Homemade Liquid Soap

I like to save money and I like to use natural products.  However, the two have never seemed to mesh with regards to liquid hand soap, until now.

There were two posts I read that convinced me to give making homemade liquid hand soap a try. One was by the Savvy Housekeeper and the other was by The Farmer’s Nest.  Both sites had lots of information as well as many comments from people who had tried their recipes.

After reading through both soap posts I decided the process looked easy enough so I gave it a whirl. Here is what I did to make my own homemade liquid soap.


  • 4 ounce Bar of Soap (I used Kirk’s Castile that I found at Walmart.)
  • 1 Tablespoon of Glycerin (Found at Kroger.)
  • Water (I used 12 cups.)
  • Measuring Cups
  • Cheese Grater
  • Large Pot
  • Spoon
  • Container for Liquid Soap

1.  Grate the bar of soap.

2.  Fill the pot with 12 cups* of water,  the 4 ounce bar of grated soap, and 1 tablespoon of glycerin.

*The recipes I linked to at the beginning of this post indicated that 8 cups of water to 4 ounces of grated soap was a good ratio or even 10 cups of water.  However, I like to live on the wild side, so I went with 12 cups of water.  😉

Actually, I was just trying to experiment and see if I could stretch my soap a little further.

3.  Heat the soap, water and glycerin over low heat until all of the soap has melted.

I found that when I stirred the mixture foamy bubbles formed on the top.

4.  Let the soapy water sit for at least 8 hours.  

After 8 hours my soap still looked like the picture above.  So, I let it sit overnight.  It still looked the same.  I started to regret using more water than the original recipes called for.  However, I wasn’t going to give up.

I got out my immersion blender and blended up that soapy water.  This is what it looked like afterwards.

White soapy water.  :)  I was expecting it to be thicker.  However, I poured some into a soap dispenser and put the rest in an empty gallon jug.

Would you believe that after another day I actually had thicker soap?  It was slimy looking, but it worked!

After almost 2 months, I still have some liquid soap left.  Considering I paid less than $1.50 for the bar of soap, I would say making my own homemade liquid soap was a worthwhile endeavor.

When I run out of this batch I am going to try to use less water and see what happens.  I imagine the soap will be thicker and won’t last quite as long, but I am curious to see how it works.

I did want to mention a couple of things.  I recommend shaking the jug of soap before refilling a soap dispenser because my liquid soap congealed and isn’t all that pourable the longer it sits.

Also, if you use a natural soap don’t expect your liquid soap to lather up.  We tend to be so used to bubbles that, when you switch to a liquid soap like this or homemade laundry detergent, we assume it isn’t working.  However, that isn’t the case.  Your homemade liquid soap will work just fine to clean your hands.

I am sure you could try other soaps and, if you do, your results might be slightly different.  I have only used Kirk’s Castile.

If you want to save even more money I recommend finding a foaming soap pump.  I have used one in our main bathroom for several years and it cuts down on our soap usage.  Plus, if you have a little one who likes to fill up the sink with water and use a whole bottle of hand soap you won’t be upset.  :)

Have you ever made your own homemade liquid soap?  If you haven’t, this is an easy way to save some money by making your own.

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  • Rachel E.

    Looks like another great and informative post.  I think I might try this one, too.

    • http://www.blessingsoverflowing.com/ Jackie

      Thanks, Rachel!  :)

  • http://ladybugsabode.wordpress.com/ RachelE.

    Okay, so I tried it. It turned out reeeaaaally thick. I just added more water to it before putting it in the pump.

    • http://www.blessingsoverflowing.com/ Jackie

      Was it thick at the beginning or after a few days? I find that mine thickens up after I have put it into a jug and it has been sitting. I just shake it before I put it in my soap dispensers and that seems to be fine. However, I have added water to it and that does help.