Homemade Liquid Soap and your centre Quality Improvement Plan

This Backyard liquid soap recipe and learning experience can provide your centre Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) with evidence for Quality Areas 1, 2, 5, 6 and 7. I have intentionally omitted Quality Area 3 from this list despite the obvious links because I want to help extend thinking about sustainability beyond simple physical environments. I’ve been making my own soap for years and here are 4 great reasons to make it your own.


Invest in yourself and your health. The ingredients in this formula are fair trade. There are no synthetic preservatives, detergents or foaming agents like Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS). The official government line is that SLS related cancers are a myth but if you look back through recent history you’ll see plenty of similar government stances that have later been debunked. Round Up is one obvious relevant one, silicone implants and asbestos. Need I go on? Be an active participant in your learning. Question everything.

Skills and knowledge

Learn how to finally make your own soap and become the authority in your centre. As a longer term project you may wish to explore lighter chemical cleaning options in your centre in the future.

Be a role model

Collaborate with your community. Become a source of Information for others. Share this recipe, invite parents along to a soap making class and of course, make this soap with your students and use it in your service too.

Get to know your local (business) community

Sourcing the ingredients will help you find and utilize suppliers in your local area. Share your research with your families. They will be so grateful you did, particularly where it relates to children safety, health and well-being.

A few things you should know about the ingredients.

Potassium hydroxide (KOH), commonly called caustic potash, is used in products that clean and disinfect surfaces. Citric acid is a naturally occurring acid found primarily in several varieties of fruits and vegetables, with citrus fruits such as lemons and limes containing the highest amounts. Tocopherol is a form of Vitamin E typically derived from vegetable oils.

Backyard Soap Recipe

1/2 cup distilled water (or tap. The distilled version keeps longer)

1/4 cup Dr. Bronners castile soap

1/4 cup vegetable glycerin

1 T-spoon vitamin E oil

1 TB sweet almond oil or jojoba oil

15 drops essential oil (I prefer lemongrass)

5-10 drops lavender essential oil or peppermint essential oil



1.Clean stickers from upcycled soap plunger.










2.Measure the water and pour into mixing jar.










3.Measure the castile soap, mix together in jar.










4.Measure the glycerine and add to jar. This ingredient is the thickening agent. If you want thicker soap add more glycerin.











5.Add vitamin E, almond oil or jojoba oil (jojoba is said to be the closest oil to our skins naturally occurring oil so is very restorative).












6.Add the essential oils.












7.Stir and using a funnel, pour into soap plunger.












Viola! This recipe will fill two soap plunger contains.












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Later this month I’ll show you how to pickle and correctly store foods over winter.



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