Homemade Liquid Hand Soap

Posted on December 31st, 2012 by Discount Debbie

One of the presents I got for Christmas was a bar of soap. It wasn’t just a regular bar, it was special all the way from Scotland. I won’t lie though, I hate bars of soap. I hate how slimy they get and they just feel gross. However, the one my sister-in-law got me smelled so amazing I had to find a use for it. And since I’ve made my own laundry soap, I figured I could try my hand at liquid hand soap.



I am so glad I did,because what I have is nothing short of amazing. And it was so easy it’s ridiculous. Plus the cost for this was so low that I had to post about it.


The ingredient list is very small too. The only thing I didn’t have on hand was glycerine.

What You Need
Bar of Soap-Mine was 3.5 ounces, so if yours is larger, you’ll want to adjust amounts accordingly
1/2 Gallon of water
1 tablespoon of glycerine

What To Do
1. Grate your bar on a cheese grater.
2. In a boiling pan, pour 1/2 gallon of water and the shavings of soap. Add your tablespoon of glycerine. Stir on medium to high heat until all the soap has dissolved.
3. Remove from stove and let cool COMPLETELY. It should take around 10 hours, but I sped mine up by placing it outside.
4. If your soap is too thick to be liquid, grab a mixer and pour water in slowly while mixing until you get the right consistency. I think I had to add about a cup of water and it was perfect.


This soap isn’t completely like liquid soap in it’s texture, but it’s the same otherwise! I poured mine into an old empty hand soap container, pumped it out and washed my hands. It’s not as foamy either, but it works great. Honestly my hands feel even more squeaky clean than normal.

And the best part is, I get to smell that wonderful scent of the bar my sister-in-law gave me. It’s wonderful!

  Total Cost: $3.89 for more than a half of a gallon of handsoap. I won’t be running out anytime soon. Of course, you’ll need to factor in the cost of the bar, but it’s still MUCH cheaper than buying at the store. 

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