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We all have our own likes and dislikes, when it comes to making swaps to live more zero waste, there are also changes that can be a deal breaker.

Bars of soap for my partner has been one of these swaps and to be honest, I understand it. When I was a young girl I used to get freaked out at hair being left on soap bars from previous users, years of looking after my own children and then working in healthcare, has now stopped me being squeamish at anything so I’m over this. However, for many others it can be what stops someone from swapping from plastic filled liquid soap full of ingredients we can’t pronounce to something more environmentally friendly.

It’s not just this though, some people find it difficult to clean with soap bars due to disabilities too and children can find it difficult to wash their hands too if the bar is too big for their hands (you can cut bars up but risk losing them with kids around the bathroom).

The solution? Make your own liquid soap using your own existing bar of soap.

We have a simple recipe here that you can tweak to suit your own needs, as it may depend on the oil quantity of your soap bar.

This also works for dish soap and shampoo bars although we would recommend leaving the olive oil and alcohol out for your hair as it can be rather drying.

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Liquid Soap Recipe

You will need:

  • Bar of soap
  • Pot
  • Grater
  • Spoon
  • Water
  • Olive Oil ( optional)
  • Alcohol (optional)
  1. Grate your bar of soap into a bowl, you can cut your bar up if this makes it easier
  2. Bring double the amount (soap in size) of water to the boil in your pot and then allow to simmer
  3. Slowly add your grated soap into the pot bit by bit, and stir to make sure the soap flakes melt completely and evenly in the pot
  4. This is optional – add in a tablespoon or two of olive oil to help assist consistency and keeping the soap liquidised in the bottle
  5. Once cooled, decant your soap into a pump soap bottle – Optional – you can add a shot of alcohol to your soap mix to make it antibacterial if you prefer.

Every few times you wash your hands, shake up the bottle to make sure your liquid soap doesn’t split or solidify over time.


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