Liquid recycled soap
A couple of years ago I switched to using solid soaps (even solid shampoo) in an effort to bring down my carbon footprint. The argument was that when buying liquid soap mainly water gets moved around. I never knew exactly just how much water liquid soap actually contains, but I thought that it must be a lot.
Sadly I could not convince my family of this advantage. So we still have lots of liquid soap bottles, which my husband buys at a discounter and the packaging ends up in the recycling bin. I am not happy with this.
On the other hand we still have a good collection of little soaps, which we brought back from hotels in the distant past...
When I stumbled across Sara Tetreault's recipe for liquid soap I decided to recycle those bits of old solid soap into new liquid soap to keep my family happy and my environmental conscience clean.
So I slightly adapted Sara's great recipe to:
- 70 g of shredded solid soap (use a cheese grater to shred it)
- 1 Tbsp of glycerine (from our local drug store; can also be used for soap bubble mix)
- 1 tsp of olive oil
- 5 drops of an aromatic oil ("Millefiori"), which I once got as a freebie with some cosmetics
- 2 litres of tap water
- Easy and fun to do
- Very frugal (cost me a few cents for 2 litres of liquid soap)
- Taught me that about 95% of liquid soap is actually water, which I now get out of our tap instead of having it shipped all over the place in a disposable soap container
- None of my family have noticed the difference!