For years I’ve been singing the praises of bar soap. In blog posts like Our 5 Favourite Personal Care Routine Swaps and Top 10 Easy Changes to Reduce Your Waste, to friends and family and in zero waste Facebook groups. I recognise that there are occasions when a liquid soap is useful though. For household cleaning, for example. I like using bicarb of soda and orange vinegar for cleaning, but sometimes a bit of soap is necessary too. I had been rubbing some soap on my cleaning flannel, but knew a liquid soap would be easier. So I decided to have a go at making some.
I used the recipe from Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson, which has simply two ingredients: grated soap and water.
The method is almost as simple:
- Take a large stockpot or bucket.
- Add one and a half cups of grated soap (I used aleppo soap) to one (US) gallon of warm water.
- Leave to sit overnight.
- In the morning, blend it with a stick blender and then transfer to a liquid soap dispenser.
- Store the remainder in a large jar or bottle until needed.
I halved the quantities for this first attempt and it is a little bit too watery, so I think maybe I added a little bit too much water. However, you can see from the pictures how much of the cube of soap I’ve used. Making liquid soap really makes a bar of soap go a very long way.
If you have a go, let me know how you get on in the comments below.