So a few months ago I moved in with my girlfriend and boyfriend who are trying to become more green and self sufficient. I jumped on the boat a few weeks ago after reading World War Z and watching the BBC series "It's not Easy Being Green". I also lived in Kentucky last year when we had the huge ice storm and was without electricity for 17 days, not really that big of a deal but at the time we had no idea when the power would come back on. So having the knowledge of being more self sufficient and green would not hurt at all.
So Stephanie had already been making her own laundry detergent when I moved in but today we ventured to make some dish liquid soap.
Here are the photos I took of the part of the process.
This is the "artistic" shot of the cute bottle
Stephie mixing the soap
The amount we got out of it.
And one last "artistic" shot.
So here is the recipe and instructions! Stephie got the recipe off of lizzylanefarm.wordpress.com
1 gallon of warm water
2 cups of shredded bar soap (we used Ivory)
Large pot (we used an enamel canning pot)
2 Tbl. liquid glycerin
1/2 cup lemon juice
2-5 drops Essential Oil (We used Geranium)
5 drops of Tea Tree Oil (Antibacterial)
1. Mix warm water and soap flakes in a large pot. Dissolve the soap flakes in the water on the stove over low heat. Continually stir the mix while it is heating.
2. Stir in glycerin and remove from heat.
3. Let cool until almost room temperature and then add lemon juice.
4. Mix in your favorite essential oil and tea tree oil.
5. Pour the mixture into bottles and shake well. We used an old dish bottle, ketchup bottle, glass hot sauce bottles, and some odd bottle. (Stephie has quite a collection.)
We have yet to use it because our shower broke while we were making it and had to turn off the water so our man could fix the shower. LOL. Maybe the soap making jinxed the shower....
Today we also bought everything to make homemade soap which will be the next adventure!
I would love to hear any other recipes anyone might have.