Homemade Liquid Soap Recipe
Making homemade soap is easy (and aromatic) with these simple homemade soap recipes
Homemade liquid soap can be easy or hard to make. I'm going to talk about how to make homemade soap the easy way, since most of us
don't have the time, ingredients or equipment to get into the tricky way.
Making homemade soap is an economical way to take care of your family's health without harsh chemicals, toxic fillers and hormone-disrupting fragrances.
The homemade soap recipes I've included here use essential oils to power up their germ-killing powers, plus they smell wonderful and give your energy and spirits a lift every time you use them.
They may even get your little ones to wash their hands without complaining!
Homemade Liquid Soap Recipe
This homemade soap recipe makes a lquid soap that's cloudy white in color. It's gentle but effective,
and you can scent it with a number of different antibacterial essential oils.
- 1/2 cup finely grated Glycerin Soap bar
- 5 cups water
- 1/2 tablespoon vegetable Glycerin
- 1/2 teaspoon (2 capsules) vitamin E
- 30 drops Essential Oil (see below for blends)
- Grate the soap bar using the fine side of your cheese grater - the finer the flakes, the smoother the homemade liquid soap will be.
- Put the soap flakes, water and glycerin into a large pot and cook gently over a low heat until the soap flakes have dissolved.
Stir the mixture occasionally to speed up the process.
- Let the mixture cool overnight. In the morning it will look milky and lumpy and kind of like jelly.
- Using an electric hand mixer or egg beater, whip the homemade liquid soap mixture until it becomes smooth.
- Stir in the Vitamin E and essential oils (see below for antibacterial essential oil blends.)
- Pour the soap into dark glass, ceramic or PET plastic soap bottles and use as normal. Keep any extra in a large glass bottle in a cool dark place.
Essential Oils for Homemade Soap Recipes
Here's a few ideas for mood-lifting, stress-reducing, germ-killing essential oil blends
for your homemade soap recipes.
Lavender 'n Lemon
- 25 drops each lavender and lemon essential oils.
- 25 drops peppermint, 15 drops orange, 5 drops eucalyptus OR lemongrass, 1 drop each rose geranium and ylang ylang.
- 30 drops lavender, 10 drops orange, 5 drops cinnamon OR clove.
Caution: this blend may irritate sensitive skin.
- 15 drops each lemon, lemongrass and tea tree essential oils. Add 1 drop of ylang ylang if you like a hint of sweetness.
Customizing Your Homemade Liquid Soap Recipe
Super Easy Trick for Making Homemade Soap
Buy a bottle of
Liquid Castile Soap, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of vegetable glycerin to thicken it a bit, then scent it with any of the essential oil blends above.
Just remember, you want about 30 drops of essential oil per 2 cups of liquid soap.
- You can control the consistency of your homemade liquid soap by changing the amount of water you use.
For a thinner, runnier liquid add more water. Experiment until you get the thickness you want.
- If you want to use just one single essential oil, such as lavender, use 30 to 50 drops per recipe. Keep in mind that the citrus oils can increase
the risk of sunburn and that some essential oils have other safety concerns. Make sure you do your research! Here's a link to
essential oils properties
so you can look them up.
- You could also try using other types of soap bar to make your soap flakes, such as a nice olive oil or goat's milk soap.
You could even try adding a few drops pf food coloring and see what happens (I haven't tried this, so I have no idea how it will work.)
Play with the recipe until you create your own unique masterpiece!
Buying Supplies for Making Homemade Soap
You can buy a good bar of pure glycerin soap at your pharmacy or supermarket. I buy mine at my local bulk food store. Or you can buy it online from
Mountain Rose Herbs, my favorite supplier.
Here's some quick links for buying homemade liquid soap ingredients.
Lemon essential oil
Lemongrass essential oil
Orange essential oil
Peppermint essential oil
Rose Geranium essential oil
Tea Tree essential oil
Ylang Ylang essential oil
Once you've learned how to make homemade soap, you're all set to make your own laundry detergent and dishsoap, which work on the same principles.
Here's some links to those recipes so you can branch out. Enjoy!
Homemade Dish Soap
Homemade Dishwashing Detergent
Homemade Laundry Detergent
Natural Shampoo Recipes
Homemade Soap Bars
Aromatherapy Recipes Homepage from Homemade Liquid Soap
Organic, lavishly sudsy and beautifully scented!
Over 325 pumps per bottle - super economical. (Yay!)
Yummy - give them a try!
- Lavender Geranium
- Double Mint
- Citrus Sunshine
- Clary Sage & Fir
Buy Antiviral Essential Oils
I personally buy all my essential oils from dōTERRA because they work the best.
Whenever dōTERRA doesn't carry an oil, Mountain Rose Herbs is my next go-to supplier.
Here's some quick links for buying disinfectant essential oils.
The Naturally Clean Home
is an excellent resource book with...
- 150 all-natural recipes for home, garden, office and car.
- Formulas for nontoxic, biodegradable, fresh smelling cleaners.
- Simple enough for beginners, but as effective as commercial cleaners. And WAY cheaper!
- Additional tips on HOW to clean effectively.
I love this book - it's a terrific all-around instruction book for green housekeeping, and you'll use it again and again.
Check it out!
The Complete Book of Essential Oils
really is a "complete" resource with more than 600 recipes
- 10 basic essential oils (and how to use them)
- Work, travel & play
- Face, body & hair
- Babies, children, women, men & the elderly
- Home, garden, pets & holiday celebrations
- Cooking with essential oils
This is just a high-level look at the chapters.
Click on the book cover at
to see the table of contents - you'll be amazed at the amount of information.
I love this book - it's a terrific reference you'll use again and again (I know I do!)
Check it out!