DIY Liquid Hand Soap for as Little as 5 Cents
Liquid Hand Soap Recipe
Liquid hand soap has to be the easiest of all DIY projects. Better yet, you can fill a hand soap pump for pennies.
Most recipes have a slimy consistency and do not lather well at all. I understand that most of the lathering from commercial hand soaps comes from chemicals that are not actually good for us – but I am fond of a little lather.
I am going to share two liquid hand soap recipes here today. The first one is beyond simple and costs a nickel (that’s right, only five cents!). The second is also very simple and costs about fifteen cents – and it lathers!
DIY Liquid Hand Soap (5 Cent Version)
- 2 Cups Water
- 1/2 Cup Grated Bar Soap (About half of a bar)
1. Bring water to a boil on the stovetop.
2. Add 1/2 cup grated soap. Stir until soap is melted.
3. Remove from the heat and stir after 10 minutes, after 1 hour, and after 5 hours (or overnight).
You really cannot mess this up. If your soap is too thick, add a little more water. If it is too liquidy, heat it up and add more grated soap. If you forget to stir it, stir whenever you remember.
4. Pour into soap hand pumps. This recipe makes enough for 3 average soap dispensers.
Approximate cost: 5 cents per soap dispenser (if using the 10 pack of Ivory bar soap from Walmart, which costs $3.50). If you use coupons, or get this item on sale, the cost will be less than 5 cents.
DIY Lathering Hand Soap
The above recipe is very simple, works great, and is incredibly inexpensive. But it has an odd consistency, almost mucous-like, and does not lather.
The following recipe is still very easy, but has two added ingredients which give the hand soap a gentle lather.
- 2 Cups Water
- 1 Tablespoon Sugar
- 2 Tablespoons Coconut or Castor Oil
- 1/2 Cup Grated Bar Soap
1. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil.
2. Add 1 tablespoon of sugar and dissolve completely.
3. Add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil or castor oil and melt completely.
I use coconut oil which can be bought at any grocery store. It makes the soap smell delicious. I use coconut oil in a lot of my DIY projects (baby bum cream, lotion, lip balm, etc). I will be sharing all of these recipes here on MapleMoney.com, so it may be a worthwhile purchase if you intend to try some of those as well.
Tip: There are a lot of health benefits when using coconut oil for cooking as well.
4. Add 1/2 cup of grated soap and stir until melted.
5. Remove from heat and stir after 10 minutes, 1 hour, and 5 hours (or overnight).
6. Pour into your soap dispensers. For added “foaminess” pour into a foaming soap dispenser.
Approximate cost: 16 cents per soap dispenser.
Liquid handsoap can be made so simply and inexpensively – please don’t ever pay full price for it! This is a wonderful, simple way to save your family money (while also avoiding chemicals in commercial hand soaps).