Monday, April 15, 2013

Liquid Soap and Dispenser

During my two years off from work, I started experimenting with making homemade household cleaners and toiletries. During my search for recipes, one of the do-it-yourself tutorials I pinned on Pinterest was this one:

I have been using this recipe to make the hand soap for the soap pumps in my bathrooms since my husband and I moved into this house in December. I usually divide the recipe, using 1/4 of a bar of grated castile soap, 1/4 tablespoon of glycerin, and 16 ounces of water.

I melt all the ingredients in a saucepan on medium heat.

And then after the concoction cools a bit but before it gels, I pour it into my bathroom hand soap pumps. For nice but inexpensive soap pumps, I bought a number of liquid hand soaps at Dollar Tree and removed the labels from the bottles with cooking oil, using my Slice machine to cut a fleur-de-lis from black Contact paper. I applied those to the bottles. The result:

I tried making Mason jar soap pumps last year, but I could never get those as perfect as I wanted them to be. I am much happier with these--and with a new child in my household, I prefer plastic pumps to glass ones anyway.


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