DIY Liquid Hand Soap

When I saw a pin that said you could make up to 64 ounces or more liquid hand soap for pennies and from just one bar of soap, I knew it was something I had to try. (cause I am cheap, hahaha)

What you need:

  • 1 bar of soap (about 4 ounces)-I used Yardley
  • 1 Tablespoon glycerin
  • 8 cups water

What you need to do:

  1. Grate the bar of soap
  2. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil and add grated soap, mix and stir until soap has melted.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon glycerin
  4. Let sit 10-12 hours, stirring every few hours.
  5. After mixture has cooled, add about 2-4 more cups of water until soap is the consistency you like.

I have actually tried to make liquid hand soap twice now. My first attempt I used a different recipe. (to see it go here) That one was a horrible failure. It was like washing your hands with a giant hocker! EWWWWW!!! Although it failed miserably, I refused to give up hope on cost effectively making my own liquid soap. So I decided to try this recipe by Thrifty North West Mom.

The Verdict:

No matter how high my hopes may soar, DIY Liquid Hand Soap perfection seems to elude me! Although it is not nearly as bad as my first batch, it still feels kind of snot like. Granted it is still soap and it does get your hands clean, I am going to have to Pin-Fail-It 🙁 If you can get over the “loogie” like feel then this soap is for you! Sadly it is not for me. My only question now is what to do with 2 gallons of

slimy snot soap? Christmas gifts??? I am only kidding, Or am I???? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA




    • Cassie says

      I never thought of that. It does feel like washing you hands with snot! If I put a few drops of green or yellow food coloring in it, it just might look like snot to! hahaha I am sure some parents would be thrilled that there little ones got snot soap! Thanks for the Idea Jess! 🙂

  1. jessica says

    You have to blend it after it has set for the 10 hours. I used a recipe from another site and that was part of the directions. You can just use a regular hand mixer and blend on low-med until smooth. Mine turned out fine after I did that.

    • Cassie says

      I tried your tip Jessica, and it was better at first. The soap was a little foamy, but after setting in the bottle for a few days it was right back to being snot like. 🙁 I was really hoping that this tip would work. Thanks again Jessica

    • says

      I blended it after it sat for 10 hours and it did not help. The description of washing your hand with a giant hocker is a perfect description. Ick.

  2. WhimsyMom says

    I have made 6, yes six, GALLONS of this goopy, drippy mess! I have made every other cleaning concoction imaginable with great success, but not with this stuff. I did, however, find that the local animal shelter was willing to take the gloppy mess…..I used Dr. Bronner’s soap so they are able to use it to wash the animals!

    • Cassie says

      I am so glad that I am not the only one that could not make this recipe work! Thanks for the reassurance WhimsyMom.

  3. Miriam says

    Just came across your website and love it! I’ve often wondered about all of those DIY’s posted on Pinterest and whether they worked or not. Some just seem too good to be true. Thanks for trying these and letting us know how it goes! I haven’t laughed so much in a long time! 🙂

  4. Jackie says

    Hi I too have the same snot soap.A Large bottle of the stuff.I am so lucky.. I will not tell you what my hubby calls it.LOL I have put more water with it which seem to make it better then when the water just sits on the top of the bottle and the snot at the bottom.Then the water goes and you cannot get the snot out. Still cannot tell you what my hubby shouts out when you cannot get the snot out of the bottle. And I thought I was the only one who did somthing wrong. And there was so many posts about this soap I thought they were getting this soap right..

  5. Shelley says

    It’s the glycerin I’m sure that makes it snotty. I make body wash without the glycerin and it doesn’t go snotty. I just tried it with glycerin and it went snotty.

    • says

      I made a version without glycerin and it was still unbearably snotty. Ironically, someone else suggested that mine was snotty because I _hadn’t_ added the glycerin.

  6. Eman says

    I tried this recipe and it was an absolute failure!! >_< when my brother tried it he felt like he wanted to throw up! =D I made a small soap of 50 grams it ended up with about one gallon of hand soap.


    I tried a different recipe but with dove bars,it was awesoome! i put it on the sink,our family was invited this day they all loved the soap and asked for the recipe =D

    It's one large bar of dove (your favourite choice) i tried the pink one with 2 cups of hot water in a glass container (for me it didn't need to be put on the stove ) and stir gently until all the shavings dissolve ! let sit for 24 or 48 hours then put it into containers

    note:you can adjust its consistency as preferable by adding more water or more soap shavings

  7. AnnaT says

    LOVE your site as I am a huge pinterest fan but have also found some of the “recipes” to be huge disasters.

    I tried making the body wash – which is basically the same as making the liquid soap. OMG snot is the PERFECT way to describe it. I was sitting in the bath, tried to pour a little “body wash” on my hand and then, well half the bottle same out in one giant gloop. It was GROSS!

  8. Lauren says

    I too tried this with ivory soap and loved the amount if soap I got (almost a gallon) for around 2 dollars, but couldn’t get past the snot consistency either. I would add water to it each time I needed to refill my dispenser but it just gelled right back up after a day or so. Actually broke down and bought liquid soap last night. I will say though I have tried the dove recipe and it works a lot better. Only complaint I get from guests is they think they’ve squirted out lotion instead of soap because of the way it looks. If you work it enough in your hands it will foam up too!

  9. andin says

    Guys, dove works best because of the moisturizer added in it.
    Try mine, won’t be a dissapointment (at least not to me). To fix the snotty texture, lessen the water into 2/3 to 3/4 of your measurment. Then add 2 cups of any light oil, stir using hand mixer. The oil will soften the soap texture, close to commercial products so you won’t need too much water. For lathering, palm oil works best. If it’s still too thick for your liking, add more water & oil, little by little. I just made my 6th batch, it’s pretty.
    And no, it won’t feel oily after use, still cleans well.

  10. Jahel says

    Thank you so very much, Andin!!! You’re one of the few who has actually experimented how to fix it! I’ll try it!! Also, I don’t know why all of the recipes ask for a FULL bar of soap. Like you couldn’t simply stop grating once you’ve shaved 1/10 – 1/8 parts of the soap. Then you just add the proportional amount of water and glycerin required on a little pot (like half a cup of water and 1/2 tablespoon of glycerin), and once melted and stirred let it sit just for a while in the freezer (about 15 mins). Seriously people. Don’t go wasting gallons of water turned into soapy slime!!

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