Domestic Diva: Homemade Body Wash

How to make homemade body wash!

Homemade Body Wash

Because of my successful Homemade Laundry Soap, I decided to gather more homemade skin care and body care recipes. Good thing because I have great readers who shares with me some of their best finds and today here’s Angela’s recipe for Homemade Body Wash which I plan on making soon.

Homemade Body Wash By Angie Klinzing

You will need

– 8 oz bar of soap (any bar will do, but read the label to make sure you are using 8 oz. For some soaps that’s one bar and others it’s 2 or 3 bars)

I used 3 which equaled 9.6 oz so I added a little more Glycerin when I made mine

– 2 Tbsp of Glycerin (found by the band aides and not soap aisle)

– 1 gallon (16 Cups of Water)

– Stock Pot (large one)

– Container for soap (example milk jug)

1. Grate your soap like its cheese (use cheese grater or cut up very small chunks)
Put in stock pot with the water and glycerin
Heat on Medium until all of the soap is dissolved (if you grate it goes faster)

2. When all is dissolved, you will have what looks like soapy water (that’s normal)

3. Take off the heat and let cool for 10-12 hrs

4. After the cool down it should be thick

5. Beat with hand mixer, adding as much water as you want in order to get what consistency you desire

6. At this point you can add in perfume and fragrances

7. Funnel in to a container

When I was done my homemade body wash was still pretty thick so I added more water when they were in the milk jugs. That’s how I came out with 2 milk jugs worth.

Thanks for this tip Angela!

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  1. Michelle says

    I made this with Olay bar soap and it never thickened up. Even after sitting over night. It still look s like soapy water. Help!

    • Chris says

      With Oil of Olay soap you can only use 1 cup of water to 1 bar of soap. I’ve already tried the Oil of Olay using another recipe that I had and it was way to thin too. The recipe I had called for 2 cups of water per bar of soap, which works great with Dove but not with Oil of Olay.

      What I ended up doing is putting the mixture back over med/low heat on the stove and adding another bar of Oil of Olay soap and the next morning after it had cooled off it was the right consistency for bath wash and it does still soap up and work well like this.

      With Dove soap it is 2 cups of water for each bar of soap and once it has cooled it will be the right consistency. With both of these I used the 4.25 size of soap. Hope this helps.

  2. Paula says

    I made some with Zest and water, now it is like stringy marshmallow cream! I really dont want to throw it out, I have added more water to it, any ideas!
    thank You!

    • Erin says

      I had the same thing happen with Dial…I ended up tossing it because i couldn’t’ get it out of the containers LOL

  3. Michelle says

    I got an idea but i dunno if its good one its a long process but i heard rose water is also good for skin. Again i cant recommend this for all soaps because all soaps arent created equal. I would want to use this recipe but instead of regular water use rosewater and dove soap. My skin is sooo dry and wrinkled im only 26.

  4. jennifer says

    ? I like this recipe . Where can I find the oils to put in the body wash . Like mint n lavender oil . N jojoba oil .

    • Lorrie says

      should be able to find at the Health food stores, an essential oil, just make sure you can use on skin (which normally you can)

  5. Cassie Glover says

    I put in only 1 tbs. of glycerin on accident. I used the largest measuring spoon on the ring and didn’t realize it was the 1/2 tbs. Do you think my whole batch is messed up?

  6. Cassie Glover says

    Also wondering how much essential oil to use. I must not have put enought because it just smells soapy.

  7. Linda says

    Using bar soap instead of body wash it tends to dry my skin out terribly. Does this recipe do that since it is using bar soap? Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.

    • Betsy says

      I had a terrible time with this recipe even though I followed it to the letter. It came out entirely too watery, so I basically doubled the recipe minus more water. I tried it for the first time today and it left my skin feeling tight, dry and filmy. I used pure castille soap. I refuse to abandon, so I will probably be adding some natural moisturizers to my body wash. Luckily, I always have coconut oil on hand, so tight, dry and filmy didn’t last long. 🙂

  8. Sean says

    I tried this recipe over the weekend with Lever bar soap and now I have a glob of soap sitting in a stock pot full of water. I have tried stirring it together but it just won’t mix. Any ideas on how to get soap and water to mix together?

  9. Hayley says

    I used two bars of Tom’s soap and so far it’s thickening very well. In fact, it’s almost perfectly solidified and it’s only been five hours. I also used distilled water and vegetable glycerin (not sure how much of a difference that would make).

  10. Carrissa Renninger says

    I know this is soap, but with essentials oils in it, does it tend to seperate when stored? Good Idea though for gifts! 🙂

  11. Sandy says

    Can coconut oil or shea butter be added and still make it sudsy? if so How much of either? I tried another receipe on another site just like your receipe and added some coconut oil but it doesn’t suds up. Any suggestions?

  12. Jennifer says

    I used a 6oz glycerine soap with 2 tbs glycerine and water. I never got the “thick” or “snotty” effect. After 24 hours I added enough water to make the consistency of body wash and used my hand blender. Oh, and I added some perfume to it. We’ll see what happens.

  13. Jennifer says

    So my body wash is more the consistence of gazpacho. It doesn’t work with a poof, so I’ll try a wash cloth next time. It does smell wonderful though.

    • Jennifer says

      It smells wonderful, but it’s so thin I end up using a lot. I’m gonna make another batch with an unscented soap (very allergic to most scents) and then add what I made. I’m determined to make this work 🙂

  14. Nakoa says

    I used dial glycerine bars and mine turned out great. I did not add glycerine since it was already in the bars.

    • Brenda says

      Libby’s Library, going to look you up on twitter. Was wondering if you ever happened upon a powder or lotion homemade recipe as well? Would love to make my own body wash but I also like having matching fragrances via powder & lotion…just wandering! Thanking you in advance! ~Brenda

  15. tiffany says

    i made this yesterday. woke up had a solid body was. so i added a little water stirred it threw it in my blender. mixed for a bit. put it in a gallon jug. i used half of a 7oz bar n cut back the water. so far so good. fixing to use it!

  16. Chariti Putnam says

    Help! Second time making this with oil of Olay, too watery, so I added a total of 5 bars and 2 dove bars too. No had to do this last time also, but it worked. Problem though, it expanded so much I the milk jugs and bottles I put it in that it exploded out of the top after a week or two, I vented bottles also, any helpful ideas?

  17. Dave a says

    Did this last night. Used Irish spring 3 6 oz bars and 2 3.5 oz bars of plain dial. 5 tbsp of glycerin and 2 gals. Of water and 1 tsp of salt. cooked on med high heat stirring frequently for an hour. Got up this morning looked watery with stringy stuff. Went to garage got drill and paddle mixer and blended the day lights out of it. 2 hours later was completely coagulated. Blended it again. Left house for 4 hours. Came back blended again and then transferred it into jugs ended up with 2.75 gallons. Will try it out in the morning. Smells great though.

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