Monday, October 17, 2011

31 Days: Day 16 - Scruba-Dub-Dub

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First I want to apologize for not having a post on Sunday (again).  My daughter was home from college this weekend.  We hadn't seen her in two months, so I spent the time with her.  I will try to do a double post at some point or just tack a day on at the end.  

Yesterday evening, after Jamie had left to return to college,  I made my own liquid hand soap.  It was really easy.  I found the recipe on Pinterest.

All you need is 1 cup of grated soap (pressed down), 1 tablespoon of glycerine (available at drugstores), and 10 cups of hot water.

I just added the glycerine and water to the bowl that I shaved the soap in and microwaved it, rather than heated it on the stove, so I'd have less dishes to wash. 

I did some other things a bit differently.  Sera used Mrs. Meyers soap; I used what I had on hand, which was Ivory.  Like she recommended, I used the blender, but I found it made it super foamy.  I left it on the counter overnight and it got so thick I thought it was ruined, but when I stirred it, it became liquid again. The foam had dried, so I gently stirred it back into the liquid.  I don't think the blending was necessary. 

I did not double the glycerine and soap like she did. My bar of soap was the smaller 3.1 oz size that made about 1 1/4 cup of soap, so I just used it all and it turned out fine.  It made about 10 1/3 cups of soap.  My son loves Arnold lemon tea, so his girlfriend got him this huge gallon jug of it.  The empty container was perfect to store the soap in.

I usually buy Great Value refill soap in the 64 oz size.  It runs $3.68 and lasts us about a month.  This recipe made about 83 ounces for about $1.00 or $0.77 cents for the equivalent amount of my store bought soap.  Ounce for ounce my savings will be $2.91 a month or $34.92 a year.  Not huge, but it's all the little things that really add up.

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  1. i did this last month just because i wanted to use up the half-used turnned out well

  2. Hi Deborah! This is great! I need to catch up with everything. I hope you enjoyed your weekend with your daughter and have fun with Debbie if you get to meet up today, I wish I was coming. :( Hopefully another time.

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  4. Oops I posted it twice, sorry. Not sure what happened there. :)


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