DIY Liquid Handsoap

I was inspired by this tutorial, found via Pinterest, to make my own liquid hand soap. The process is almost identical to making your own liquid laundry detergent, and I wanted to use up the million little hotel soaps we keep collecting.


  1. Grate the soap into a 1 gallon+ sized pot, using a cheese grater or spice grater.

  2. Add 1 gallon of water to the soap shavings (that's 16 cups).

  3. Add the liquid glycerin.

  4. Turn the heat to medium-high, stirring occasionally, until the soap dissolves.

  5. Turn off the heat and let it cool for 10-12 hours.

  6. If it's hardened too much to pour into containers, use an electric mixer to blend it (adding a little bit of water at a time) until the consistency is correct.

  7. If it's too runny/watery, head it up again and add more soap shavings (I'd aim for 1 oz), then let cool and harden again.

Voila! You've saved money, and helped the environment by not purchasing plastics or supporting a chemically-laden, water-wasting process of soap making. Plus, you can use this as liquid body you're now a multi-tasker, too. Congrats!

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