How to Make Liquid Hand Soap

This easy homemade hand soap will make your bathroom feel like a spa.

How to Make Liquid Hand Soap

Making your own soap might seem like an overwhelming project. Many DIY soap recipes are filled with ingredients that are difficult to find, they require very precise measurements, and they take a lot of time to make. That doesn't mean that these recipes aren't worthwhile--they can be!

However, we've got good news for you if you want to make your own liquid hand soap.

It's way easier to make!

All you need is a few simple ingredients and a few minutes, and you will have a batch of fresh homemade hand soap.

You can customize the fragrance to your favorite scent, and you can even change it up for each season. Make a batch of citrus hand soap for the summer and balsam hand soap for the winter. Your family will love it, and your guests will feel so pampered that they won't ever want to leave.

How to Make Liquid Hand Soap

-Soap dispenser of choice (approximately 7 ounces)
-1 tablespoon liquid castile soap
-20 drops of essential oils (try lemongrass or lavender!)
-Distilled or filtered water


  1. Place the tablespoon of liquid castile soap in your soap dispenser.
  2. Add your essential oils.
  3. Fill the rest of the soap dispenser with distilled water.
  4. Put the top on the soap dispenser and shake to mix.
That's it! Yep, it's really that easy to make your own hand soap.

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Why Make Your Own Hand Soap?

You might wonder why you'd want to make a bath product that you can buy fairly easily (and cheaply).

For starters, the custom fragrance in this recipe is pretty irresistible. Commercial fragrances can be great too, but there's something special about using a signature fragrance in your home.

For another thing, you can save some money making your own soap! While buying liquid castile soap is a bigger up front expense, one large bottle will last you through many batches of homemade soap. You will spend less in the long run with this DIY version.

Finally, it can be healthier to make your own hand soap! If you prefer fewer chemicals in your bath and beauty routine, then it's good to avoid commercially produced liquid soap. In addition to potentially harmful artificial fragrance, many liquid hand soaps contain triclosan, which is an ingredient that reduces bacteria growth. While this ingredient is generally safe, the FDA acknowledges that some studies show it contributes to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics.

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More Great DIY Soap Recipes

Our soap recipe is a great place to start, but we have many more fantastic recipes to share! These soap DIYs are easy, smell amazing, and are a luxurious addition to any bath routine. Enjoy!

10 Minute Liquid Soap and Mason Jar Dispenser - This is another easy soap recipe, plus it comes with a handy Mason jar soap dispenser DIY!

Herb-Infused Natural Dish Soap - Did you know you can make your own dish soap? You can! This simple recipe will have your dishes squeaky clean and your hands smelling amazing.

Natural Citrus Antibacterial Soap - This bar soap smells like fresh citrus, and it contains natural ingredients. It's the perfect soap to turn your bathroom into a home spa.

DIY Foaming Hand Soap - Love a foaming hand soap? No problem! Try this simple recipe and skip the trip to the soap aisle.

Have you ever made your own soap? Let us know in the comments below!

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I have been wanting to make my own handsoaps because of the cost of the ones you buy at bath and bodyworks and I want it to be safe to use and I really did not realize it was this easy. What a super easy tutorial and very little ingredients. Thank you for a great hand soap tutorial. Great gift for housewarming.

I'd love to give this a try. It seems so economical, and I love the idea of making my own signature scent.

I love the idea of being able to customize your own soap. Store-bought liquid soaps have too much artificial scent for me I'd love to make something more natural.


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