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Homemade Liquid Natural Hand Soap

March 2nd, 2012 | Posted by Angela in Homemade Natural Hygiene

I have been replacing many store-bought hygiene products with natural homemade versions as they run out.  This week the hand soap in the kids bathroom ran out.   It was time to tackle another DIY household item.  Homemade  liquid hand soap…here we go!

If you are wondering why you should make homemade hand soap, or at least purchase a natural version, I would like to share with you a bit of information.  According to researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the University of California, Davis:

“A widely used antibacterial chemical found in hand soaps and other personal care products hinders muscle contractions at a cellular level, reduces muscular strength in mice and slows swimming in fish.”  via CU University of Colorado

Yikes!  I am happy to ditch the chemical laden hand soap and switch to a healthier homemade version.  I made a gallon of homemade natural liquid hand soap for less than $5.00.  Making hand soap is super easy,  makes a bunch, and  saves you money.  What is not to like?

Here is what you need: 

Bar of natural soap, I used Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint, 3 Tbsp vegetable glycerine, 12 cups of water, and a cheese grater

Homemade Hand Soap


Here is what you do: 

Grate your bar of soap…be careful!  I grated my thumb…who knew making liquid hand soap would be so dangerous?!

Homemade Hand Soap


Pour 12 cups of water into large pot.  Mix in grated soap and glycerine.  Heat over medium-high heat until all of the soap is dissolved.

Homemade Hand Soap

Have a cute little girl stir for you!

Homemade Hand Soap

Remove from heat and let sit overnight.

My soap did not get too thick which is fine with me.  I have read that different types/brands of  bar soaps yield different results.  Some get too thick and need to be mixed with a hand-mixer.  Just  a hint in case you run into anything like this!

***UPDATE*** After sitting for about 10 more hours my soap thickened up nicely.  It was somewhat gloppy so I did pour it all into a large bowl and mix for about 1 minute.

It is now the same consistency as store-bought hand soap.

Homemade Hand Soap

This is awesome!  Almost a gallon of Homemade Natural Liquid Hand Soap  for under five bucks…can’t beat that!!

To see all of my natural living recipes please click here.


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