Homemade liquid hand soap: 2 easy, toxic-free, and frugal recipes

This homemade liquid hand soap is super easy to make and doesn't contain any scary or questionable ingredients. Oh yeah, and it's cheap!

Why homemade liquid hand soap? Well, I have a little secret. Shhhh…. Don’t tell my mom, but I secretly hate washing my hands at her house. Don’t worry, I do wash my hands… I just hate how rough her soap feels on my skin. And I feel like no matter how hard I try, I can’t get it off my hands. Nothing against my mom, it’s just that I’ve come to love my homemade liquid hand soap so much that all commercial stuff seems “icky.”

But this homemade liquid hand soap? No “icky” whatsoever. It’s good. It’s gentle. Effective. Toxic-free. And doesn’t leave my hands feeling like they just got a chemical bath. Looks like another win for DIY toxic-free living.

Making your own liquid hand soap is awesome.

There are a lot of recipes online for handmade liquid hand soap. Some are very “hippie” oriented for those of us who love our essential oils and herbs. Others are for the frugal type who love making something for pennies. My homemade liquid hand soap is both non-toxic (aka: “hippie friendly”) and cheap. It’s also really, really easy.

In fact, it’s so easy that I’m giving you TWO recipes for the price of one. (Wait. What do you mean nobody is paying me to do this!?) The first recipe is more of an actual homemade liquid hand soap “recipe.” The second one is more of a “here’s what we’ve been doing for years because it’s so easy” tip.

UPDATE: I really recommend ONLY doing the second recipe here and using a foam dispenser (like this) for the easiest, best natural liquid hand soap ever. You can still try the first recipe if you want, but I promise the foaming soap will last you longer, get that lovely lather we all love, and is so easy you’ll maybe wet your pants. Maybe.





What’s that? Not easy enough for you? Well okay!


Yup. That’s it. The end.

Now, I’ll admit that this lazy version isn’t nearly as thick as most commercial hand soaps. In fact, one of my friends came over and commented on my “funny soap.” But honestly, it works. And it’s easy. And my husband hates all other soaps now (and he’s the most OCD hand washer I’ve ever met). And if you trust me and try the foaming dispenser, you’ll be in love. Pinky swear.

In fact, this handmade liquid hand soap is perfect for the lazy monster inside of me who sometimes gets so sick of making everything from scratch. (Shhh… don’t tell anyone that, either.)

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