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Being Crafty and Saving Money: My First Pinterest Project

 

I’ve already professed my love for Pinterest.com.  I spend quite a bit of time on that website.  But it would be wrong if I preached about how wonderful it was without showing you practical applications.  So here is the first (in a series of many) posts where I’ll SHOW you how awesome Pinterest really is.

 

I decided that I was going to try and save some money.  Our family has many vacations we want to take, and home improvement projects we’re trying to fund.  What better way to save money than to turn to cutting down on our expenses.

The first project I tried was making my own body wash!  It’s actually kind of a no-brainer.  If you read the back of a bottle of any body wash, one of the first ingredients is always water.  Here are a few easy–trust me, I did it.  It’s easy–steps to get all squeaky clean for less!

Ingredients:

1 8oz. (or 2 4 oz.) bar of soap

2 tbsp Glycerine (you can find it in the first aid/band aid section of just about any store and it’s also good for home made bubbles!)

1 gallon water

You’ll also need:

1 large pot

1 cheese grater

1 large (1 gal. or larger) container for body wash

1 smaller container for body wash (I just recycled an old body wash bottle)

Photo by Laura

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Directions:

1. Grate the entire bar (or bars of soap)

Doesn't it look like cheese?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Fill your pot with 1 gallon of water and add the grated cheese soap.

Mmmm...Soap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.  Add 2 Tablespoons of Glycerine, and turn heat to medium.  Stir until the shavings dissolve, leaving a pot of soapy water.

Soap Soup! (Not safe to consume!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Once your shavings have dissolved remove from heat and let sit for 10-12 hours.  Your soap will  cloud up after a few hours.  (If the soap is thicker than liquid soap, just use an electric mixer or a whisk to get it the right consistency.)

5.  Once your body wash is ready, use a funnel to get into your big container!

Lots of cheap body wash!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.  Enjoy your home made body wash, knowing you only paid the price of 1 bar of soap for it! (And a little glycerine, but that will go a long way in the ways of making body wash!)

All ready for the shower!

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