DIY Liquid Soap

Make your own liquid hand soap.

What you will need:
3 Bars of Ivory soap
12 Cups of H20
24 Cups of H20 Reserved
Grater/Pan/Wisk or Stick Mixer
2 Gallon Container for storage

 Grate 3 bars of Ivory soap (purchased at the Dollar Store for a Buck)
Place soap into pan
Add 12 C. H20
Heat on high until soap is melted, stirring with a whisk, use your stick mixer to make sure everything is combined you don’t want any chunks.
When all the soap pieces turn to liquid turn off the heat and let cool overnight.
It will look like sudsy water at this point, but will thicken by morning.

 Add remaining 24 Cups of H20 and reheat soap, whisk to incorporate all the water, once this is done let the soap cool.

Pour into a container to keep on hand.

2 Gallons of liquid Soap made for $1.

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  1. says

    This is a GREAT idea!! I am currently working on some non toxic cleaning products but they have a way to go! Perhaps I could infuse this with a bit of lavender oil or citrus scents…hmmm…the possibilities are endless! I’m popping over from The Girl Creative blog roll. I have a new linky party starting today so stop on by!! Bianca

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  2. says

    This is brilliant! I love the way you have packaged it in your mason jar too. Great post-thank you.

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  3. says

    This is awsome. I can’t believe it’s this simple. I will be doing this soon, thanks for teaching!
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  4. Anonymous says

    After I made this & it sits it becomes gloppy and when I pump it a LONG strand of it remains on the pump. Is it supposed to do this?

  5. says

    I tried making this recipe this past week. Everything seemed to be going fine until the last step when I added the last bit of water. I reheated the soap then poured into my containers. I let sit about 24 hours and went to check on it, only to discover that the soap had separated–the bottom half looked kinda like the liquid soap I expected but nearly half of it appears to be water (maybe with a little soap). Anyone else have this problem? Did I not heat it up long enough when I added the second batch of water?

  6. Anonymous says

    Thank you for the recipe, it worked great! Not quite as foamy as store bought but I’m OK with that. I also made a batch for my vegetarian daughter made from animal free and cruelty free soap. The ratio of soap to water is a little different. It doesn’t use as much water so it doesn’t make as much but it’s still less expensive that store bought.

  7. Anonymous says

    I just made this last night and it is way too thick and almost solid like to put in soap dispensers. Will it thin out if I let it sit longer?

  8. Tleuschner says

    Does it matter what bar soap you use? I used a different brand and it’s really running and I’ve not even added the 24 cups of water yet.

  9. Anonymous says

    I made some using Olay bar soap, gylcerine and water – slick like snot and not suds so not even sure you are spreading it on your body. Does this have suds?

  10. says

    Wow! This makes a lot of soap! Thanks for the recipe. I actually had to make mine a little more concentrated than was called for- because I couldn’t fit all the water in my biggest pot. But I still had more than 2 gallons of soap and it turned out great. I blogged about it and linked to your site.

  11. Leanne says

    Thanks for this! I have to use fragrance free soap which is really expensive. I can use Ivory bar soap, though, so making it into a liquid will save lots of money. I’ll make it soon!

  12. Anonymous says

    I have had difficulty with this recipe. Perhaps I did something wrong, but I have had to re-heat this 4 times as the consistency was way to hard for liquid soap. Each time I added more and more water. Now, it is better, sort of slimy for lack of a better description, but it does do the job ok, so that is good. I do not think I will be making this recipe again however no worries for me as I now have gallons and gallons of this soap stored up.. Likely enough to last a life time.. LOL…

  13. says

    instead of grating the ivory soap, quarter it and put it in the microwave for about 30 seconds apeice. As its “cooking’ it puffs up. let that cool and then use your hands (or kids) to finely crumble it up with your hands.

  14. Anonymous says

    Is there a reason you can’t add all the hot water at once? I don’t understand why it has to be done in two stages.

  15. Anonymous says

    I have been using a slightly different recipe…3 T each of Borax and Washing Powder and 1 T of Dawn origional blue liquid soap. mix in 2 cups of hot water to disolve, and then add enough cold for a gallon bottle (I reused old clorox bottles from volunteering at the SPCA) and I shake it before pouring it into the wash. 1 cup for lightly soiled 2 cups for super dirty. We are even going to try using it at the shelter to save money (but it won’t be consistant because I am not there every day and we will run out….we do 30 or 40 loads a day!

  16. says

    after reading all the posts i see my concern has been covered…it is the consistency of egg white, gloppy and slimy..have it packaged already so hoping the sitting for 2 weeks helps, but i can’t see what that will do, but we will see..

  17. Anonymous says

    I just used tap water and figured since it boils, it should be fine/hygienic. Should I put some tea tree oil to preserve? Can I add essential oils of my choosing? Thanks.

  18. Anonymous says

    Ivory, dove etc all use animal tallow. Use handmade soap instead! Also if you are adding water you need to add a preservative or you are going to get some funk growing in there. Cute container though……

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  20. Kelly Love says

    Hi there! I have a question. Yesterday, I actually made the third batch of this soap. Only this time I used Oil of Olay because of the fragrance. I did everything the same as the other times, but this time the soap turned out like milk. It is fragrant and I guess could wash your hands, but I really am trying to find out a way to thicken it. Can that be done? I really appreciate this recipe! I have a homedaycare and we go through hand soap like nobody’s business! :-)

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