Homemade Liquid Hand Soap

Homemade Liquid Hand Soap is easy and affordable!
I discovered this method one day, while researching making homemade bar soap. And even though, I have yet to make homemade bar soap, I did jump on this!
Mainly because it is so simple!!!


Just three simple ingredients and you will have a half a gallon, healthy for the body, liquid hand soap!


All that is needed,
*2 Bars of Healthy Ingredient Soap of Your Choice
*Distilled Water
*Optional* Essential Oil (some bar soaps like mine, are already loaded with essential oil, but you can for sure add what you like and make that soap smell good!)


Grate the bars of soap with a cheese grater .

This was easy and went very quickly.


The little ones can help too ;) he couldn’t keep his hands out!


The smell of the soap was already very strong, it filled the whole room!
It was lovely.


Monday morning project in pajamas with Mommy, are our favorites :)


You can find the Glycerin at a local pharmacy. I just asked the lady if they had any (since I had no idea what it was) and she quickly brought me a bottle. It was around $7. No worries of it running out anytime soon. I have tons of soap and this recipe only needed 2-4 teaspoons.


Place the grated soap into a stainless steel pot, filled with 1/2 to 3/4 a gallon of distilled water.


Add the glycerin and warm the soap over medium heat, stirring until all the strands have dissolved into liquid.
Place your pot into a safe and cool place overnight. It will continue to thicken even after it has cooled.


Once the soap has fully cooled, it may or may not be the texture that you like. With this recipe I started out with only using 1 bar of soap, but after it had cooled, my liquid soap was too liquidy. So I grated another bar, added two more teaspoons of glycerin, and reheated over the stove until the soap strands were fully dissolved. Cooled again overnight and it was perfect.
Due to the type of bar soap you use, it may have more of an oil base which is the reason mine turned out too watery.  If it does the opposite and turns out too thick, then add more water.
And in my case, it was too watery and the reason I ended up using two bars of soap.


Store in a half gallon jar or right into a soap dispenser.


Many of the store bought liquid soaps are loaded with ingredients that I prefer to live without. Even the hand anti-bacterial gels are loaded with bad things that weaken our immune systems and affect our hormone levels.
So every tidbit can help in keeping our bodies healthier

I rather enjoy washing my hands now!

Homemade Liquid Hand Soap

  • 2 Bars Hand Soap (Preferably homemade, or from the health food store)
  • 2-4 Teaspoons Glycerin
  • 1/2 – 1 Gallon Distilled Water
  • *Optional* Essential Oil of Your Choice

My inspiration source for this recipe…



  1. Pam January 29, 2014 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    Oh my goodness this looks amazing Sweetie. I feel like making some tomorrow; You’ve got me itching to do it. I think I already have the glycerin. Your soap is beautiful, and I can almost smell how nice your house smells with it grated ; I love the smell of grated soap when making laundry detgt. It is great that it is such healthy and simple liquid soap….right up my alley; what a beautiful post.
    Love you so much,

    • E. Ann February 3, 2014 at 6:07 pm - Reply

      I can’t wait for you to try it Mom! You are so smart, you already have the glycerin on hand lol! I didn’t know what it was! Maybe when we come, we could do it together :) Love you too!

  2. Roxy January 31, 2014 at 9:10 am - Reply

    Okay, my dear friend, I believe the whole post is a wake-up call! I am going to learn to do this and stop all the ridiculous fake and harmful soaps we are paying big bucks for!
    I appreciate this post very much…
    Blessings, Roxy

    • E. Ann February 3, 2014 at 6:03 pm - Reply

      I agree Roxy! So much better and fun! :)

  3. Amy Jones January 31, 2014 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    This is so timely Elizabeth!
    I was just telling Barry the other night that we really need to look for more organic ingredient soaps and to stop using all this other chemical filled soaps that are in the stores. There has been so many health issues with using all these chemical based products.

    I have been saving all my old hand soap bottles, so now all I need to do is get started!

    I love that it only takes 3 ingredients. I will be going to get glycerin ASAP!!

    Thanks for sharing this!

    Love Ya Friend,

    • E. Ann February 3, 2014 at 6:02 pm - Reply

      Good for you Amy saving all your soap bottles!! I know, I really want to eventually start using better shampoos and conditioners. It all takes time to change our habits, but so rewarding when it works and is cost effective as well :) Love you too Amy!!!

  4. Roxy February 1, 2014 at 10:49 am - Reply

    Just a quick note; copied this article and I did buy some glycerin yesterday. Thanks for this recipe!
    Blessings, Roxy
    I also picked up a couple of very pretty all white hand soap dispensers.

    • E. Ann February 3, 2014 at 5:56 pm - Reply

      I am so excited for you to try it Roxy! I hope you like it! :)

  5. February 3, 2014 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    Definitely going to be a future weekend project!

    • E. Ann February 3, 2014 at 5:59 pm - Reply

      I am glad Peggy! Let me know how it turns out!! :)

  6. Dee February 3, 2014 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    Can it become foaming soap? I read somewhere about making your own by combining a small amount of liquid soap, some water, and the foaming pump will do it. This would be better, since I could control the scents better (peppermint hand soap…!)

    • E. Ann February 3, 2014 at 5:59 pm - Reply

      I love your idea Dee. I don’t know how this soap would work. It doesn’t foam up very much like traditional liquid soap. But it does clean your hands and smells wonderful.. Do let me know if you try it and how it worked!

  7. Betsy McCarthy March 14, 2014 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    Next time you make some switch to vegetable glycerin found at health food stores. This is made from plant based items. Regular glycerin at a pharmacy is made from animal / petroleum based items.

    • E. Ann June 4, 2014 at 9:53 pm - Reply

      Thank you Betsy for your wonderful tip!

  8. Carol Roberts July 14, 2014 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    I made this soap but mine is still watery. I added more soap & glycerine, but still thin. I used Dove soap to shread, do you think this is the problem. Any suggestions to help thicken?

    • E. Ann July 18, 2014 at 8:32 pm - Reply

      Hello Carol! Hmmm it may be the dove soap, but I have noticed with mine that it thickens so much that I will have to occasionally add water and mix it up again. But it sounds like yours is doing the opposite. After how thick mine gets, it sounds kind of nice to have it watery hehehe. I know that when making a liquid soap from home, it may not always be perfect like the store products but they have so many fillers. So its kind of up to what bothers you most. Thank you for commenting :)

  9. penny groves November 1, 2014 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    Hi, anxious to try, but from my understanding if you use homemade bars of soap aren’t they loaded with glycerin? I guess I am wondering what the key to adding it may be.

    • E. Ann January 2, 2015 at 10:47 pm - Reply

      Yes, Penny Groves, I am curious about that as well lol! I am no expert, just found this recipe and loved it for its simplicity. I believe it just helps gel it together :)

  10. Jessica November 26, 2014 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    Hi there, sounds great! Going to try this, just wondering if this needs a preservative in it since it has water? Thank you!

    • E. Ann January 2, 2015 at 10:46 pm - Reply

      Hi Jessica! I am not sure about that. I am new to making soap myself, but I have noticed that my soap has lasted well over long periods of time. :)

  11. Luisa December 31, 2014 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    Do you have to use a stainless steel pot or can you use any kind?

    • E. Ann January 2, 2015 at 10:40 pm - Reply

      Hi Luisa, I am by no means in expert at making homemade soap ha! But I would suggest using a stainless steel pot :)

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