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« on: January 22, 2010 06:57:54 PM »

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 mixture

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.
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« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2010 07:57:33 PM »

COOLNESS!! thanks for sharing..

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« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2010 08:52:12 PM »

That is so cool! Good idea!
World War Z is such a good book! Have you read the zombie survival guide? It definitely prepares you for a zombie apocalypse haha.

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« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2010 10:49:21 PM »

Very cool! Please report back how it works and stuff! I hate commercial dish soap and never really thought about making it!

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« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2010 12:48:29 PM »

You know, I feel silly now. As often as I have made laundry soap in the past, why did it never occur to me to make dish soap?  Roll Eyes

I love the bottles and the artistic shots. What a GREAT housewarming gift that would make!

And World War Z is a great book. Who knew Mel Brooks's son would end up being so talented, too? Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2010 11:41:25 AM »

Wow! I love it!  i definitely want to try making this now!!  I always want to play with soap and the like, but I'm not yet brave enough to delve into the world of lye! 

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« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2010 09:39:26 AM »

Since our washing machine broke I have been hand washing and paying out a lot of money. I am so going to try this! Thanks for posting it.

« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2010 05:16:19 AM »

have you been able to use the soap? I was wondering how it turned out!

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« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2010 11:01:54 AM »

Where would one purchase liquid glycerin??

« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2010 12:02:02 PM »

In Chicago I was able to purchase it at Whole Foods in the bath/body section. If you live near a Whole Foods, it's by the natural sleep aids. Mine was hidden on a bottom shelf!

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« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2010 07:28:50 AM »

Awesome, Thanks!  I was hoping for a store to look in rather than online...I hate shipping costs!!

« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2010 10:11:19 AM »

I also want to know if this worked out for you. I tried making dish soap with a different recipe and it came out really crappy. It left a film on all the dishes and after some time it got hard in the bottle.
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« Reply #12 on: April 22, 2010 12:50:51 PM »

Wow, this is fantastic!  Thanks for sharing your tut!  When our store-bought stuff runs out, I'll definitely be trying this... I think we probably have enough soap to spare in the house.

Also, seconding (fourthing?) the cheers for World War Z.  Loved that book!

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« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2010 06:45:23 PM »

Thank you all for the comments! The thing with this soap is you have to use a lot and it doesn't suds too much but it works. You also have to use it within 2 weeks or it will start to go bad. I also bought my glycerin at Wal-mart.

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« Reply #14 on: April 22, 2010 09:18:08 PM »

If no luck getting it at Whole Foods or Wal-Mart, Michaels carries it in the cake decorating department. I have a queston though. I made my own dish soap once and thought the glycerine made my hands feel slimy. Does heating it make a difference? Thanks!
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« Reply #15 on: May 01, 2010 06:44:05 PM »

What an awesome idea. I should give that a try sometime.  Smiley

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« Reply #16 on: June 02, 2010 12:04:46 PM »

Thanks for sharing the recipe.  I definately want to try it.

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