Friday, November 5, 2010
Frugal Liquid Soap
That may sound like a small thing, but I'd already worked out my budget, so even the few dollars to buy more right now would have pinched. I do have a stash of bar soap I hardly ever use... I really hate the way it goops up, hate how it feels as the bar starts to get old.
But - that made this not a crisis, but an irritation. It wasn't like we were doomed to a life without the ability to wash our hands.
I thought about it a bit, and realized that the quality I dislike (the way it melts into a gross mess when it gets wet) should allow me to turn it into liquid soap. And hey... if it didn't work, I wasn't any worse off than I was.
I looked over my stash of bar soap... plenty of Ivory soap, and various mini facial soaps from hotels. I had no idea how much I might need to fill my now-empty pump bottle of Soft Soap, but I guessed, and took one bar of Ivory, and 2 travel facial soaps. I took out a mixing bowl, tossed the smaller bars into the bowl, and started to shave the bar of Ivory into the bowl with the small bars.
And then I got bored, and just dumped the rest of the bar of Ivory into the bowl without breaking it up. (don't do that unless you've got lots of time). I added hot water to cover the soap, and left the bowl be for about a day, stirring and mashing with a whisk whenever I came into the kitchen.
After 24 hours, I had a large amount of creamy liquid soap with some large chunks from the bars still hanging out, so I got a strainer and poured the liquid through the strainer - the resulting soap feels like silk. I used a rolled up silicon hot pad to create a funnel, and poured the strained soap into the bottle - about a cup of soap was left over, so back into the bowl with the soap chunks it went.
I covered the remaining chunks again with hot water to cover, and then put that into a leftover spaghetti sauce jar to finish melting - when I use up the soap in my dispenser, I'll use this to replace it, straining again if need be. After three days, I can still see some Ivory floating at the top, and shake up the jar whenever it occurs to me.
This was a frugal SCORE - cost was nothing, it gets rid of soap bars that just take up space, recycles two containers that would otherwise be trash, and will allow me not to have to add soft soap to my budget for...well, forever.
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