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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 :) 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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