DIY Liquid Hand Soap Recipe
Want to reduce plastic packaging but prefer liquid soap over a traditional soap bar? Did you know that you can make your own liquid hand soap at home in the kitchen from a bar! I've teamed up with the lovely Elsa of @elsaannukka who has perfected a recipe! You can see more low waste and circular economy tips on Elsa's blog.
What you will need
- Sauce pan
- Measuring jug, preferable heat proof
- Metal spoon
- Glass pump bottle 250ml or 500ml
- Hob and a well-ventilated preparation area
Makes about 500ml of hand soap.
- ~60g bar soap grated (slice a section off your soap bar and then grate)
- 450-500ml of water
We would recommend our Bean & Boy castile soaps that are tried and tested and more specifically for cleaning but you can chose whichever soap that you fancy. Just don't go for a soap with added exfoliants, as these may clog up the pump attachment. Our favourite hand soap scents are:
- Grate your soap bar of choice and bring water to boil either in a kettle or a pan.
- Slightly reduce the heat and add grated soap into the pan and stir gently until the grated soap has dissolved into the hot water. This takes around 5 minutes.
- Take the pan off the heat and let the soap cool down a bit.
- Pour the liquid soap into your pump bottle using a funnel, if needed or a heat resistant jug. And you’re good to go! If the soap hardens too much as it cools down, just add a bit of hot water, shake, and you are sorted.
- You will find the soap settles nearer the bottom so just give it a shake once in a while. Your liquid soap should last months.
IMPORTANT TO NOTE WHEN MAKING DIY COSMETICS WITH WATER AND WITHOUT PRESERVATIVES: The addition of water and lack of preservatives in homemade cosmetics reduce shelf life of the products. Please ensure good level of hygiene at all times during the process to ensure that the soap does not get contaminated by bacteria or fungi etc. Make sure that the equipment that you are using and that the bottle that you will be storing your soap in are both well cleaned, before making your liquid soaps. Also, if at any point something about the liquid soap seems off, stay safe and stop using the product. Also always make sure to do an allergy test whenever using a new product. Do not fear however, I have been using my diy liquid soap for around 6 months and it's totally fine!