This homemade liquid soap is gentle and easy to make!
It’s convenient to have a liquid soap next to your kitchen or bathroom sink, isn’t it? And wouldn’t it be lovely if you could make it yourself? That’s why we wanted to develop a liquid hand soap recipe, but we didn’t know what a challenge it would be! One was too thick, the next didn’t wash well, then another was too harsh on skin. But now that our trials are over, have we ever got a Handy Dandy recipe for you! Don’t worry, it’s a lot easier to follow than it was to create.
This homemade liquid soap is very gentle on your hands and feels nice to use. It owes its gentleness to olive oil soap paste (aka black soap paste), which is used in combination with coconut paste for its cleansing power. Together, they yield a soap that’s kind to your skin and leaves a delicate scent. It’s a real pleasure to have on hand!
We hope you find this DIY soap as Handy Dandy as we do. We can’t wait to hear what you think!
How to make liquid hand soap
Before you begin
Don’t be discouraged by how long it takes to make this liquid soap. Most of the time is taken up by just letting the soap pastes melt—and during this step, you’re free to do whatever you’d like. The active time for this recipe is closer to 10 minutes!
- 176 g (70.4%) demineralized water
- 45 g (14.8%) black soap paste
- 15 g (6.0%) coconut soap paste
- 10 g (4.0%) vegetable glycerin
- 1.5 g (0.6%) cellulose gum
- 2.5 g (1.0%) balsam fir essential oil
- 1 drop of liquid colourant for glycerin soap (optional)
- 3 small stainless steel bowls
- 1 small silicone spatula
- 1 scale, accurate to 0.1 g
- 1 pipette
- 2 ramekins
- 1 mini-mixer with frothing attachment (the small wheel)
- 1 glass bottle with pump, 240 ml
- A lid that fits on one of the small stainless steel bowls
- 1 hot plate
- 1 funnel
Good to know!
- This homemade liquid soap doesn’t foam up as much as commercially available soaps, but it cleans your skin very well regardless!
- You can use a different essential oil according to your tastes and desires. Careful: some essential oils are dermocaustic (for example: cinnamon, clove, spike lavender, peppermint, and thyme). If you use one of these, it should not make up more than 0.5% of your recipe, as it can irritate or even burn your skin.
- We advise against replacing the cellulose gum in this recipe. Cellulose gum creates a stable gel when used in combination with the soap pastes. If you use another gum, the liquid soap may separate.
- We use two different soap pastes in this recipe in order to combine the cleansing power of coconut with the gentleness of olive oil (black soap paste). While these soap pastes can be drying when used alone, the combination of ingredients in this recipe cancels out the drying effect. The result is a non-drying liquid hand soap.
- This soap has a rather basic pH, so you don’t need to add a preservative.
- The water in this recipe can be replaced in whole or in part with a hydrosol, which will further scent your soap.
Steps to follow
- Prepare and disinfect your equipment and workspace.
- Weigh half of the demineralized water (88 g) in a small bowl and heat on the hot plate.
- While the water is heating, weigh the coconut and black soap pastes in a small bowl.
- When the water is boiling, remove it from the heat and pour it over the two soap pastes.
- Cover the bowl with a lid and set it aside for one to two hours to allow the soap to dissolve.
- When the soap pastes have dissolved, weigh the glycerin and cellulose gum in a ramekin. Mix well with the mini-mixer.
- Weigh the rest of the demineralized water (88 g) in a third bowl.
- Pour the glycerin and gum mixture into the water. Mix well with the mini-mixer until a gel forms.
- Gradually pour the melted soap into the gel while stirring gently with the spatula. You must stir gently to prevent the soap from foaming up.
- Weigh the essential oil in another ramekin. Add it to the bowl and mix gently with the spatula. You can add a drop of liquid colourant at this time if you’d like a coloured soap!
- Fill the bottle using a funnel. It’s ready!
Use and conservation
This homemade liquid soap gently washes your hands.
When made in optimal sanitary conditions, it will keep for at least six months.