How To Make Liquid Hand Soap


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This homemade recipe is a great soap for washing hands and little faces as it’s a natural liquid soap that’s easy to make and cheap. Watch the video on how to make it. It’s under The Natural Home playlist.

For more homemade recipes, check out The Natural Home section or see 7 Homemade Cleaners. 

First though, an answer to a frequent question about glycerin.

What Is Glycerin?

Glycerin is an odorless, colorless, and sweet liquid usually added in toiletry and medical preparations. Glycerin is most commonly used when making soap and can be found at health food stores. It is a humectant, meaning it attracts moisture to your skin and it is used in foods, again, to preserve them.

It can be purchased from health food stores but is tricky to find and easier to purchase on Amazon.

How to Make Liquid Soap.

Here is a cost breakdown and ingredients needed to make your homemade liquid hand soap. As you can tell making liquid soap is way cheaper than buying it PLUS you can see what goes in there.

  • Bar of soap $.59
  • 1 TBSP honey $.25
  • 1 tsp glycerin (available from health food stores) $1
  • Water
  • Blender
  • Spoon
  • Final cost: $1.84 for 6 cups or 48oz

Normally in the store the 48oz refills run around $5 so a savings of $3.16!


  1. Shaunna W says:

    Is it okay to add an essential oil to this? Any recommended way of doing so?

    • I think so but I’m not totally sure 🙂 Sorry! I love the way mine smellss so I’ve never tried but I would probably add at the end and just see. HTH!

  2. Hi, greetings from Romania,
    I’ve seen your recipe for liquid soap on YouTube and I’ve searched your blog to see if you have more details on it, but I haven’t found the reason why you put a tablespoon of honey in the mixture. Is it because honey is antibacterial or for making it more consistent?

  3. Thank you for this recipe. I make home homemade cleaning products and the next thing I wanted to make was hand soap.

  4. Hi Clair. Greetings from nz. pls can you advise me what i did wrong as my soap is really watery and foam is on the top and watery liquid underneath. How can i fix it? Pls help.

    • Did you give it a good shake? i’ve heard that castille soap works really well for this too. I guess some work better than others. 🙂

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