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!

This homemade soap recipe makes a liquid 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.

Homemade Liquid Soap Recipe


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)


  1. Grate the soap bar using the fine side of your cheese grater - the finer the flakes, the smoother the homemade liquid soap will be.

  2. 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.

  3. Let the mixture cool overnight. In the morning it will look milky and lumpy and kind of like jelly.

  4. Using an electric hand mixer or egg beater, whip the homemade liquid soap mixture until it becomes smooth.

  5. Stir in the Vitamin E and essential oils (see below for antibacterial essential oil blends.)

  6. 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 your Homemade Liquid Soap

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

Mint Refresher

25 drops peppermint, 15 drops orange, 5 drops eucalyptus OR lemongrass, 1 drop each geranium and ylang ylang

Spice Splash

30 drops lavender, 10 drops orange, 5 drops cinnamon OR clove
Caution: this blend may irritate sensitive skin

Citrus Sparkle

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 Castille Soap, water it down to the consistency you want, 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.

What Next?

Once you've learned how to make homemade soap, you're all set to make your own laundry detergent and dish soap, which work on the same principles. Here's some links to those recipes so you can branch out. Enjoy!

Homemade Dishwashing Detergent

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Natural Shampoo Recipes

Homemade Soap Bars

Aromatherapy Recipes Homepage from Homemade Liquid Soap