I decided to try this recipe to make liquid hand soap to save money and just because I wanted to learn how. It is really easy to make and a fun learning experience. I did the cooking portion myself, but then I let my 4 year old help with mixing it the second day. He thought it was pretty exciting to make soap. This recipe makes a gallon of soap for the price of a bar of soap. Pretty cheap for liquid hand soap. The soap works great. It does settle a little so you will want to shake the bottle every now and then. You can even put some in a pretty jar or soap dispenser and give as a gift. (My sister got some for her birthday. Hope you liked it!) I found this recipe at Heavenly Homemakers
4 oz. bar of soap
1 gallon of water (16 cups)
1. Heat the water in a large pot until it steams.
2. Grate the bar of soap.
3. Take the steaming water off the heat. Immediately pour the grated soap into the water. Stir the mixture, then let it sit for about 15 minutes.
4. Use a hand mixer to blend the soap and water mixture well. Let it sit overnight. I do not have a hand mixer, so I put half of it in my stand mixer, then the other half until it was all mixed.
The next day, mix again with hand mixer or stand mixer and you are done. You have a gallon of homemade liquid hand soap.
This is a fun and simple recipe that your child will love making and eating. My 4 year old did most of the work making these. You can use any kind of hot dog. We like all beef hot dogs and Oscar Mayer turkey hot dogs without nitrites and nitrates.
1 package (11 ounces) refrigerated breadstick dough
8 hot dogs
8 popsicle sticks
Condiments for dipping
1. Separate dough. Roll or pull and stretch into long ropes. The can of breadstick dough will have 12 dough portions and you have 8 hot dogs so you can use 1 1/2 breadstick dough strips on each hot dog.
2. Next insert sticks into hot dogs lengthwise. Starting at one end, wrap dough in a spiral around hot dog; pinch ends to seal.
3. Place at least 1 inch apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or coated with non-stick cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes.
You don't have to use the popsicle sticks if you can't find them. We made some with them and some without them. We used some bun legnth hot dogs too and still had plenty of dough.
This recipe was adapted from Taste of Home's Quick Cooking magazine.
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