Make-your-own Dish Soap!
Equipment and ingredients:
Blender, food processor
Stainless Steel bowl
About 2 cups of Soap shavings
Essential oil if desired (if soap is unscented, otherwise should be the same as soap scent)
Process the soap shavings in the blender or food processor a small amount at a time until you have a fine crumbly texture. Place the soap "crumbs" in the stainless bowl on stove burner. Microwave about 4 cups of distilled water to the boiling point, then pour it over the crumbled soap in the bowl. Turn the stove on a low setting. Stir until all soap is melted and the mixture is warm and a little darker and more transparent than the original soap. The temperature should be around 150 degrees or so, in order for the soap to gel properly. This will fully mix the water and soap and prevent separation later.
Remove the liquid soap from the heat, cool, and add 1/4 teaspoon of essential oil if desired. Pour into a squirt bottle using a funnel. Store remainder in a Mason Jar as a refill, or use as hand soap.