Liquid Castile Soap is so expensive (exaggeration emphasized). Of course, I bought a half-gallon because I wanted to show it to you, but when I added that baby to my Amazon shopping cart I wanted to cry knowing that I could make it for far less $$$’s. To be exact, for a tenth of the price.
The underlying question is, can you make liquid castile soap from the less expensive castile soap bars?
Yes, you can, AND it is EASY!
I mean, unbelievably easy. Plus, it makes so much soap because we are making the concentrated form so it will last a long time, even if you are a clean freak like Emmaline.
One bar of soap will convert to a quart of liquid castile soap concentrate.
The ingredients to convert bar soap to liquid could hardly be simpler.
INGREDIENTS to make liquid castile soap:
1 Bar of Kirks, Dr. Bronners, or your favorite Castile Soap
1 Quart of Distilled Boiling Water
1 TBSP of Vegetable Glycerine (optional)
DIRECTIONS to make liquid castile soap:
Bring one quart of water to a boil and then turn off the stove.
While your distilled water is coming to a boil grate your bar of Castile Soap into a bowl.
Once your water is boiling add the grated soap bar to the water. Use a spatula to spread it out across the top of the water.
Let the grated soap completely dissolve. Generally takes 5 to 10 minutes.
OPTIONAL STEP: If you want to add the optional vegetable glycerine add it now.
Place your hot soap into a glass storage container and set it on the counter for 2 days.
After 2 days use an immersion blender or a wire whisk and give it a good stir/blend.
It’s ready to use in whatever cleaning recipe you prefer.
How do you store your liquid castile soap? My preferred way of storing my soap is in glass jars. I have stored soap in pints, quarts, half gallons, gallons, and any other random glass jar I can find that I stashed into a corner.
Is glycerin necessary when making liquid castile soap from a bar? The glycerin is optional, it is not necessary, but it will prevent your liquid mixture from clumping and create a creamy texture.
PRICE BREAKDOWN TO MAKE LIQUID CASTILE SOAP FROM A BAR
So, as you saw above 1/2 gallon of Liquid Castile Soap is $26.99 on Amazon. When you shop around you will find that’s a pretty decent price. When I visited my local health food store a 1/2 gallon was over $54. One of the workers was walking by when I groaned over the price and asked me if anything was wrong. I smiled through clenched teeth and said, “No, I’m fine. Thanks for asking.”
A set of 3 Kirks Castile Soap Bars are $3.49 at my local Fred Meyer.
A single Dr. Bronners Castile Soap Bar is $4.49 at my local Fred Meyer.
Let’s break down the cost of making Liquid Castile Soap by the quart.
The purchased Liquid Castile Soap from Amazon ends up costing $13.49 per quart.
Kirks Castile Soap Bar converted to Liquid Castile Soap costs $1.16 per quart.
Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap Bar converted to Liquid Castile Soap costs $4.49 per quart.