Getting Crafty – Liquid Hand Soap

chef's journal   Sometimes my kitchen needs to be used for more than just food. Being snowed in so much this winter, I’ve been wanting to do some other experiments. Back when I worked at Whole Foods Market, we often had promotions for this amazing bar soap by Alaffia called Good Soap. It’s all natural and loaded with shea butter goodness. The only problem – I’m not a bar soap kind of gal. I like liquid hand soaps and body washes. Thanks to my Pinterest obsession, I figured out how to convert these lovely bars to creamy liquid-y hand soap. All you really need is a 1:12 ratio of soap to water. If the results are too thick, just add a bit more water. The process is easy, but there is a lot of resting, so this project will take you about 12-36 hours.

I weighed a bar of soap to figure out how much water I would need. I used 3 bars of soap, so approximately 45 ounces of soap. Rather than using 540 ounces of water, I started with a gallon of water and rolled the dice. Actually, my math was bad and I estimated a gallon and a half of water forgetting about the other two bars LOL

I weighed a bar of soap to figure out how much water I would need. I used 3 bars of soap, so approximately 45 ounces of soap. Rather than using 540 ounces of water, I started with a gallon of water and rolled the dice. Actually, my math was bad and I estimated a gallon and a half of water forgetting about the other two bars LOL

You can grate or chop up the soap. I was surprised how easily this crumbled.

You can grate or chop up the soap. I was surprised how easily this crumbled.

Soap crumbles ready to mate with water.

Soap crumbles ready to mate with water.

Simmer the soap with water until soap is fully dissolved in one soapy solution. I am sorry this is not more exciting.

Simmer the soap with water until soap is fully dissolved in one soapy solution. I am sorry this is not more exciting.

Allow mixture to sit for 12 hours. It should NOT be one gelatinous bar of soap like this. I ended up adding another half gallon of water, simmering again, and letting it sit about another 12 hours - a total of 1.5 gallons and a day of work.

Allow mixture to sit for 12 hours. It should NOT be one gelatinous bar of soap like this. I ended up adding another half gallon of water, simmering again, and letting it sit about another 12 hours – a total of 1.5 gallons and a day of work.

This yields a fuckload of soap. And cleaning the dishes is easy!

This yields a fuckload of soap. And cleaning the dishes is easy!

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