How to Make Homemade Liquid Soap – For Hands & Body

Today we have a guest post from Laura Fuentes, Chief MOM at MOMables™!  About a month ago Laura mentioned her new homemade liquid soap that she was loving, and I immediately wanted to know all about it!  She said, “I can share it with your readers!”, and I said, “Yes! I would love that!”. So for you and me :)…here is Laura’s recipe for making homemade liquid soap.

Since I’ve had children, I’ve switched towards a more organic, clean, healthy, and non-toxic lifestyle.  Perhaps the seed was planted in all those parenting books and the growing trend of natural products.  While I don’t have a my own garden and all my produce gets washed with a fruit and veggie wash; plus 95% of our cosmetics, bath, and personal care items are organic, non-toxic or homemade.  No, I am not that crafty but I do make things that are simple.  This month I made an organic body wash that cost me $5.99 for ¾ gallon (96oz).  If you compare that to the organic brand I was purchasing at $8.99 for 8oz… it’s a steal!

Ingredients & Supplies:

  • Large pot filled with 1 gallon of water
  • 4-6 oz organic bar of soap, grated
  • 12 drops (1/4 tsp) Tea-tree oil (optional)
  • 12 drops (1/4 tsp) Natural scented Oils (optional)

You can use Castile soap or any natural and oil based soaps for this.  If you are using naturally scented soaps you might not want to add scented oils.  Tea tree oil has incredible antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal properties and this is a good idea to use specially if you are going to use this as hand soap.  Some of the water will evaporate and you will end up with about ¾ gallon of finish product.  If it’s too runny for you, you can add 2 tablespoons natural glycerin (found at health stores and some pharmacies) after you remove the pot from fire and let it stand to thicken.


Fill pot with 1 gallon of water and bring to a boil.

Add grated soap and boil for 20minutes; stir often to make sure soap dissolves well (I used a whisk).

Turn fire off and let liquid soapy mixture cool off for 12-24hrs (at least overnight).

Once cooled, add tea tree oil and scented oil if desired.  Mix well.

With a funnel, fill desired jars, hand pumps and bath bottles.

I hope you have fun making your own soap! It’s very economical, especially for those of us who have pump-happy kids who love to lather up!  I am all up for having a single product the entire family can use from head to toe! I even plan to use this soap on my newborn in January.

 Laura Fuentes, Chief MOM at MOMables™, a wife, mother of 3 and a lunch enthusiast who insists on healthy, wholesome food for her family.  She’s cooked up an entire company based on the principle of feeding kids uncomplicated good food.  On her personal blog, Super Glue Mom, she writes about motherhood, green living, deadlines and keeping her cool, even when her kids super-glued her hair! Three things she can’t live without are God, worship music and coffee.

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  • Misty Ohnemus

    I made our own tooth soap this month… looking forward to making up some of this soap now! Thanks!

  • Tiffany C.

    FABULOUS! I love Laura, she has a ton of amazing ideas at MOMables and at her other blog SUPER GLUE MOM! Now, I don’t have to buy expensive hand soap and not know what’s in it!!

  • mamaof3

    I don’t have a bar of soap to grate but I do have liquid glyerine, liquid almond oil and coconut oil. Can I use that instead of grated soap?

  • Kennethcollins

    There is no compulsion that each of these products would work equally. I prefer to use products from different companies rather than going for one particular brand.

  • W3ndy1019

    How do you make deodorant? That was my next quest. Also, anyone have a safe homemade liquid soap recipe for kids bath?

    • Erica Bailey

      this would be it instead use a safe soap frangrance/chemical free like basic or aveevo….

  • Tina

    I’ve read at one site online that 1/4 tsp of EO is about 25 drops (1 tsp is 100 drops), and at another site that 1 tsp was 20 drops – HUGE difference! So…which is right?

    Can you verify how much to use? Thanks!

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  • Kathleen

    Hi, I just tried this last night and it came out watery (not even soapy), just like looking at a pot of water. My husband is stopping at the store to buy some glycerin to see if that helps. I followed the directions exactly and used a 4.5 oz bar of soap, what could have happened so that it doesn’t look like liquid soap?

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  • Becky Ayers

    Question….can I do this with any bar of soap like Lever 2000 or whatever else I might have around the house? Or does it have to be an organic bar of soap?

  • Tammy

    I would just like to know how long this liquid soap will last before it gets moldy or gets a fungus?? Thank you :)

  • soloelamor

    does this get slimy?

  • ‘Mary

    Kathleen u are so stupid, it says a recipe 4 LIQUID soap, NOT BAR SOAP! please read more carefully!

    • thepanttherlady

      The recipe says:

      4-6 oz organic bar of soap, grated