DIY Liquid Hand Soap – Simple to make!


Liquid Hand Soap is so easy to make. Once you try this recipe, you will say – why didn’t I try this a long time ago?!  I used a bar of Ivory soap in this recipe, although I bet any bar soap will do.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 C of  Ivory Bar Soap grated (or whatever bar soap you have on hand)
1  1/2 C of Hot Water
1 Tbsp of White Vinegar
2-3 drops of Tea Tree Oil

Here’s how you make it:

  1. Grate approx. half of a bar of Ivory soap into a mixing bowl. It took me less than one minute to do this.
  2. Heat the water in the microwave for 3 minutes and then pour it over the grated soap to melt it. (If you try this method, be sure to use a hot pad when removing the water, it will be very warm!)
  3. Add all other ingredients and mix well. (If you do not have a dropper in the Tea Tree Oil, measure out about 1/8 of a teaspoon.)
  4. Allow liquid mixture to cool completely.  This is important, the hot liquid will expand in a bottle. 🙂
  5. Pour into a soap dispenser.  I used an old recycled soap bottle.


My water was not quite hot enough to melt all of the grated soap, so I added it to a pot on the stove and heated for about 3 minutes on medium – low to liquefy.  You may skip the second step and heat it all in a pot on the stove.  However, be sure to keep it on medium- low and do not boil it.  The soap can scorch.


Total prep time was about 5 minutes.

Note: Bar soap has a thickening agent in it. You may need to add a little bit more water after step 5! I added a small amount to mine and shook it up. This makes great liquid hand soap!


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