Yesterday I did something I’d been wanting to do for quite a while already but somehow never got around to.

There was always an excuse a reason why I couldn’t possibly do it. I had no recipe. I was too busy. I didn’t have the right ingredients. I had no time. I was too tired. I didn’t have the proper tools.

Truth is, I was being a chicken.

I’d never done anything like this before, and I was simply afraid I’d mess up. So even though I really wanted to do this, I kept finding excuses.

In reality, there are a gazillion recipes out there, I used just two simple ingredients and no special tools at all. It wasn’t really all that much work, and even though the whole process took a lot of time, most of that time was spent “waiting” – or rather doing other things, like reading, playing with the cats, and having a good time with my husband and daughters.

Soap. I made my own liquid hand soap.

The only ingredients I used, were a bar of soap (100 g.) and about 1½ l. water.

My tools were a chopping board, a grater, a measuring cup, a saucepan, a large bowl, a spoon, a whisk and a funnel.

I grated the bar of soap, placed the grated soap in the saucepan and added about 1½ l. boiling water. I kept the mixture close to a boil, stirring all the while, until all the soap had dissolved. Next, I removed my hot soapy water from the heat and left it to cool – with the lid on, so Shimi (my sometimes extremely stupid red cat) wouldn’t be tempted to try and drink it.

This morning, when my liquid soap had cooled completely, I added some more boiled water, as it wasn’t quite liquid enough to my liking. As at this stage I needed to whisk my liquid soap, I transferred it to my mixing bowl, because the saucepan wasn’t big enough to allow for whisking. Not without spilling at least half of my soap anyway.

When I was satisfied with the look and feel of my liquid hand soap, I poured it through a funnel into my soap dispenser. I also filled up one small glass jar and three large ones, which I stored for later use.

Pretty, isn’t it?

And BTW, it also smells nice, and feels soft on my dry and sensitive skin.


About Liam

Poet, writer, aspiring minimalist
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4 Responses to Soap

  1. Leah says:

    Thank you Nancy.


  2. Very nice…Thanks so much for sharing on Project Inspire{d}:) Pinning!


  3. Leah says:

    Good luck! I hope yours turns out just as good as mine.


  4. Wendy says:

    Brilliant – I will be trying this tomorrow – I actually just realised I am out of soap… LOL


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