Homemade Liquid Soap {recipe}

I’m definitely not a big fan of using antibacterial soaps, which most liquid soaps seem to contain now a days, and yet bar soaps are also less than ideal for a minimal mess hand washing solution.

Over the last couple of years I’ve used a Burts Bees liquid soap by the sink, but at over $5.00 a bottle it doesn’t always lend well to my budget so I decided to try and make my own.

I originally found this method of making your own liquid soap at Frugal Granola, but have put off trying it out because I often heard others saying what a pain making liquid soap was.

Boy were they wrong. Making my own liquid soap took all of just a few minutes of my time.

Homemade Liquid Soap


1 bar of natural/handmade soap (I used a 3 oz bar of cinnamon scented soap from Simple Cleansing)
1 Tbsp honey
1 tsp vegetable glycerin
1 cup boiling water

Method of Preparation

1. Grate the bar of soap so that it dissolves more easily in the water.

homemade liquid soap

2. Place the soap and boiling water into a blender and blend until all the soap is dissolved. This step produced a LOT of foam for me. Also make sure to be extra careful here – you are dealing with very hot water.

homemade liquid soap

3. Add one tablespoon of honey and 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin to the mixture and blend for a few seconds to mix well.

4. Add water to reach desired consistency.

The directions I followed said to put in enough water to reach 6 cups……..and I have a 6 cup blender that was about five cups full. But I did as I was told.

And was promptly met with gobs of foam coming through the top of the blender and cascading down on to the counter top. I got to clean while I was also making a mess.

It’s days like these that I’m glad Todd isn’t home when I’m experimenting in the kitchen……..

So I would only add enough water to reach your desired consistency. I should not have added any at all as my soap is a bit to thin for my liking, but that may also be attributed to the fact that my bar was only 3oz.

5. Allow the mixture to cool – it may take an hour or so for the foam to dissipate. You may then pour into your container and store the rest in a jar.

This works wonderfully for us as it suds nicely yet leaves hands moisturized as well. And I’m sure you could also add in essential oils like tea tree to help as a germ fighter if you so feel the need.

Have you ever made your own liquid soap?


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  1. Andrea E. N. says:

    You can also just grate and gently heat on the stovetop until the soap melts into the water. Then there is no foamy mess. I do this with a large bar of ivory soap and a gallon of water, this concoction we use as laundry soap.

  2. I just made my first batch this week. I grated 4Oz of natural soap into half gallon of water and one tablespoon of glycerin. Heat that on medium until dissolved. Turn off heat and let it sit 12 to 24 hours to solidify. Mix it with a spoon or mixer and its finished. Mine was prefect and way better for me than the junk that you buy in the store!

    Leesa Reply:

    Where do u buy vegetable glycerin?

    donielle Reply:

    @Leesa, I bought mine at http://www.mountainroseherbs.com

  3. I made mine last night and it’s still foamy. Maybe I didn’t add enough water? It smells wonderful though :) I used “red currant” sea salt soap from Whole Foods.

    Donielle Reply:

    @Kristin, Did you ever get it figured out or did it stay foamy?

    Kristin Reply:

    @Donielle, I’ve left it sitting on the counter because I wasn’t sure what to do with it. It looks like a gelatinous blob… something you’d see on Nickelodeon when we were kids :) The yield was 30 oz. I’m messing around with it today to see if I can get it to thin out and get it to 48 oz. I’ll let you know how it goes.

    Kristin Reply:

    @Donielle, Alright! I think I added too much water, BUT it’s thinned out and looks like liquid soap now :) I’m wondering if a foam dispenser will work with it, to turn the liquid into foamy handsoap?

    donielle Reply:

    @Kristin, So weird it got gooey! I’m wondering if sometimes the essential oils or herbs that are used make a difference. Only because some people have no problems at all, and others can’t get it to work quite right……
    I have a friend who used a foaming handsoap dispenser without an issue.

  4. Yours is an interesting new variation on the recipes I have seen thus far for homemade hand soap. I was wondering, though, what purpose the honey serves in the recipe? Does it act as a natural preservative? Thanks and I look forward to reading more on your well laid out blogg.

    Donielle Reply:

    @Mistie Kelley, You know…..I don’t know! heh. I just followed the recipe of someone else that made it and didn’t question. :-)

  5. Thank so much for this tutorial! May I ask why you are not a fan of antibacterial soaps? I am curious because I have made some homemade soap before but my husband prefers to use the antibacterial soap because he doesn’t trust the homemade to really clean.


    donielle Reply:

    @Ashley, Somehow I missed replying to this comment, sorry! Here’s info on anti-bacterial soaps: http://www.naturallyknockedup.com/can-washing-your-hands-lead-to-infertility/

  6. Ally Millington says:

    This is a great recipe and I couldnt wait to try it, which I have today – one question though, I followed the instructions but could only put two and a half cups of water in due to the limited size of my blender, and now after an hour the top has gone hard, so I skimmed it off and put it into the containers… will it continue to harden and therefore not come out in a pump container? is it because I didnt use enough water that this has happened?

    I used goat milk soap and it smells wonderful so I really want it to work!!

    donielle Reply:

    @Ally Millington, So weird! I haven’t had anyone say that happened….how did it end up turning out?

  7. Wow…thanks for posting this…after spending two whole days doing the stove top method for three different soaps, this was way more efficient and I finished with 6 litres of liquid soap in 20 minutes.

    I did just use half the bar of soap at a time after your comment about overflowing blenders!!! I then ended up tipping out half of what was in the blender and filling the blender up with distilled water making 8 cups of lovely thick soap then repeated the process until the whole bar of soap was processed.

    I will never go back to the stove top again…you have made my hectic life much easier :)

    Donielle Reply:

    @Julia, Glad it worked for you!

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