallon of water and 2 tablespoons of glycerin to your pot. Put the pot on your stove over medium high heat. Stir. When the soap dissolves, turn off the heat and trust that your soapy looking water will magically transform itself into liquid soap in the next 10-12 hours as it cools.
We considered setting our alarms for 3am to see the finished product. Ok, that is a lie. We joked about it, but did not actually consider this a valid option. Bonus: in the meantime, your house will smell super clean. Like lime basil. Unless you chose a different scent. Then it will smell like that scent instead.
After work the next day, I came how to discover that the soap was now a strange consistency – not fully liquid, not fully solid. One of science’s more profound mysteries. I used my hand mixer to whip it back into soapy condition, then funneled it into storage containers.
After a week of washing my hands with this soap, I am happy to report my hands are a clean success story. The only tricky part is that the soap, according to the Farmer’s Nest, is a “snot-like consistency” which is a gross way of saying that it doesn’t like to leave the rest of the soap and come into your hand, and so you need to kind of pinch it off, or have soap strings follow your hands from the soap dispenser to the running water. But if that is your biggest problem, it is worth it, considering how much money you are saving by not purchasing bottles of soap, and how many awesome points you earn by being able to say, “oh, that soap? Yeah, I made it. kind of.”