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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  1. If you add 2 TBLS of castor oil it will lather just like the store bought soaps. Another hint: if you add 8 drops of Tea Tree Oil it will be anti-bactiarial too.

    I made two batches of this one thicker for a body soap and a thinner one for a hand soap. If use Olay bars it doesn’t come out snotty or slimmy at all which kinda disappointed me because it is the same consistency as milk.

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  4. For soft texture (not snotty), reduce the water into 2/3 gallon and add 1 cup light oil. It will create suds and soften the soap texture so you won’t need much water. You can use any kind of light oil, but palm oil works best to create suds. Since you don’t use much water, it will also preserve longer. Hope it helps

    • Thank you Andin for the tip. Mine came out snotty and doesn’t lather well, no one wants to use it. I’ll see if I can re-batch it and if it works I’ll let you know.

  5. Never have I seen Yardley London baby soap! Where did you find it?

    • 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.

  6. 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.

  7. I tried this with Burt’s Bees soap but didn’t blend it and it got very thick…I’ll have to try it again!
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  8. Returning the visit and glad I did! Your blog looks like my kind of site–I love homemade stuff! Looking forward to reading more and now your newest follower. 🙂
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  9. 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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  10. Sharon, did this save you money on liquid hand soap?

    • 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.

  11. I am definitely going to try this at home!

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    • 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.

  12. Sounds like a fun project for my daughters and me. We made body butter last summer and had a ball. Thanks so much for the inspiration and tutorial!
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    • 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.

  13. Ok I was pondering just this week how to make my own hand soap. This post is right on time. AMAZING! Love your site!

  14. I could not wait to see how you made the soap. I am going to try it. I think it would be fun to do with my child. We are looking for Easter holiday projects for her journal.
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  15. i’ve never even thought about making my own soap, but this has me intrigued! looks doable for sure 🙂 thanks for sharing!! will let you know if i ever get around to trying it!!
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  16. isn’t it funny how mentally we think we need the lather. making soap is something on my list…but I have a long list, ha. of course it makes me feel one step closer to see someone else who’s done it! 🙂 bravo.
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  17. I have been wanting to try this too! I am not sure about the not lathering though. I think it might bother me… Were there any recipes you found in your research that produced lather or was that just not an option?
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    • 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.

  18. Very cool! I don’t know if I will try to make any but I have a friend I think will like this. Instead of grating the soap could you put it in a food processor (see how lazy I am?)?
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    • 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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