DIY: Homemade Liquid Hand Soap

My mother-in-law recently asked me how to make liquid hand soap and since she has asked a few other ladies have also requested a recipe. So here it is! Just about the easiest hand soap to make. Does not use lye!


What You’ll Need

3-4 Soap Nuts (USDA Certified Organic)

12-13 Drops Tea Tree Oil also known as Melaleuca oil

15-20 Drops essential oil used to scent your soap (I use lemon, lavender, or peppermint)

*Make sure to buy USDA Certified Organic Therapeutic Grade Oil other oils can contain toxins that aren’t so good for your health.

8 oz. Hot Water

One 8 oz. Mason Jar with pump lid or a reusable bottle with a pump lid

Rose Pedals- Optional

You can also add organic aloe or glycerin to thicken your soap. However, this is not necessary.

Disclaimer at the bottom of the page.


  1. In bowl combine 8 oz of hot water and your soap nuts. Let the soap nuts soak for 5 minutes to release the saponin. With a spoon remove the soap nuts after 5 minutes. You can reuse these nuts to make another batch of soap or to make laundry soap. Do not keep the soap nuts in your finished product. They will begin to rot in your soap if you leave them.
  2. After the water has cooled add 13-14 drops of Tea Tree oil. This oil is a natural cleanser and will naturally get rid of harmful bacteria.
  3. Next add 15-20 Drops of the essential oil you are using to sent your soap. I like using lemon, lavender, or peppermint because they have a strong smell and they are also natural cleansers.
  4. Pour the water into your reusable container. Add rose pedals to add a floral scent and pretty decoration/color to your soap. You can experiment and put herbs like mint, lavender, or even basil. Screw the pump lid onto the container and shake.

*If you use rose pedals and other herbs the soap will expire. But realistically you will probably go through the soap before that happens. Just exercise caution.

Makes 8 oz.


Disclaimer: Information expressed in this article is solely the opinion of the writer. The writer is not held liable for any damage or health concerns resulting from information or endorsement from this article. If in doubt, always contact a health professional before using a new product on yourself or others or testing out a new food product or recipe especially if you have any known allergies.

*Article not sponsored by suggested companies.







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