Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Making Liquid Hand Soap

Learning how to make products that we use on a daily basis has been an enjoyable and rewarding experience so far. From household cleaners to toothpaste, there are so many things that one can learn to make! There are a number of different things that are on my "to learn how to make" list, and one of them was recently crossed off of that list . . . liquid hand soap.

Due to having some mild eczema flare-ups from time to time between a few of my fingers, I had switched to using handmade bar soap several months ago in the hopes that it would help, and it did. Then when visiting one of my favorite blogs and seeing her venture of making liquid hand soap, I knew I wanted to give it a try!

The recipe as printed off of the blog

Ashley had recently given me some bars of lovely scented handmade soap so I had all of the ingredients for this recipe save for the glycerin which a quick trip to Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon took care of.

The process of making this soap was so simple! First, begin heating around a gallon of water on your stove over medium high heat (I did a bit more water than this - not intentionally, however! I just lost count and added a few extra cups. I'm glad I did, though, as it stretched the soap a little further.)

Then, grate your bars of soap . . .

Add the glycerin and the grated soap to the warm water and stir . . .

If your water is warm, it won't take long at all to melt (at least mine didn't) . . .

Once it is all melted, turn the burner off and leave the soap to cool either for 10-12 hours or overnight. Mine began to separate a bit at the beginning while it cooled, so I stirred it occasionally.

The soap was pretty runny (as I expected from what was shared in the original recipe), and while it still would work, I went ahead did the suggested tip of mixing 3 Tbsp. of salt in a cup of hot water and adding it to the soap. Nothing happened at first, but after pouring the soap into quart jars and letting it sit for a few days, the soap become something between a liquid and a gel.

During the first few days after the soap was made, it would begin to separate after about 24 hours of sitting undisturbed. So I kept swirling the jars, maybe once or twice a day, and after a few days, there was hardly any separation. I did find that after it sits in the soap dispenser for several days, there might be a tiny bit of separation, but a quick shake of the dispenser takes care of that.

Now we have about 5 quarts of liquid hand soap to use, and it smells so good and leaves ones' hands feeling silky smooth!


  1. Lidia From HSAApril 11, 2012

    CONGRATULATIONS on crossing this of your to do list. :) Doesn't it make you feel good to be able to do that?
    I may need to try making some. :)

  2. How interesting. I have read a lot about soapmaking, but always of the bar type. I wonder if you could mix lavender with the soap?

  3. Thank you for posting this, Sarah. I enjoy exploring new homemade options when I come across something that could work well for us. This reminds me how badly I'm badly in need of an option for a facial moisturizer. The only product that works well for me costs about $36.00 every few months. While it's budgeted for, it is a hefty price to pay for healthy and hydrated skin.

  4. Hi Sarah your soap sounds wonderful!!! I'm back blogging & hope to catch up with you soon Marie x

  5. I agree, I love Amy at Homestead Revival! I have got to try this one. I'm sure it would save money. Our family washes their hands a lot on this farm!

  6. Thank you, Lidia! And yes, it does. :) If you do try making this, I hope it goes well for you!

  7. It was the same with me as well, Elizabeth, until recently. I am glad I found out about it, though, as it works really well! Now I would like to learn how to make bar soap - and hopefully soon!

    Yes, one should be able to mix lavender oil in with the soap. The recipe says that you can add essential oil to it, but as the bar soap I was using was already scented, I forwent that step. Lavender hand soap would be wonderful, though!

  8. You’re welcome, Renee! If you end up trying this sometime, I hope it works very well for you.

    I hope that you are able to find a facial moisturizer recipe that works well for you! And if you do, it would be wonderful if you could pass it on. :) I would like to make our own of that as well as hand lotions, too.

  9. It was so nice to hear from you again, Marie! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment! I am glad to hear that you are back to blogging, and I will certainly be visiting you there. :)

    Thank you again!

  10. Her blog is really nice, Monica! I always find inspiration when visiting there.

    Like you, we wash our hands a lot as well what with all the outdoor work that we do and the animals that we have, and the antibacterial store-bought soaps are really hard on the skin. Since switching to the handmade bar soap and now the liquid soap, I have noticed a significant difference in my skin. Anyway, if you do try this, I hope it works very well for you!

  11. great tutorial sarah!

    I'm aiming at trying my hand in this too.

    Your jars at the end turned out very pretty with the cute labels.

    I'm thinking that will make a nice gift too:)

  12. I saw Amy's post about her soap, too, and I immediately wanted to make some. When I made my bar soap, I shaved off some of the edges to make them look a bit more even, and I'm planning to save all the end pieces to make this hand soap recipe.

    I like the way it looks in your jars, too. I can't wait to make some!

  13. Thank you, Amanda! If you do end up trying this, I hope it works out just as well for you. This would make a nice gift idea . . . I hadn’t thought of that! Thanks for sharing. :)

  14. That would be a good idea, Joy, to use your shavings from when you made your bar soap. I’ll have to do the same when I begin making bar soap, too! When you have the opportunity to try this recipe, I hope it works well for you. Enjoy making it!

  15. Oh! I can't believe how I missed this post :( This is something I have been wanting to do for awhile but didn't find any recipes or tutorials that made sense like yours! Thanks ;) I'm glad I found it now!!


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