Homemade Liquid Hand Soap Recipe in an Upcycled CLASSICO Pasta Sauce Jar

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Over the last few years, I have become obsessed with reusing and repurposing things I find around my house. Sure, I have been recycling for 20 years now but finding a new way to use your ‘trash’ is an even better way to reduce your carbon footprint. One of my favorite items to reuse in the kitchen is a large jar. There are just SO many different ways you can repurpose that jar in other areas of the house. Decorate the lids with washi tape or scraps of material and store beans and rice in them in the pantry. Small jars can be used to store diy beauty products and mason jars can be turned into powdered sugar dispensers. The possibilities are endless when in comes to creative uses for glass jars! When I was asked to work with CLASSICO pasta sauce on their Make It Your Own Challenge with reCAP I decided to try making a homemade liquid hand soap recipe to store in my empty CLASSICO jar.

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How to make liquid soap

CLASSICO® is passionate about using the finest ingredients and time-honored recipes to create a close to homemade taste. It is one of my first choices for pasta sauce and my husband firmly believes that dinner always tastes better covered in a nice red sauce! Needless to say, we go through a lot of pasta sauce in my house! I decided to make a basic Chicken Parmesan for dinner last night and it was a huge hit. Here is the recipe if you would like to try it at home:

Easy Chicken Parmesian Recipe

Classic Chicken Parmesan Recipe

Yields 4 to 6 servings

Chicken Parmesan Recipe

This easy chicken Parmesan recipe will be a big hit!

20 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded to about 1/2 inch thin
  • 1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 pound pasta
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 jar CLASSICO pasta sauce
  • 4 slices mozzarella cheese
  • fresh basil for decoration if desired


  1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  4. Beat the egg with the water in a medium bowl
  5. Mix the breadcrumbs with the flour on a plate
  6. Dip the chicken in the egg wash until covered
  7. Dip the chicken in the bread crumb mixture on both sides and place in hot pan with oil
  8. Repeat for each chicken breast
  9. Cook 4 to 5 minutes on each side
  10. Drain pasta and set aside
  11. Place chicken breasts on a cookie sheet or glass dish. Cover with sauce and cheese and bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees or until cheese is melted
  12. Place pasta on a plate and top with chicken. Add fresh basil if desired
  13. Serve and enjoy!


Now that you have enjoyed your delicious Italian dinner with CLASSICO® pasta sauce, what do you do with the jar? Just wash it out and remove the label by soaking the jar in water. For stubborn label adhesive, just rub a bit of coconut oil on it and scrub with a stiff bristled brush.

Homemade Liquid Hand Soap Recipe in an Upcycled CLASSICO Pasta Sauce Jar

The Mason jar is an important part of the rich heritage of the CLASSICO® brand as it helps to ensure each jar of sauce brings an authentic taste to your dinner table. They have recently announced a partnership with reCAP®, a company that designs and manufactures caps and accessories allowing people to reUSE mason jars in unique ways. These reCAP products let you turn your CLASSICO® pasta sauce jar into a soap container, spray bottle, on the go drink container, and many other useful items. I decided to try my hand at making homemade liquid hand soap and found it incredibly easy.

Homemade Liquid Hand Soap Recipe in an Upcycled CLASSICO Pasta Sauce Jar

To make homemade liquid hand soap you need to start with pure castile soap and distilled water. You can leave your homemade liquid hand soap unscented or add your favorite essential oils. Just follow the directions below for incredibly inexpensive homemade liquid hand soap! (Please note:  This soap is not thick and goopy like store bought soap! It is very thin but makes a really nice lather!

Homemade Liquid Hand Soap Recipe

Homemade Liquid Hand Soap


12 ounces of pure castile soap
1 gallon distilled water
Essential Oils or Vanilla Extract (optional)


Grate your bars of soap using a hand grater

Heat the distilled water in a large pot until it is almost boiling. Remove from heat.

Stir in your grated soap until it is melted

Let the mixture sit for 12 to 24 hours to thicken slightly

Stir in your essential oils or vanilla (I made a lavender vanilla combination which smelled wonderful! How much you add depends on how strong you want your soap)

Pour the mixture into storage containers. You will need several!

To use, pour the homemade liquid hand soap into a clean glass jar with reCAP attachment to make pumping soap easy!

Have you ever made homemade liquid hand soap?

This post has been sponsored by CLASSICO but all opinions are my own.


  1. this is so great. i really need to make some because when i was out shopping to replenish our soap i couldn't get over the cost. its a bit much for such a small amount of soap and my kids LOVE soap so they always use too much. what a great way to up cycle.
  2. Very cool! That chicken parmesan looks amazing too!
  3. I've never been tried making my own soap. This sounds like a fun DIY project for me to work on.

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