Homemade Liquid Hand Soap

We are constantly using handsoap in our house. It seems like every week I am replacing the one in the bathroom and kitchen. Since I love the Bath and Body Works foaming handsoap this added up very fast. So I switched to buying the large refill container but I could only find the foaming refill at Target. This too added up cost wise and so I figured I would try the dollar store. Well it turned out to really dry out our hands so I was spending the saved money on lotion. Determined to find a way to have my foaming soap at a cheap price, I searched the internet and decided to make my own handsoap. I had saved 2 of my foaming soap dispensers so they were ready to be reused. The best part is that it only requires bar soap and water. I prefer scented soap so I used Yardley Lemon Verbena soap. The soap was on sale at Kroger for $1.00 each so the total cost to make this was $2.00 for 160 ounces of soap (approximately 20-8oz liquid bottles or 80 bottles of foaming)

With Magic Marker, right the ingredients and a brief summary on the jug you will be using to store the soap. This way you will have it handy the next time you make it.


  • 2 full size bars of soap (I used Yardley Lemon Verbena Soap
  • 20 cups of water (divided into 2 sets of 10 cups each)

Step 1: Grate both bars of soap with a cheese grater.
Step 2: Bring 10 cups of water to a boil. Reduce to a rolling boil. (I was able to grate the soap while the water was coming to a boil.)

Step 3: Add the grated soap (which resembles shredded cheese) to the boiling. Slowly stir in the soap until it is all dissolved. Turn off burner (if you are using an electric stove – remove from heat.)
Step 4: Slowly stir in 10 cups of water to the mixture.
Step 5: Let cool. The mixture will thicken while cooling. (Approx. 6-8 hours)

Step 6: Once the mixture has thickened, blend with electric hand mixer till it is smooth.
Step 7: Pour in large jug/container to store. (I used a large Arizona Ice Tea Jug)

This filled up the Jug and 2 -14oz handsoap dispensers.


  • Liquid Hand Soap: Pour as is into soap dispenser.
  • Foaming Hand Soap: Use 1/4 cup of liquid to 3/4 cup water in the foaming hand soap dispenser.
If you are having problems when making liquid handsoap check out our post on How to Fix Homemade Liquid Hand Soap.

Check out our other Homemade/DIY projects:

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Homemade Liquid Handsoap

Hi I’m Gwendolyn and I have been a stay at home mom since 2009. I have been with my husband, James, for 10 years and we are proud parents of Jayme (8) and Nicholas (13). We are also parents to 3 dogs, 2 cats, 2 hamsters, and a snake. My father-in-law lives with us so it is always non-stop at our house. I had the honor of becoming a step-parent when I got married and have a great relationship with my step-son. I always used coupons and shopped for bargains but was forced to step up my game when my husband was disabled in 2005. I get an incredible rush from saving money and finding great deals. My life is a constant journey and I look forward to sharing it with you all.

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  1. Terri Stevens says

    If you really like the Bath and Body Works soap – like I do – here’s a great tip my thrifty mother in law taught me. Wait for coupons and a sale (duh) then buy the regular shower gel in the scent of your choice – using a 3 liter bottle (Ozarka water comes in one) filled almost full (you need it full less the amount of shower gel) of water. Add the shower gel to the water (it foams and wastes less). Cap on tightly – Tip several times to mix – refill foam soap pump. Luxury of foamy soap at a fraction of the cost (and SO easy) Just remember to tip the bottle a few times before pouring it into the soap dispenser. Rich and creamy – kids LOVE it too !!

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