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« on: December 15, 2007 08:39:18 PM »

Use this green clean recipe to make your own natural liquid soap. Natural liquid soap is a convenient cleaning choice for a green lifestyle.
You can make your own natural liquid soap easily. You can also customize your liquid soap with herbs and other natural ingredients. Your homemade liquid soap can be used for different green cleaning jobs at home. Natural liquid soap is an important in green cleaning because it replaces harsh detergents.

Slice or grate a four-ounce bar of natural soap. If you are grating the soap, be very careful not to hurt your hands on the grater as it can take a good deal of pressure to grate soap. Heat one gallon of distilled water. One gallon equals 128 ounces or 16 cups. The water does not have to boil; the water should get heated enough to steam. This temperature is sufficient to melt the sliced or grated soap.

When the distilled water is almost boiling, add the grated or sliced soap. Remove the mixture from the heat. The soap will melt on its own at this point. You just need to come back to it in about fifteen minutes to stir it up. Use a hand mixer if you have one handy. Stir until the soap is completely melted and let sit overnight. The next day, check the soap mixture for complete melting and blending. Blend one more time and let set for ten minutes and then blend again. The liquid soap should now be thickened and ready to use.

For personal use, you can customize your liquid soap by making a strong herbal brew such as green tea or peppermint to add to the water base. Green tea is a skin tonic with antioxidants and peppermint offers a lively and revitalizing scent. You can also add a tablespoon of aloe vera gel to the cooled mixture for its skin soothing qualities. Another fine addition would be two teaspoons of honey for its skin nourishing and protecting benefits. Add two teaspoons of coconut oil for a boost to the lather and for its skin conditioning qualities. You can add two teaspoons of any vegetable oil to the mixture for skin softening effects. You can also use natural liquid soap instead of oil in a body scrub recipe.

You can also use your liquid soap in many ways around the house. You could place it in a hand pump dispenser for easy use near the sink. Another idea is to place one or two drops in a spray bottle of warm water and use it as a general cleaning spray. You can clean fine washables in liquid soap because it does not contain harsh detergents. Your liquid soap can be used on any washable surface.

Making your own liquid soap is a less expensive and a convenient alternative to purchasing already prepared liquid soap. You can easily customize your liquid soap with your favorite herbs and other natural skin soothing ingredients. You will be able to use your liquid soap for a variety of both personal and household uses.

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« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2007 07:34:35 PM »

Thanks! this is a lovely idea.  Smiley
I'm itching to make thyme liquid soap, with all the extra thyme from my herb garden now!

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« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2007 09:20:44 PM »

Oh poo.. Cry   camera not working or i could post a pic of the soap i had made & used using recyled plastic squeeze bottles so the soap would pour out... right now i did peppermint aong with the honey, coconut oil & aloe vera gel...  nothing like peppermint to put you in the holiday mood... plus my kids are using it too as a bubble bath & hand washing soap too... so i know i will go throught this gallon in a couple weeks...  but hey it is worth it... next time i am going to try using a different so i don't get bored of the same scent so now i am on the look out for differnt flavor teas to try..
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« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2008 08:55:00 PM »

This is a great idea, thanks!
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2008 09:58:00 PM »

Thanks so much posting this!  My kids go through so much soap in the bathroom and I would love to make this for them.  Awesome ideas.

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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2008 08:02:30 PM »

How do you use the tea to add the scent? I love this idea, i'm allergic to soy and finding soap is difficult sometimes, the best thing i've found it bath and body works, but that get expensive. Do you put the tea bags in the water as the soap melts? I'm really excited about this and really want to try it.
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« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2008 12:11:09 AM »

I think I'd boil the teabags, fish them out THEN add the soap! Unless I wanted chunks in my liquid soap, of course. Wink

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« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2008 02:53:26 PM »

Thanks so much for this!  i've been trying to figure it out.

yay.  off to liquefy some of my scraps.


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« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2008 07:23:56 PM »

Thanks for sharing. I've been buying all natural liquid soap base and adding scent and/or color from there. This looks like a good alternative. I love trying new recipes!

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« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2008 09:11:45 AM »

So this stays thick/liquidy? I think whenever I've tried making liquid soap from soap shreds I've had bad luck with it separating, but I always used much smaller portions of water to soap, maybe just a couple cups of water to 4 oz of soap, so I will have to try your recipe.

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