DIY Hand Soap


Tired of hand soap that makes your hands dry and cost a fortune? Then make your own.  This recipe will cost you $1.50, and can refill a soap dispenser 6 times. Not bad considering most hand soap from the store cost at least $1.50 a bottle.


All you need is 11 cups of water, 1 bar of soap, 1 tablespoon of glycerin, and 10 drops of essential oil.  Use Tom’s of Maine and Dr. Bronner’s Castile bar soap for the best results, and we recommend using lavender essential oil.


  • Use a grater or food processor to get the bar soap into small pieces.
  • Boil four cups of water, and add the grated soap. Make sure the water is actually boiling before adding the soap.
  • Stir until it melts, and add the glycerin. Once everything is melted, add the remaining water.
  • Let it cool. Amy recommends splitting up the liquid because it will make it cool faster. Once cool, add the essential oil.
  • Let it sit overnight.
  • The next morning add two cups of the liquid at a time in the blender, so it can be smooth enough to work in the soap pump. If you want the liquid to be thinner, then add some water. If you want the liquid to be thicker, then add 2 more tablespoons of glycerin. Be sure to let it sit for a few hours.
  • If you want to use it in a foaming soap dispenser, then add ¼ of the liquid to the bottle, and fill up the rest with water. Shake the liquid and water together.

Hope this DIY hand soap bring you some fun and saves you money beauties!

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    • bmist504
    • September 13, 2012

    Neat DYI

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