How to Make Homemade Liquid Hand Soap

Homemade Liquid Hand Soap!

Of course, I had to try this!  I’m the type of person that likes to know how to do many, many, many different things.  Now, I can mark this one off my list.  This is pretty simple to make.  After researching about making the hand soap, I found there were some disagreements on how safe it is to keep over a long period of time and how to store it.  These are my thoughts: If you fear that it will not keep for an extended period of time, don’t make a lot of it.  Make it in smaller batches.  Also, some people did not like the fact that homemade liquid hand soap does not lather.  That is a preference of each individual person.  Personally, it does not bother me as long as it cleans my hands.  It’s a homemade recipe and I don’t tend to stress over certain things.  It was totally a cool thing to try! If you feel like trying it, give it a go. Please keep in mind that this makes about a gallon of hand soap or more.  Also, you can try different kinds of soap to see if it works for you.


  • 1 gallon of water (bottled)
  • 2 bars of soap (I used Yardley London Baby Soap)
  • 1 tablespoon of pure glycerin



Grate the soap bars.  I was just about to say, “grate the cheese.”  By the way, grating soap is not an easy thing to do.  It is definitely not liking grating cheese.


Pour the gallon of water into a pot and bring to a boil.  Then turn off.


Pour the soap into the hot water.


Stir until well blended.


After blending, it should look like the picture above. Pour in 1 tablespoon of glycerin. Set aside for 14-24 hours.  The reason there is such a large difference in the time is because by the time 14 hours arrived, I was in the bed and didn’t get back to this little experiment until the morning hours.


After it has set for awhile, it will be stiff and white. Stir to loosen up.


Pour into a blender and blend until smooth.  Then pour into the container of your choice.


Presto! You have your own homemade liquid hand soap.


Playing around with the pump and made my own label on the printer.  Yep…it’s my own Make It Or Fix It Yourself homemade liquid hand soap!

My Opinion:  I thought the texture of the soap was a little more gooey than the kind you buy in the store.  No, it didn’t lather, but that was not a problem for me.  I like how it looks in the pump.  Looks just like store bought.  I like the scent of the soap.  It was a baby scent. The scent didn’t stay on my hands too long.  I couldn’t tell whether or not it made my hands drier, only because my hands are always dry. (I keep lots of lotion by every sink in my house.) I could live with a liquid hand soap like this one.

My Daughter’s Opinion:  She didn’t like that it didn’t lather.  She liked the smell of the liquid hand soap. She didn’t mind the gooey feeling.  She loved how it looked in the pump.  It’s definitely going in their bathroom.  As a matter of fact, she’s already put it there.

Have you made this yourself? Or, would you like to make this? Share your thoughts….go ahead. Share.


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    • says

      I found it in a grocery store called ShopRite in Maryland. I’m sure it’s probably sold in other stores also. My daughter was fascinated with it since her name is London. So, I had to use it in this DIY project.

  1. ellyjoymukami says

    Iam doing homemade multipurpose cleaning soap and its being received very well especially in restaurants but the problem is we are many of us doing the same now with your idea i can introduce the hand soap because one of the client asked me if I could start.

  2. says

    What a great idea! I’m working on a blog of compilation “make it yourself” hygiene items (such as laundry detergent) – I may contact you soon to see if I can include this – of course, linking to this post and providing you with the credit. I’ll be in touch. So happy I visited your site – I just love it! I’m a new follower :)
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    • says

      Hi Vanessa. It’s only been a couple of weeks. I will let you know if it saves us any money in the future. Though, I am having to convince a couple of people in the house to use the soap. So, we’ll see. P.S. I just recently installed ReplyMe on my blog so that people can actually see the reply that I make to their comment only, so that is why you are just getting the reply. Wanted to make sure you got the answer to your question.

    • says

      Thank you so much for Liebster Award nomination! I will definitely check out the details! By all means, definitely try the liquid hand soap. It’s one of those things that you want to try and mark off your want-to-try list.

    • says

      That sounds interesting; body butter. Did you do a post on your blog for that? I would love to see how that turned out. My daughter and I are always looking to try something new.

    • says

      Of all the research, I found nothing on creating the lather effect. I think the companies producing hand soap have access to such an additive only. I found no one that made it in their home able to produce such a lather effect.

    • says

      Thanks Kim. I don’t know if you can put it in a food processor. LOL. It might not work that great. Of course, I guess if you try to cut it up in very small pieces first, you might have something there.


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