Since I’m getting ready to make liquid soap, what better way to procrastinate than to play with liquid soap bottles? The least expensive way to get into making all of your own liquid soaps is to recycle the bottles you already have in your house. You can do this with hand soap bottles, shampoo bottes, and so on. (Also a great thing to do when starting out making homemade cleaning products. Of course, don’t reuse any bottles that contained toxic liquids.) Peel off the labels, wash off the sticky goo under the labels, thoroughly clean out the bottles, and you’re good to go.
But now what? The bottles, they are so plain!
Here are a couple of fun ideas, even if you aren’t going to make your own liquid soap. Take the brand labels off and do it with your store-bought liquid soap!
After the bottles are completely cleaned out, stick in some fun, cute stuff before adding the liquid soap. You can use anything that is of a hard and insoluble material–ceramic, stone, plastic, etc. (Nothing metal.) It has to be small enough to get through the top of the bottle, and large enough not to get stuck in the pump. Here are a few examples.
Grapes and leaves, stones, and flowers.
If the items are heavy, they’ll stay at the bottom of the soap. If they’re light, they’ll float to the top, as with the grapes. It’s pretty either way. (I especially love the grapes and grape leaves. Some light amber liquid soap–and it would look like wine.)
This will work for any transparent liquid soap, whether it’s colorless or not. You could use beads (large enough not to get in the pump), marbles, decorative glass pieces, etc. There are all kinds of cheap little cute doohickeys at the craft stores that would be great for this if you can’t find something around the house that you already have. For a kids’ bathroom, little plastic fish would be fun. It would be a neat gift idea to personalize for someone. Make it elegant, or make it fun.
For pearlized or creamy liquid soaps, you wouldn’t be able to see what’s inside, but you could still decorate the outside of the bottle. I have a post here about using pressed wildflowers on candle jars. This would work for liquid soap dispensers, too, but you’d have to apply a waterproof clear coat sealer for this use.
I wonder how else I can avoid actually making liquid soap?