I made this today, it worked really well!
I love the liquid Dr. Bronner's, but it can get costly. As a result, I would use it pretty sparingly. Then my local grocery outlet started carrying a brand of organic liquid castile soap called Seattle Organics. Seattle Organics was made by Ballard Organics specifially to sell in Grocery Outlet stores. It was $4 for 16 oz, and really great stuff. I didn't know when they were going to stop selling it, so I stocked up. I'm still going through my stockpile and I just found out that they went out of business a year ago :(.
So I started looking online to see if I could make it from scratch, if not, I would just go back to Dr. Bronner's. From scratch seemed like way too much work, but then I kept seeing that people were making it from bar soap!
The most used recipe online seems to be one bar of soap (not just castile, any kind but dove), 1 gallon of distilled water, and 2 T glycerine to thicken it. They were winding up with something that had the consistency of snot, but if you blended it with a stick blender or beaters, it got better. I prefer the consistency of the dr bronners (seattle organics is the same), so I omitted the glycerine. I also used half the water because I didn't want to chance it not being concentrated enough (I can always add water). I used a 5oz bar of Dr Bronners hemp almond.
The results is a half a gallon of liquid soap at a cost of $5. The consistency and strength seem to be just about the same as the Seattle Organics.
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I still have two big jars of jello snot :). It didn't work.
So I tried it with kirk's castile soap ($3.50 for 3 bars). 1 bar + 10 cups water + 2 tbsp glycerin. It's perfect. I actually only made 2 cups, in case it turned to snot. I bought a foaming soap dispenser (ok, I bought the generic walmart foaming soap for $1.50, and saved the soap that came with it for the laundry), filled it 1/3 with the liquid soap, 2/3 with water. Foams perfectly!
I figured out that one dispenser-full of foaming soap costs me approximately 12 cents.
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