Making My Own Cleaning Supplies

I honestly can believe the last time I posted was in September but I promise to get caught up if not by the end of today but definitely by tomorrow!  Over the next two days you’ll receive several emails of my/our hectic life which has been full of hard work, fun, a few trips, more work and preparing for the winter that is sneaking up on us quickly.

For several years now I’ve been making my own cleaning supplies.  I do this because over half of my grocery bill is expensive cleaning supplies and I only buy groceries maybe once a month!!  I even make my own body wash and I do love it.  I want first to let everyone know that I’m not the creator of all of these recipes, I follow some very frugal ladies and gents that share their wisdom with the world.  Some recipes have been tweaked to meet my own needs.  Tip Junkie is my favorite at the moment but I get ideas from HGTV, Real Simple, and a lot more.  All you have to do is “google it”!!!  My favorite make-your-own blogger is

Today’s recipe is for body wash and I love the commercial Dove Bodywash.  I have very dry skin as I’ve grown older and my OB/GYN told me years ago that Dove was the mildest soap you can buy over the counter.

To make a gallon of bodywash you will need nine bars of Dove soap (other soaps tend to vary) and 18 cups of boiling water.  I like to make a gallon at a time so I don’t run out as quickly!!  All you do is get an old vegetable grater and grate the bars of soap into a pan.  I tried to use a food processor and burnt it up, don’t do this!!!

This is the food grater I use ONLY for making body wash and the wooden spoon is used for stirring it as it cools.

I use a large stainless steel bowl to grate the soap into. Large so the soap shavings go in the bowl and not on my table.

The ratio for making the soap is three bars of soap to six cups of water.







When you get down to the last bar of soap to grate, put your pan of water on the stove to boil.  The harder boil and hotter the water the quicker the process of melting the soap takes.

Pour the soap flakes quickly (without spilling on the stove top, yuck) into the boiling water and use a wooden spoon to stir. At this point turn off the heat and move the pan off the stove to a cool spot. Left on the heat could cause it to boil over and boy is that a mess and burnt soap smells bad!! Stir the pot several times until the mixture is completely cooled. If you feel like it’s too thick add a cup of water before it cools completely.

I’ve saved three of my Dove bottles to use for refills. Place a funnel in the top after popping off the lid and fill to almost full and replace the top.

I used a clean gallon vinegar jug to hold the remaining bodywash. I label it with a piece of tape which includes the ratio for future reference. The old mind doesn’t hold that information as well as it used to and this helps me remember how many bars and how many cups of water.












This bodywash makes my skin feel silky but not sticky or greasy and it lasts a lot longer than the commercial packaging!!  Smells so feminine!

I’ll post more homemade products I personally use in future posts including my favorite window cleaner, furniture polish and floor cleaner.  Let me know if you try the recipes and if you like them!

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