I have a confession to make. This is actually my first DIY project, but I do have TONS of recipes that I want to try out! This first project was some homemade hand soap/body wash. I will post the recipe as well as the link to the original website where I got it from. For my batch I used some really generic literally no name soap that some volunteers gave me last year after my house was destroyed by a tornado, but I really don’t suggest using it. If you’re going to use this recipe, I would recommend going with Yardley bar soap like the lady who I got the recipe off of. Mine just ended up looking really weird, but still useable so far! Anyway, I will go ahead and post the recipe!
1 cup soap flakes (one bar yields a little over 1.5 cups, so I stored the rest of my soap in an air tight container)
10 cups water
1 TBS glycerine (you can either get this at your local drug store, or by the pharmacy at Wal-Mart, where I got mine)
a large pot
measuring cup and spoons
spatula for stirring
a soap container with a hand pump
a container to store the excess soap
1. Grate the soap.
Just an FYI, if you haven’t figured out from my first paragraph, the soap is kind of a wild card because of quality and ingredients. Also, the grated soap will look like Parmesan. As tasty as it looks, I wouldn’t suggest eating it. 😉 lol
This is the soap that I used. I wouldn’t suggest using it. Like I said, my soap looks kind of weird and lumpy, even after I tried to break it up. Oh well, live and learn right? I would suggest using Yardley like the original poster did. Hers looks so much prettier than mine! lol
2. In a large pot, combine your ingredients. Turn on your stove to medium-low heat until soap dissolves. This takes around 2 minutes.
3. Let cool completely. Once it’s cooled, pour soap into a container with the funnel! Enjoy, and hopefully you do a better job at this one than I did! 🙂
As promised, here is the link to the original recipe:
EDIT 5/30/2012: I looked at my body wash again today, just for S&G’s I guess, and it looks a lot more like the body wash in the original recipe now. *whew!* If you want a good lather, I would suggest using a dispenser for foaming soap. But if you don’t use that, don’t worry if it’s not lathering, it’s still doing its job! 🙂