Homemade liquid soap can be easy or hard to make. I'm going to talk about how to make homemade soap the easy way, since most of us don't have the time, ingredients or equipment to get into the tricky way.
Making homemade soap is an economical way to take care of your family's health without harsh chemicals, toxic fillers and hormone-disrupting fragrances.
The homemade soap recipes I've included here use essential oils to power up their germ-killing powers, plus they smell wonderful and give your energy and spirits a lift every time you use them. They may even get your little ones to wash their hands without complaining!
This homemade soap recipe makes a liquid soap that's cloudy white in color. It's gentle but effective, and you can scent it with a number of different antibacterial essential oils.
1/2 cup finely grated Glycerin Soap bar
5 cups water
1/2 tablespoon Vegetable Glycerin
1/2 teaspoon (2 capsules) vitamin E
30 drops Essential Oil (see below for blends)
Here's a few ideas for mood-lifting, stress-reducing, germ-killing essential oil blends for your homemade soap recipes.
25 drops each lavender and lemon essential oils
25 drops peppermint, 15 drops orange, 5 drops eucalyptus OR lemongrass, 1 drop each rose geranium and ylang ylang
30 drops lavender, 10 drops orange, 5 drops cinnamon OR clove
Caution: this blend may irritate sensitive skin
15 drops each lemon, lemongrass and tea tree essential oils. Add 1 drop of ylang ylang if you like a hint of sweetness.
You can control the consistency of your homemade liquid soap by changing the amount of water you use. For a thinner, runnier liquid add more water. Experiment until you get the thickness you want.
If you want to use just one single essential oil, such as lavender, use 30 to 50 drops per recipe. Keep in mind that the citrus oils can increase the risk of sunburn and that some essential oils have other safety concerns. Make sure you do your research! Here's a link to essential oils properties so you can look them up.
You could also try using other types of soap bar to make your soap flakes, such as a nice olive oil or goat's milk soap. You could even try adding a few drops pf food coloring and see what happens (I haven't tried this, so I have no idea how it will work.) Play with the recipe until you create your own unique masterpiece!
You can buy a good bar of pure glycerin soap at your pharmacy or supermarket. I buy mine at my local bulk food store. Or you can buy it online from Mountain Rose Herbs, my favorite supplier. Here's some quick links for buying homemade liquid soap ingredients.
Once you've learned how to make homemade soap, you're all set to make your own laundry detergent and dish soap, which work on the same principles. Here's some links to those recipes so you can branch out. Enjoy!