I recently ran out of hand soap and decided that rather than buy more, I’d just rinse out the soap bottle and pump and make my own. It’s super easy to make your own soap using the stumpy remnants of bar soap (you know, the little sliver that’s a little too big to throw away but too small to really use) or little hotel bars.
- 1/3 cup grated hand soap
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons glycerin
- 5 dashes lavender essential oil
- 5 dashes peppermint essential oil
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Take your soap slivers and grate using a cheese grater until you’ve got about 1/3 of a cup. Add to 1 cup of just boiling water and turn off heat. Stir until soap is totally melted and add glycerine and essential oils (you can of course modify these to smell however you’d like). Use a funnel to transfer warm liquid soap to soap bottle. As it cools, it will thicken.
Place the bottle on your sink and delight in your tingly-smelling fingers and home-making ingenuity. DELIGHT!