When I was growing up, I don’t think we ever bought “body wash”. It was bar soap all the way! Even after I first got married we still did the bar soap thing – because I remember trying to convince the hubster that Dove soap was better than Irish Spring (I still try to convince him of that, but to no avail).
But somewhere along the way, we completely stopped buying bar soap (except for the stuff I buy for making Homemade Laundry Detergent) and made the switch to body wash exclusively! Apparently we’re not alone either. Since 2003, the year Old Spice entered the body wash market, sales of deodorant bar soap have plummeted nearly 40%!
So this week when I was shopping for the family staples, two things hit me: 1) how much body wash we go through! And 2) body wash ain’t cheap! As I mentioned, I am a Dove girl from way back. I have been using it for as long as I can remember. So that’s what I like to buy for body wash. A bottle of it sells for almost $6.27 at our local grocery store. I knew I had to be able to do better than that by making my own.
DIY Body Wash
- 6 cups water
- 3 bars of soap
Put water into a pot on the stove and bring to a boil, then turn down to medium heat.
Microwave the bars of soap for approximately 30 seconds at a time in a microwave-safe container. The soap will get soft and melty after about 90 seconds.
When melted, immediately transfer to pot of water. Continue stirring occasionally over medium heat until all the soap is dissolved. It might take awhile, but you want to make sure every piece of soap is completely dissolved before you transfer it to containers.
When completely dissolved, transfer to a glass jar or bowl and allow to cool.
Then pour it into a bottle for use! It will thicken as it cools and will continue to thicken for about 24 hours. If it gets too thick, simply add some water until it’s the desired consistency.
I bought a six pack of the Dove Bars for $6.88. I used 3 of the bars at a cost of $3.44. This made approximately 48 ounces, or $1.72 for a 24 oz bottle! A savings of roughly 75%!
Amazing savings, and now you have your very own specially formulated body wash. If you prefer to be more organic, check out this natural homemade body wash recipe.