Liquid Hand Soap and Liquid Dishwashing Soap
By Barbara Oseland BOseland
Going on the home made train. Trying when I can to make the items used every day for a fraction of the cost. I have seen so many laundry detergent, dishwashing soaps, fabric softeners, beauty skin care and natural things to keep the critters away. I looked up a few myself and thought I would post some.
4oz bar soap or 4oz of plain soap flakes (can be found online at msodistributing.com or can try to find at your local store)
water (or strained herbal tea, which adds a nice mild scent)
scented oil (optional for dishes and/or hands)
honey (optional for hands)
vinegar (for dishwashing - goes into dish water, not soap)
containers for 64 oz storage, make sure they are labeled
1Grate the bar soap with a cheese grater (freezing the soap beforehand may make this easier) while you heat the water or tea in a large pot until it starts to steam. Take the pot off the stove, add the soap gratings and essential oil, if using, and mix well with a wire whisk or an immersion blender. Let sit for 8 to 12 hours. If the mixture is not completely uniform, mix it well again and let it sit for another 8 to 12 hours. Put your finished liquid soap into an empty wine bottle and top it with a metal pour spout. Store any extras in a glass bottle or jug.
2This liquid soap will not make suds like most commercial soap liquids. That doesn’t mean it won't do a good job, just that it doesn’t contain the chemicals manufacturers add to make it foam.
FOR DISHWASHING: Add ¼ cup or more of white vinegar as needed to your dish water to help cut grease, especially if your water is hard.