Easy To Make Natural Liquid Hand Soap Recipe

Make your liquid hand soap. It is easy, cheap, and natural depending on the soap you use!! This is a great way to recycle and use up those little slivers of left over bar soaps. You may use a new bar of soap if you prefer. I make my own soap so I have plenty of natural soap around to work with but use whatever you have on hand. We reuse empty soap containers to store our liquid soap. You can make a label to put on the container to cover the old name.


4 oz Soap
4 oz Water

Optional Ingredients:

Depending on your soap, you may need these. If you are using a natural bar that is moisturized it will be good without additives. Soap becomes slimy if you too much glycerin.

Glycerin - 1 teaspoon

Glycerin is not expensive and is available in big box stores in the pharmacy area, in drug stores and many craft, hobby stores on the soap making aisle.

Raw Honey - 1 Tablespoon

Honey makes soap rich and luxurious, plus it is good for your skin. Raw Honey is always best for you. For people needing allergy relief, experts say it is good to buy honey as close to where you live as possible for the most benefits.

1 Teaspoon Coconut Oil, or Raw Shea Butter, melted

This is extra moisturizing. You will need to melt the coconut oil and shea butter before adding. You can put it in a small glass cup and melt it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Drizzle it into melting soap towards the end to incorporate it. Mixing well.

Note: Coconut Oil’s melting point is low, so it will be in liquid form in temperatures over about 80 degrees. It will return to solid when temps drop. We sell raw shea butter from Africa in our etsy shop. https://www.etsy.com/listing/106050106/4-oz-raw-unrefined-shea-butter-from and on our website. http://craftycutiesbydesign.com/cart/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=998

18 Drops of Your Favorite Essential Oil

Eucalyptus, Mints, Lemon, Tea Tree, Grapefruit or Lavender work well. Do not add more  than recommended, they are powerful and may burn your skin.

1. Get your cleaned out empty containers lined up and ready.

2. Measure 4 cups of water and pour into a large pan.

3. Begin grating your soap. It is fastest to use a food processor with a shredder, but you can use a hand grater. You do not want any big chunks because those will not melt properly and will make your finished product a bit lumpy!!

4. Bring your water to a boil.

5. Weigh 4 oz of your shredded soap. We use a digital scale. No worries if you do not have a scale. 4 oz is roughly 2 cups of lightly packed shredded soap.

6. Turn off the heat under your boiling water and add your shredded soap. Stir to melt.

7.  You may add your honey, glycerin and melted butters if needed now. Wait to add your essential oils because if you add them when soap is too hot, your essential oils will evaporate and lose most of their healing benefits and their scent.

8. Let cool for about 15 minutes. Stir again. Now add your essential oils if needed. You may use fragrance oils or none at all if your soap is already scented.

9. We let liquid soap set for at least another 4 hours, and stir again to see how thick it is. Your soap will slowly thicken as it cools and form a thicker layer on top. Mix well. It will be much thicker. If you need it thinner, reheat, add more water, then do the cooling and stirring process again. Reheat and add more shredded soap if you need to thicken it.

10. Using a funnel pour soap into containers. Cap. They are ready to use.


We use a lot of soap so we usually make double this amount. The ratio for a thick soap in a regular pump container is 1 oz of soap to 1 oz of water so make as little or much as you want. They store well, lasting for months, so make a big batch now to have for later.

If you plan on making your own soap in the future, it is VERY helpful to keep a pen, notepad, or blank paper on a clipboard nearby and make notes about what type of soap you are using, amount of water, other ingredients. Later write in your results, was it too thick or thin, need more fragrance?? That is how you can tweak your recipes in the future to make them the very best for you. You will not remember your recipe and all the details without notes!!

Foamer pumps are fun to use. We have found them cheaply at the Dollar Tree, and when original soap is gone, we make our own liquid hand soap to put in them. You will need to thin down this recipe to about 1 -2 oz of shredded bar soap to 4 cups of water. Make with the above recipe. If soap is too thick it will not pump up properly.

We LOVE natural products and make them when we can, but if all you have is a commercial bar of soap, use that. You can still save a lot of money making your own hand soap. It is a fraction of the price of store bought liquid hand soap.

If you are unfamiliar with essential oils we have an information about them, where to buy, how to store them, how to buy good quality essential oils at the best prices. http://www.craftycutiesbydesign.com/blog/2012/08/05/essential-oils-information/

We have other information pages with benefits and uses of the individual essential oils.Some essential oils are naturally anti bacterial so you may wish to use one of those to make a healthy liquid soap.

Information with benefits of butters and oils here. http://craftycutiesbydesign.com/cart/index.php?act=viewDoc&docId=45

Have fun making your soap and if you have any questions or comments, please let me know!!