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Super Easy Liquid Hand Soap "Recipe"

Updated: Feb 21

Hi there!

Today I will be showing you a quick tutorial on how to make liquid hand soap using castile soap.

Remember, this is a LIQUID hand soap, not a foaming hand soap.

I have never tried making foaming hand soap, but that is something I want to do in the future, though, as I hear it allows you to use less soap, thereby saving you money.

If you want to know how to make foaming castile soap, check out Whitney's article.

My husband was a little hesitant about this because of how runny it is, but since it works so well, he quickly approved of it.

It is also very cheap to make, especially if you buy castile soap in bulk.

You also do not need a lot of soap as it is very concentrated and that will save you money $$!

It is also very healthy for your skin as most hand soaps contain bad ingredients that are (you guessed it!) bad for your skin. And to get quality hand soap, you have to pay out the butt for a small bottle with a scent that dissipates quicker than anything.

I have only bought Dr. Bronner’s castile soap, so I cannot verify the effectiveness of other brands. I can assure you, though, that this one is very effective!

It is also nice to use castile soap (especially Dr. Bronner’s) because of all of the different scent options. Or you could choose unscented.

And it is all-natural, of course.

My favorite scent is lavender, and the scent is not too strong or too light.

In case you are wondering, I repurposed an empty plastic hand lotion bottle instead of ordering an amber glass one.

I think it is safer for us to use a plastic one anyway because there is always a high

possibility of me dropping it or accidentally knocking it off the counter :)

I took the label off using the method in my other post:

How To Easily Peel Labels Off Jars

You can also adjust the amount of castile soap you want, but be aware that this stuff is highly concentrated so you do not need a lot.

This mixture is pretty runny, but it lathers up so well that it does not really matter.

Okay, so let's get to making an easy, cheap, and healthy hand soap :)

First, gather your ingredients. You will want to use distilled water to make this because regular tap water can cause white sediment to fall on the bottom. It is not a big deal if you do use tap water as the sediment will not do anything, but because we have a Zero Water pitcher, I chose to use it.

Fill up your container about 1/4 of the way full for a lighter soap or 1/2 of the way full for a stronger soap (keep in mind this stuff is concentrated).

Fill up the rest with water.

A friend of mine mentioned to me that when she makes any soap mixture, she always adds the water first, and then puts the soap in. This reduces or eliminates the foam that develops when you put the soap in first and then pour in the water. 

If you do fill with soap first, then you should trickle the water in slowly by running it down the inside wall of the bottle instead of splashing it directly into the soap.

This is good advice and I will be following it next time I make this “recipe”.

I thought I would include it now, though, for your information.

Look at those bubbles!

Gently shake the bottle to mix it.


You just made your own HEALTHY hand soap!

Pretty easy, I know. After doing this the first time, I have never turned back to buying regular hand soap.

Look at that lather!

I do wish that you enjoyed this tutorial! Now go and wash your hands!


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