Bar Soap to Liquid Soap

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This is a great idea for Frugalistas to try. Stop buying liquid hand soap. Make your own for a fraction of the cost and customize it to your liking. Start with this small batch recipe to get a feel for things.

Inspired by a post on Savvy Housekeeping:

Yield: 1 litre of liquid soap — cost 50¢!

1/2 bar of pure soap, grated (about 1 cup)
- must use real soap, nothing with moisturizer already added, try Ivory

5 cups hot water
- no need for it to be boiling, just warm enough so it will melt soap shavings

1 T glycerin
- easy to find at the drugstore in the pharmacy section

1 T oil
- you can use coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil, the choice is yours

1 T dish soap
- this helps to create some lather

Grate 1/2 bar of soap and put shavings into a large heat-proof bowl.
Add hot water to bowl and gently whisk until soap has dissolved.
Pour in glycerin, oil, and dish soap.
Whisk gently to incorporate.
Let your soap cool — this will take at least TWO HOURS.
Whisk again and you should notice things have thickened up to a "snot" consistency.
Use a funnel to pour liquid soap into an existing dispenser.
Store leftovers for another day.

Tip: shake the dispenser every so often, it seems to help with lather and keeps things incorporated, and if things get too thick, add a touch of water.

Optional: you can add a few drops of essential oil to the mix if you'd like a customized scent.