You will need:
- One (1) to three (3) bars of DOVE soap - any kind will do, but DO NOT try this recipe with other kinds of bar soap. See my notes section below.
- Two (2) cups to six (6) cups of water
- Microwave-safe Container (I suggest glass) to melt soap in
- Stock Pot (Mine is about 20-quart)
- Whisk (not shown)
- Container(s) to hold anywhere from 3-cups (1-bar of soap), 5-cups (30-ounces or 2-bars of soap), or 8-cups (3-bars of soap) of homemade body wash
The example cost savings breakdown:
- Please only use products that are safe for your family.
- I estimate this project takes at least one to one-half hour (1-1/2-hour) to chop and melt the soap, and then suggest about 24-hours to let the body wash cool at room temperature.
- This recipe is for DOVE soap only. I have had "a Pinterest fail" with other types of soaps. Please do not use this recipe for other types of soap. The Dove soap has an amazing amount of moisturizer whereas other soap needs way more water to make it into body wash.
- The Dove bars you see here are 4-oz size EACH.
- For every 4-oz bar, you will need 2-cups of water. More on that in Step 2.
- It's been recommended by miscellaneous tutorials to use distilled water if your tap water is considered "hard-water" or if you have sensitive skin. I used tap water.
- Make sure you read the intro to this Instructable. Microwaving soap lets off a strong lingering scent that could cause sneezing. Please either use in a well-ventilated area, or grate the soap (see Step 2.)
Price of pre-made
Dove body wash on Target.com: 32-ounces sells for $6.89 (not including tax) = $0.22 per ounce Cost of making Dove body wash yourself -
Price of 4-bars of Dove soap on Target.com: $5.54 (not including tax)
Two (2) bars of Dove soap make approximately five (5) cups or 30-ounces of body wash.
$5.54 divided by 2 (bars) = $2.77 per 30-ounces of body wash = $0.09 per ounce
Put a little elbow grease into making your own body wash and you could save money in the long run. Bonus!