Middlest Does It Herself: Liquid Hand Soap

23 Jan

Hand Soap

I have a very short list of products I will never buy again: tampons (Hail the Diva Cup), Yogurtlaundry detergent, and now liquid hand soap. All of which have been praised highly on the glitznblitz906 blog!

Around this time last year, I dabbled with making my own cleaning products. I would love to tell you that I was becoming one with the earth, saving it one product at a time. I wish I could tell you that money was a huge factor, but it wasn’t. The truth is, I got royally pissed reading the labels of many household products. The first ingredient listed on many products was water. WATER. Why was I paying almost $3 for an 8 ounce bottle of soap that was mostly water? And then I got stubborn. I scoured the internet for recipes for dish detergent, dish soap, & liquid hand soap.

Dish soap and dish washer detergent were nightmares. I had foam coming out of my dishwasher and the soap scum made my dishes look dirtier. **This is when you comment on a recipe that works well for you**

My next product to attempt was liquid hand soap.

“But Meghan? Why don’t you use plain bar soap?” Well readers, I don’t like bar soap. Using bar soap makes me feel dirty, as I have no idea whose grubby little hands have been on it. And besides, I had some weird experiences in elementary school with the bar soaps in urinals. We’ll leave it at that.

I digress…
The recipe was so simple, I felt foolish for not coming up with the recipe myself. This recipe includes two ingredients. TWO. It’s awesome and effective. And 3 ½ quarts of liquid hand soap has lasted a household of two people for over a year now. It’s awesome. I have so much pride in this recipe that I made it again. And since I’ve been using it solely for a year, it means it’s time for me to share the recipe with you. Even better yet, the final cost for a year’s supply of hand soap is the whopping price of the bar soap you buy. Yes. So my year’s supply ended up costing me $2.99 plus the price of 3 quarts of tap water.

Liquid hand soap

Stupidly Simple Liquid Hand Soap


  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 bar castille soap (or any soap you have on hand)
  • Essential oils of your choosing (optional)


  1. Boil 3 quarts of water for 3-5 minutes
  2. Finely grate, chop, or slice one bar of soap. The finer you grate, the faster step 4 is.
  3. Once boiling, add soap to water.
  4. Stir frequently until all soap particles have melted.
  5. Pour into glass container that is at least 4 quarts. It will be very thin at this time. Breathe, it’s expected!
  6. Allow to sit overnight. It should completely cool and thicken in 12 hours.
  7. If you want your soap to smell, add your essential oils at this time. Stir.
  8. Use a funnel to pour into your hand soap dispensers. This stuff is slippery, so be prepared to use your favorite curse words as you struggle to pour these into containers. It’s well worth it, though!
  9. I store this stuff in my basement away from direct sunlight.

And now you are able to gloat every time you wash your hands! You may have to get a bigger bathroom & kitchen, for your ego is going to just be massive. You’re welcome.



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