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DIY Liquid Body Wash

Posted by Angela Diaz on January 22, 2014 at 8:50 PM

      Last week we ran out of bars of soap.  Me being the cheapskate that I am, keep all the little pieces of soap bars that are too small to wash with. You know the ones I'm talking about. You usually throw them out.  I have a container in the bathroom that we toss them into.  Why? Well, they are still soap.  Usually, I take all of those little pieces, soak them all in a small bowl with a little water until they are soft and pliable.  I then squeeze them all together and form them into one big bar of soap.  Yes...I'm that badass. LOL.  Well, this time, I wanted to try out a new DIY liquid body wash recipe that I found online, so I didn't squish them together to form a new bar of soap.  So here's what I did:

Ingredients:

1 bar of soap (I hear Dove doesn't work well with this recipe, I use Ivory) I figured I had about a bar's worth in my little stash

2 tablespoons of liquid Glycerin (got mine at CVS for like four bucks)

1 gallon of milk

All you really do is use a cheese grater to grate the soap. Put the gallon of water, soap shavings, and two tablespoons of Glycerin in a large pot on the stove. Cook and stir constantly over medium heat until all the soap is disolved and you end up with hot soapy water. My little helper loved this part of the job.

Cover and let sit over night. It will change from hot soapy water to...well, a thick, gloppy substance.

I used a blender to break up the solid-like goopy mass.  I poured it into an empty milk gallon container using my home-made funnel (an old soda bottle with the top part cut off...did I mention I'm a cheapskate bad-ass?).


I had to change the name on the gallon from liquid body wash to Slimy Body Gloop.  My oldest daughter (and toughest critic) told me that it looks like and has the consistency of....discharge. That is going to haunt me every time I use this stuff.  I filled an old shampoo bottle with this concoction to keep in the shower to dispense the liquid (gloopy) wash onto wash cloths. 


     My opinion on this recipe? Mmmm. It's okay.  It does the job, but yes, when it comes out of the shampoo bottle it's slimy gooey stuff.  Kind of like egg whites, LOL.  It doesn't make suds and lather, but it smells soapy and feels pretty nice.  I'll use up this batch because, again, I'm a cheapskate, but I will be trying another recipe for liquid body wash next time.


Categories: Sustainability/Money/Frugal Living, Old-Fashioned Ways

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