Depending on the brand of your choice, body wash for a year can add up to near $100. Body soap is one of those items that I’ve always wanted to make myself. I was attracted to the idea after I began making my own laundry soap and started looking for other fun DIY’s that would save us money each year. It is so simple with such a great savings you’ll wonder why you haven’t done it before.
What you’ll need:
- 1 Bar Soap ( I use Ivory for the sole reason that it is inexpensive and doesn’t lend itself to one gender or another. Each bar is 3.1 ounces)
- One gallon of water (16 cups)
- 2 tablespoons of liquid glycerin *optional*
- 2 tablespoons of liquid vitamin E oil *optional*
- Essential or fragrance oil * optional* (must be skin friendly for obvious reason. Please be sure to check the label regarding this)
- A big pot (I have a designated soap pot that no longer is used for food)
This time I did not add fragrance or essential oil. I did add the glycerin and vitamin E though because it is winter and after winter comes summer and my skin doesn’t much like either.
Now is when I pull out my inner kitchen witch and have fun.
- Shred bar soap with an old cheese grater or in your food processor. I am squeamish about using the same tools for soaps as I do for food so I recommend having soap only tools. You can typically find used food processors at garage sales or thrift stores inexpensively.
- Add shredded soap to gallon water in the pot on medium heat. You don’t want it to boil or burn. It takes a little time, but simmer it slowly until all of the bar soap is melted.
- After bar soap is melted you can add your glycerin, vitamin E and fragrance oil.
- Pour into container(s) and let sit over night or for 8-10 hours. When you wake up in the morning it will be congealed instead of liquid.
I am storing this batch in our grand kids old fruit punch container. I never complain when their parents leave these at the house. They always come in handy! I am not putting into individual bottles at this time because I cannot find where Mr. S hid all my empty body wash bottles *grin* You can also pour them directly into smaller bottles ready for the shower, however I do recommend waiting the 8-10 hours so that the body soap sets. When you’re ready, give it a good stir and shake and enjoy!
Now for the finances:
- 10 pack of Ivory soap – $4.25 – Used 1 bar for a total of $0.42
- Liquid glycerin – $5.59 – Used 2 table spoons for a total of $1.86
- Liquid vitamin E – $2.00 – Used 2 table spoons for a total of $1.00
Grand total for one gallon of body soap is $3.32
For 24 oz of Ivory Body Wash (that doesn’t have vitamin E or glycerin in it) at Walmart it is $3.47, so a gallon would be $18.50 That is a savings of $15.18 plus soft skin!
If you decide to skip the optional items and simply turn your bar soap into body wash the savings is even greater! In this instance the cost per gallon would be a mere $0.42 offering a savings of $18.08!
Use your favorite soap, compare it to a similar body wash. Add up the savings and enjoy reducing your Co$t of Living.