So anyway, I'd been running low on shower gel for like a week, and every time I thought about buying a new bottle, I'd think, "How many of these plastic bottles have I gone through in my lifetime?" It was depressing to think about it. Then I actually ran out of soap and didn't want to be stinky, so I bit the bullet and got some more. But the wheels in my head had already started turning.
I poked around Pinterest until I found a couple of different recipes for making your own body wash, and picked the easier-sounding one. I figured I could make me some soap, and then just put it back in my old body-wash bottle so there wouldn't be any unnecessary bottle tossage.
The only downside I could see to this plan is that our city does not recycle the thin cardboard that bar soap comes in. I just can't win.
But nevertheless, it was worth a shot for the gallons of body wash I figured I could make for a couple of bucks. I bought me a few bars of soap and got down to business.
Grating my bars of soap directly into the pot while watching New Girl.
I added a few drops of red food coloring into the water so my soap would be pink!
Hmm. Perhaps a little too much food coloring. It looks like Pepto Bismol.
Finished soap, cooling off. That's it?
I don't know what I was expecting, but the end result was way less body wash than I thought it was going to be. There's maybe (maybe) a quart's worth in there. It's also a lot more watery than normal shower gel is. All in all, I don't know if it's worth it to do this again, since the finished result isn't as good as normal body wash.
Would you ever make your own body wash? Do you think something like this would even make a dent in my grand scheme of saving the planet? (It's okay if you don't think so. Sometimes I need to be talked off a ledge.)