This morning I finally made use of the heavenly-scented bar of soap I bought way back in October. I knew when I purchased it that I would someday make homemade liquid soap… I just didn’t think it would take this long.
The idea to make this liquid soap originally came from a post I read at LEC’smiscellany. Her method is so easy, it took me less than ten minutes of actual work. First, I measured 16 cups of water into a large pot and set the pot on the stove over high heat. While the water was heating up, I grated my luscious bar of Honeysuckle soap into a bowl.
At this point, I had to convince Violet I wasn’t preparing some yummy cheese dish. She was disappointed. Once the water in the pot started steaming, I poured the grated soap into the pot and stirred it until it was all dissolved. Then I let it cool while I washed dishes and tended to an ever-needy toddler.
This soap will be perfect for us. We’ve been using exponentially more soap since Violet has started potty training (Again. But this time it’s working!). This cost just $3.50 to make nearly a gallon of the stuff (I spilled some…oops) and gives me a fantastic reason to buy more of the wonderful soaps I’m always sniffing at art and craft shows. It has the same consistency of soap that has had a little water added to it to make it stretch a bit longer. Who hasn’t done that before?
We are going into the new year with a new attitude about money. Between saving on diapers (yesss!!!) and saving on soap we are off to a good start. Do you have any other good ideas of how to save money? I’m eager to hear them. Momma needs a new car! 😉