Natural and Thrifty in 365: #2 Homemade Non-Toxic Liquid Hand Soap

For an easy way to eliminate toxins in your home, why not try your hand at making your own liquid hand soap? This is a natural alternative to what you buy in the store, and is really simple to make.

Check out this tutorial on Heavenly Homemakers here. There Laura also breaks down the cost and shows you that it is actually less expensive to make your own versus buying liquid soap in the store.

Photo courtesy of Heavenly Homemakers.

Natural & Thrifty in 365 is a year-long series of 365 tips for living more green, natural and healthy while saving money. Do you have a natural and thrifty tip that you would like to share with The Thrifty Mama readers? Contact me here and let me know about it. You just might get featured as one of the 365 tips!

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  1. what a great idea! Although, I have to admit, I will probably lean more to the thrifty side than the natural side and just use whatever bar soap is free!

  2. Thanks for posting this. I’ve been wondering if this was possible. I’ve been reading about the dangers of triclosan in anti-bacterial soap, so I’ve bought soap that doesn’t contain it. You’re right, organic liquid soap is just too darn expensive!! I’ve also wanted to collect all of those little stubs of soap that nobody uses, and put them to good use. Now I can! : )

  3. Thank you so much for the link. I already make my own laundry soap and fabric softener, and I’ve been wondering about making hand soap. :-) I’m definitely trying this. :-)

  4. I’ve tried something similar to this, my only additional was natural glycerin (vegetable glycerin) which I don’t know exactly what it’s supposed to do, but it is a skin softening agent….. mine came out very thick and gel like… BUT my recipe did not call for using a handmixer. Thanks for the tips as I will try to “loosen” mine up a bit. I love the idea of making my own liquid soap. I’m not a huge fan of bar soap, but liquid soap is just ridiculously priced and in my area there are never any good coupons for it. Thanks!!

  5. Love this series, thank-you! Currently going no poo, made my own laundry soap and i have a feeling this will be next.

  6. We go through SO MUCH hand soap! I’m really excited about this. Maybe too excited, it is hand soap after all. Thanks for the post!

  7. Thanks for this! I used a 5 oz bar unscented Dr. Bronner’s and 1 gallon water. At first it was really watery but after it set overnight, it was gel like. I mixed it with hand mixer until it started to foam. This turned it into, sorry to say, a snot-like consistency. But since I made it and know there’s no snot in it :), for a savings of over $50 per gallon of liquid Dr. Bronner’s, I’ll use snot-like soap!

    Next time I will use a little less water as I feel I am using more pumps of soap than before to get the sudsing effect I’m looking for.

    TIP: When you go to put this into bottles you might want to ladle it into a funnel instead of pouring it. I lost a good cup or so down the drain when I tried to pour from the pot into the bottle – it all came out at once due to it’s snot/egg-like consistency.

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