When you use a bar of soap over a period of time, you end up with an unusable small piece of it. These small pieces, also called soap scraps, usually get thrown away or can end up falling into your shower drain and clogging it. Instead of wasting these scraps, save money by repurposing them into liquid soap. Use any types of soap, save up the scraps and make yourself a luxurious, customized liquid hand or body soap.
Things You'll Need
- 1 cup soap scraps
- 1 1/2 qt. distilled water
- 1 tbsp. glycerin
- Food processor (optional)
- 3 qt. pot
- 2 qt. resealable container
- Stick blender
- 5 drops essential oil
- 1 tbsp. honey
- Empty soap pump container
Chop the soap scraps with a knife or in a food processor to produce small pieces or flakes of soap. Remeasure to make sure you still have 1 cup of soap. Save any excess pieces for another batch of liquid soap.
Add the soap flakes, water and glycerin into the pot. Heat the ingredients over a low flame, stirring occasionally until you have melted all of the soap into the liquid. Stir the liquid, which should have a gel-like consistency and remove from the heat.
Pour the mixture into the resealable container or a large bowl. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature, which may take two to three hours. You can also leave the mixture sit overnight to cool.
Add the honey and five drops of the essential oil of your choice to the cooled mixture. Stir a few times to lightly mix the ingredients.
Whip the mixture using the stick blender, pulsing for 30 seconds at a time until the liquid turns smooth and creamy.
Pour the liquid from the container into an empty soap pump. Save the remainder of the liquid soap and refill the pump as needed.
Tips & Warnings
- If you don't have a stick blender, pour the mixture into a food processor or blender and whip the ingredients together. Transfer the finished product back into the resealable container.
- Use essential oils that complement the existing scent of the soap scraps.
- Photo Credit Bottles/containers of hand wash/handwash. Liquid soap. Hygiene image by L. Shat from Fotolia.com
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