James asks…

Does anyone know how to make a liquid hand soap thinner?

I have a touch free hand soap dispenser and I can’t find liquid soap that is thin enough – most of the commercial brands are too thick to flow through it. The soap I used to buy is no longer available so I’d like to figure out if there is a way to thin out liquid soap.

Elisabeth answers:

Just mix it with water and it becomes alot thinner. I think the Body Shop also sell one that is quite runny if you don’t want to water it down.

Ken asks…

How to make bar soap out of liquid soap?

I want to take liquid soap and make it into bar soap….. how do i do this?

Elisabeth answers:


hope this helps :)

Steven asks…

What name is animals fat used to make soap and washing-up liquid hidden behind?

Do they need to say they use animal fat to make soap? Or is it a case if it doesn’t say it doesn’t use animal fat, it definitely has animal fat in the ingredient?

How about Fairy Liquid? (Sorry America, it’s a British washing-up liquid. I am not trying to be flipp.)

Elisabeth answers:

Anything with the word “tallow” in it. I believe it’s usually listed as “sodium tallowate” or something like that.

Sharon asks…

how to make/prepare liquid detergent soap?


Elisabeth answers:

Well, you won’t be making a detergent unless you have a chemical factory behind you, so that leaves making your own soap, just like the pioneers did. I have a friend who makes his own and below is a link to the first page he found that got him started. I dialed him on the telephone to get this information. By the way, his soap is really HARD and no suds, none at all…

Thomas asks…

How can I make my own liquid hand soap?

I am always interested in saving money and being able to create my own household items. I like being handy. Can you help?
Hey Nidhi guess where one of your thumbs down came from.

Elisabeth answers:

This is an all natural, very mild liquid soap for everyday use in your kitchen or bath.

Ingredients: (Makes 2 – 8 oz bottles)
All ingredients were measured.

2 cups of grated (cured) castile soap
1 tablespoon of palm oil
1 teaspoon vodka
1/2 tablespoon glycerin (optional)
1/2 teaspoon lemon essential oil (or any EO)
1/2 teaspoon grapefruit essential oil (or any EO)
1/2 teaspoon eucalyptus essential oil (or any EO)
2 1/2-3 cups of spring or distilled water
2 pump or foaming bottles

Over low heat and in a double-boiler pan, add grated soap, palm oil, glycerin and water. Simmer until all the soap has melted and is liquefied. Add vodka. Remove from heat and let cool slightly before adding the essential oils, mix well. Let cool completely before pouring into bottle and check the consistency
(if too thick, add more spring water and stir).

Using a funnel, slowly pour liquid soap into chosen bottle. Avoid any lumpy soap that may have not melted from going into the funnel. Label and use.

Charles asks…

What are the laboratory tests that a dishwashing liquid soap product should undergo to make it good b4 selling?

How can i find out the effectivity of my product? How can i make sure that it wont harm the skin of the consumer? Please help…

Elisabeth answers:

Look for the company’s website and put in testing or quality control.

Michael asks…

how do you liquify bar soap?

i want to use all my used soap bars to make a liquid soap but i am not sure how to do it, i have lots of them and i have a bottle with a pump on it.

Elisabeth answers:

Try this site…your lucky i just saw this last week and reading your question i remembered about it!

Good luck! I’ve yet to try it!


Richard asks…

How do you do dishes with out dish soap?

I don’t have any dish soap. I do NOT have funds to purchase any dish soap. I do have bleach, ammonia, borax, baking soda, cider and white vinegar. How might I make a Liquid dish soap with this? I prefer a Liquid I can use in my dish wand. I do NOT have a dish washer! I need it to cut grease!

Elisabeth answers:

The ammonia will work best on grease. Mix it alone with water 1:4 and it will work on grease.

If you have any shampoo to spare, the type without a lot of conditioner in it, you can use that.

Regular bar soap can be used too if you have some extra. Break it into small pieces and it will soften in water. Once it softens you can mush it then mix it. That works on grease too.

Alternative to dish wand is a sponge scraped across bar soap or bar soap wrapped in a dish cloth or face towel.

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