How to Make Homemade Body Wash

Homemade Body Wash

Madame Deal Reveals

homemade body wash

So, you want to make homemade body wash? Always thought it was too hard? Well think again

You will need:

  • 1 Large stock pot
  • 2 large measuring cups (one must be glass or microwave safe at least)
  • 3 Bars of soap ( I used Ivory because it is what I got free)
  • Microwave (or cheese grater you can use either)
  • Mixer (electric is better but if you want you can hand mix just takes longer)
  • Water (6 cups min might have to add more depending on your soap)
  • Lots of bottles this will make about a gallon depending on your soap
  • Scent oil (optional)


  • Bring six cups of water to a low boil on the stove
  • Rough chop a bar of soap so it fits easily in your measuring cup (the glass one this will go in
  • the microwave. If no microwave grate like you would cheese and put in the boiling water melt
  • throurally)
  • Melt soap in the microwave for 30 seconds. (this varies by microwave)
  • Add melted soap to the simmering water stir well (repeat until all soap is in the water)
  • Mix thourally (this is where that mixer comes in handy)
  • Let cool fully mix in sent oil then bottle.
  • Enjoy

Tips and tricks:

If your soap is really thick after cooling add boiling water and mix fully again this will vary by type of
soap you use.

If you use Oil of Olay soap start with 4 cups of water or your soap will be really thin due to the
amount of moisturizers in the soap.

Thanks to Laura Anne for sending us this how to homemade body wash post!

Check out our other version of Homemade Body Wash!

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  1. Sharon Siqueiros says

    I’ve never seen this recipe. I make alot of my own bath and body products and this is a cool idea!! I’m thinking I could use my DIY soap scraps/slivers to make this
    Thanks for the recipe!!

  2. Blessie Nelson says

    Wow! I didn’t even know you could do that! You are so ingenious! I am going to try this one day soon!

  3. Airess says

    Wow!! I have always wondered how to make body wash. This is something that I am skeptical of doing because I am not much of a DIY person but I am glad that this is out there just in case I get the urge one day. lol

  4. Karen D says

    Wish I had this info when I was younger, and had little ones. Maybe I will try it, but I am not sure. Thank you, though!

  5. says

    Wow, this looks really easy to make and a lot cheeper than buying the already made body wash. I would like to try this with some homemade soap. Thanks for sharing.

  6. denise smith says

    i always enjotmaking my homemade body wash i like to try them out it is always so much fun when i get my kids involved with helping me

  7. Mikki Cross says

    Interesting…but I don’t think I’d have the time for this. I prefer certain perfumed body washes that are already made and in pretty bottles.

  8. says

    This is a great idea. I have sensitive skin and am very careful with the soap that I use. They don’t make any of it in a body wash so now I can make my own.

  9. Patricia Reiff says

    Interesting… I never thought of it before… I believe that one of these days I might actually take the time to try it…

  10. Clenna says

    I have never made soap before (my mother used to but I never became interested) This reciepe makes me want to try to make it.

  11. Cassandra Grant says

    Thanks so much for the great recipe!!! My skin is VERY sensitive to store body washes because of all the perfumes. I can’t wait to try it!

  12. Sharon Siqueiros says

    Okay, I made some with scraps and cuttings from a friends’ and mine…..worked great, smells…..well…..since we both make scented soaps and such, lets just say I smelled like the lady who let every perfume girl from the store spray me…..not one of my better special blends hahahahaha! Maybe unscented soap and then the fragrance you want added to it

  13. Teresa Stricker-Pester says

    What a Fantastic Idea!!!!! I am going to use this right away! (I have been stockpiling free bars of different soaps for a long time and I am going to start with the Irish Spring I have. (hubby has an almost empty bottle and I am wondering if I I don’t say it is homemade, will he notice anything different.). Thanks!

  14. says

    I have recently become very interested in making my own air fresheners, laundry detergents, fabric softener and household cleansers. The more I learn what type of ingredients go into commercial products, the less I want to use them! I have been wanting to learn to make my own soaps and body washes, too. Thanks to you for the tips and recipe…now I can make my own! I cannot wait to get started! It looks much easier than I originally thought!

  15. Cindy B says

    Thanks for the instructions. I’d love to try making some lilac scented body wash. It’s my favorite scent and it’s difficult to find!

  16. Blessie Nelson says

    Thanks for the easy DIY article you wrote step by step. It doesn’t seem daunting when you actually see pictures of people making it.

  17. Joni J Caraway says

    I just want to say thanks so much for this recipes of DIY body wash. I have been wanting to find a recipe on how to make this to save money but never really took the time to look and haven’t seen this anywhere before. I already make my own washing detergent and foaming soap etc so this will be fun to do. Again thanks.

  18. Susan Johnson says

    I didn’t realize that it’s so simple to make body wash from soaps, and I would imagine it really stretches those 3 bars of soap to last a very long time, which saves a lot of money when you are using the more pricey moisturizing soaps that seem to wash down the drain all too fast!

  19. Tanis Sutter says

    I’ve made laundry soap, homemade cleaners, and even homemade febreeze. Now I need to try this! Thank you!

  20. Leslie G says

    Wow super easy. I am going to try this. We are living on a budget and this would work wonderfully. Thank you.

  21. JanT says

    I’m not much of a DIY person, but this sounds like it would be fun to try! I would like to use up little scraps of soap, or my 30 teeny tiny bars that I keep pilfering from hotels that I never end up using. Also, I think it would be great to customize a body wash with essential oils that I like, rather than the overly perfumy ones I usually end up with.

  22. Pamela Halligan says

    I make my own body scrub and face mask. Thanks for showing me how to make my own body wash. It is easier than I thought.

  23. says

    I would LOVE to try this!! I never thought it would be so easy!! My hubby is always telling me I spend way too much money on hygeine products for myself so he would also love for me to make this!!

  24. Mechele Johnson says

    Nice! I have seen so many articles on how to make just about everything else, so I am soooo excited to have this recipe! I love body wash as aposed to bar soap! Thank you!

  25. Sylvia Zajis says

    I make homemade bath salts and the like but never thought of making body wash, this is something I will try as I am really trying to do more DIY to save money. Thanks for all the info.

  26. Susan White says

    Great idea for DIY gifts for people. I might have to try this at Christmas. Would be great with a peppermint scent.

  27. Wendi Scharrer says

    This does sound easier than I thought. I think I will be trying this and I will store it in a gallon jug. I will just refill when needed.

  28. jennifer aikens says

    great idea for money saving or for gifts. Would be so easy to customize per person or gift basket theme. This would be nice in guest baskets or for sleepovers!

  29. Tiffany F says

    Wow…thats awesome. I never knew you could make your own body wash. Now I need to get an electric mixer so I can try this out 😉

  30. Sandy McFadden says

    I love this……………………….I am going to try this thank you so much………………..

  31. Crystal Merrill says

    What I really like about this is that it gives you the ability to really customize the scent! I will have to put trying this on my to do list!

  32. sarah banes says

    making your own body wash sounds super easy 🙂 I have made my own laundry soap and thats super easy to

  33. says

    Got up this morning and my zest soap was hard, so I heated it back up and added more water but now all I have is snot. Help what do I do to fix it?

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