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  1. Shelly
    March 14, 2012

    Well I may have to try this recipe. I have in the past made my own bar soap but I have not tried to make liquid
    hand soap. I had a book but it was very complicated in its instructions, this looks like it would definitely be doable. Thanks for posting the recipe.

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    • Sandra
      March 14, 2012

      You are welcome, Shelly! This recipe was very easy. The hardest part was the waiting for it to set.

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  2. Patty
    March 15, 2012

    So cool, sandra! I just may have to try this!

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    • Sandra
      March 15, 2012

      You should, Patty! It was super easy.

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  3. Gina H
    March 15, 2012

    Looks like it made a lot, What did you end up storing it in?

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    • Sandra
      March 15, 2012

      Hi Gina!

      It did make a whole gallon. We ended up storing it in a container my husband purchased from Menards, I think. We could have used a clean milk jug, but hubby wanted to use the container instead. The container comes with a lid that keeps it tightly sealed.

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  4. Erin @ My Mommy World
    March 15, 2012

    This sounds so awesome! I will definitely have to try it out, especially since we are almost out of hand soap :) Thanks so much for sharing the recipe :)

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    • Sandra
      March 15, 2012

      Thanks, Erin!

      It was SO easy. And it’s hard to beat a whole gallon of hand soap using only 3 ingredients.

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  5. Erin @ My Mommy World
    March 15, 2012

    This sounds so awesome! I will definitely have to try it out, especially since we are almost out of hand soap. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe :)

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  6. Shelly @ Coupon Teacher
    March 15, 2012

    Thanks for linking up to Thrifty Thursday! My mother in law was trying to figure this out, so I can send it to her too!

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    • Sandra
      March 15, 2012

      Thanks, Shelly!

      I hope your mother-in-law enjoys the recipe. :-)

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  7. Connie
    June 28, 2012

    Hi – justy wondering where you got your labels for your soap.

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    • Sandra
      July 6, 2012

      Hi Connie,

      Thanks for stopping by! I actually just recycled an old soap container in the picture for my first batch of soap. I now use reusable hand soap dispensers that my family can simply refill over and over again. We got the reusable/refillable soap dispensers on clearance at Target.

      I found that using the dispensers also helps the soap to dispense less runny.

      I’m looking forward to making another batch soon and thinking about creating a video to show how I make it. :-)

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  8. Janette
    February 3, 2013

    Can’t wait to try this, but I have a silly question – where do you buy glyicerin at??

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    • Sandra
      February 3, 2013

      Hi Janette! That is totally not a silly question. :) I had the same question when I first wanted to make homemade soap. I’ve bought glycerin both at craft stores like Michael’s and at Hobby Lobby. Others say they’ve found it at the grocery store, but I haven’t been able to locate it there. Glycerin is pretty inexpensive, but it you buy it at Michael’s or another craft store, be sure to check that store’s ads for coupons.

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  9. Kayla
    February 9, 2013

    1 Gallon of hand soap for under $5 is great; however, I do question it being very sanitary. You are taking one bar of soap, and diluting it with 1 gallon of water. Is this where the Glycerin comes in? How can I know my hands will be clean after washing them?

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  10. Lisa
    April 25, 2013

    Can you suggest a good bar soap for this that is unscented? I make fragrance hand soaps by order and this would be great to replenish my gallon jug but i would want it unscented until i add to each smaller bottle…any suggestions?

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  11. Lesflo
    July 1, 2013

    I bought my glycerin at CVS they carry it mostly in the beauty section by creams etc…

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    • Sandra
      July 10, 2013

      Thanks for letting me know! :) I have never checked at CVS, but it would probably be easier to buy it there than where we currently buy it.

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  12. Lesflo
    July 1, 2013

    Also if you have a soap container that dispenses in a form of foam don’t through it away it changes your homemade soap into foam. The Glycerin I bought it at CVS Pharmacy by the beauty product section. Creams etc…

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    • Sandra
      July 10, 2013

      Another great tip. Thank you! I enjoy using foaming soaps, too.

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  13. Summer
    January 16, 2014

    Do I need a special pot for this? I’m concerned about my soup pot being all soapy.

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    • Sandra
      February 7, 2014

      Hi Summer, no you don’t need a special pot to make the hand soap. Your soup pot will be just fine. :) I use our soup pot to make this soap, and it’s in great condition.

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  14. cris
    February 5, 2014

    I made this, but it leaves a lot of residue on my sink. Any idea why or should I be using a different brand of soap?

    Thanks

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    • Sandra
      February 6, 2014

      Hi Cris,

      Thanks for stopping by. I would definitely try using a different brand of soap. I like Dr. Bonner’s bar soaps, but you could also try another organic/natural brand of soap that should work better. :)

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  15. Kayla
    February 8, 2014

    I’m shocked you only use one bar of soap and use a gallon of water. Wouldn’t the gallon of water delude the anti-bacterial solution, and make it less effective for washing hands?

    I would love to make hand soap though, and if my concerns are not valid, I will definitely be using this recipe :)

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    • Sandra
      February 12, 2014

      Hi Kayla, the gallon of water works great, but I don’t personally know about the anti-bacterial properties being deluded. I know that I use Dr. Bonners soap and have never had any issues. :)

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  16. Karen
    September 27, 2014

    I would love to make this soap it looks pretty easy and economical, can I add essential oils to it like lemon or lavender to it?

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    • Sandra
      September 27, 2014

      Hi Karen! Yes, you can add essentials oils to this soap. :)

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  17. Kristen
    September 29, 2014

    Does this need to be made with distilled water or is tap water ok? Looking forward to trying it. Thanks!

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    • Sandra
      September 29, 2014

      Hi Kristen! I recommend making this hand soap with distilled water. :)

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