Homemade Liquid Hand Soap

For Christmas this year, my Beloved made me soap.

A lot of soap.
Over a quart of heavenly-smelling liquid hand soap.
(Precious foresight that was, as the lemon scent is perfect for those pregnancy nausea days!) 
As a treat, he purchased a natural lemon verbena bar of soap to begin the project. (But any bar of soap would work just fine.)  He diligently read through stacks of books on soap-making during our snowed-in days, searching for the perfect gift. They were full of inspiration, but in the end, Google led him to the answer: Homemade Liquid Soap
This recipe allowed for the shortcut of not having to make soap from scratch (anyone have potassium hydroxide on hand, in the middle of a snowstorm?), not to mention the week or so of letting the soap cure. 
So, he grated away on this lovely bar of soap. He used water in his soap-making, since the soap was already scented, but herbal tea would have been lovely if the soap had been a plain, unscented bar. 
He used this portion of the directions: 

“For a simple liquid soap that uses bar-soap as a base, grate one full-size bar of your favorite soap and add it to 1 cup of boiling water [or herbal tea]. Add this mixture to a heat-proof blender and whip it until the soap has disintegrated completely. Next add 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of glycerin to the mixture and blend it again thoroughly. Now add enough water to the mixture to bring it up to the six-cup mark and allow the mixture to cool, occasionally mixing it in the blender. When the mixture has cooled and is thoroughly blended, pour it into a bottle with a pump top.”

He mentioned that the bar of soap he chose ended up being rather foamy; so he just kept adding water until it reached the proper consistency (which probably ended up being more than the 6-cups recommended). If you’re not using a scented soap or tea, a few drops of essential oil would work nicely to scent your soap, if desired. 
We prefer not to use the “antibacterial hand soaps” that are so widely available. Regular antibiotic use is really not necessary, and can cause antibiotic resistance, among other scary things. You just want clean; not medicinal. :)  However, a liquid hand soap is often preferred by many over a slippery bar of soap at the sink.
This recipe stretches one bar of soap into enough liquid soap to refill a few pump dispensers!  It works for me! 
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8 comments to Homemade Liquid Hand Soap

  • Anonymous

    I am in the midst of making this liquid hand soap, however something is a miss as it keeps solidifying after it sits over night. (perhaps I added too much glycerin) So I melt it down again, add more water and wait. So now I'm up to about 3 gallons…of this gooey stuff. I hate to throw it all away, but how much more water can I add? Won't it cancel the whole soap idea?


  • Michele @ Frugal Granola

    Oh, wow-
    We've never had a problem of it solidifying…. hmmm..
    Sometimes it does get a bit too thick in the pump dispensers after awhile, so we just add a bit more water and shake. (Maybe there is something in the bar soap that you used?)

    I'd recommend storing what you've made, and just well-diluting a small amount in your pump dispensers. (Then the amount you've stored will be like a "concentrate" to just add water to, when you need to refill your dispenser.)

    Hope you're able to enjoy your soap!


  • tonya

    thanks for the recipe! cant wait to try it:) sound very much like my laundry detergent recipe. gotta love easy,homemde,good for you, soap!


  • Shaunda

    I am in the process of making this today and the soap I am using is very foamy as well. It seems as if I have 4 cups of foam and about 1 cup of liquid at the bottom of my blender. Should I keep adding water or let it set for awhile? Thank you for sharing this recipe! The mint bar soap we choose smells fantastic! We were very excited to try this!


  • I altered this to make use of some liguid dish soap I found myself in possesion of. http://some-thingscookin.blogspot.com/2011/06/repurposed-dish-soap.html


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