Homemade Liquid Hand Soap

Recipe for handmade liquid soap

Growing up, my mom worked, 6 days a week as a Cashier, at the Phillips Petroleum Grocery Store in Borger, Texas.  Working with the store customers, she was constantly exposed to every cold and “bug” that was going around.  I feel certain that had the internet been around, Mother would have made not only this Homemade Liquid Hand Soap, but a lot of other “healthier” things that we used every day.

Mother was a fanatic about washing her hands and making sure that my brother and I did too.  And, I don’t remember her every being sick or, for that matter, neither was my brother and me.  It seemed like I spent more time washing my hands than I did anything else.  (I know that’s not true… but it seemed like it).

Here’s the recipe….super easy and much softer on your skin.

Homemade liquid hand soap

DIY Liquid Hand Soap



  1. Pour the distilled water into a pint mason jar or a recycled soap dispenser, then the liquid castile soap, followed by the oils. Shake the ingredients together.
  2. Shake the soap dispenser each time before using, then squirt a small amount on your hands as needed, rinsing with water.

Recipe Notes

You don’t have to use the essential oils that I use, experiment with other options, like these…  tea tree, lavender, and lemon;  eucalyptus, rosemary and lavender;  or even clove, cinnamon, and lemon.   If you’re wanting these essential oils, you can get them here.

The olive oil and vitamin E oil are added to moisturize the skin. You’re welcome to skip these if you’d like. But, they really make a difference.

Castile soap is a concentrated natural vegetable-based “soap” that greatly differs from the toxic soaps we are accustomed to on store shelves.

When you add water to a product, without using a preservative, you always run the risk of introducing bacteria, so use water-based products quickly.

Washing hands with homemade liquid soap

I hope you’ll try this homemade liquid hand soap… it’s so easy and cheap to make.  It will be one more product to offer your family that isn’t full of toxic chemicals.

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