DIY hand soap

DIY recipe: Hand Soap

To keep yourself and your house clean, you don’t really need all those fancy products that you can buy in the store. The usual cupboard of any smart homemaker, old or young and man or female, consists of nothing more than (baking) soda, vinegar, oil, lemon and Castille or Marseille soap. With just these few ingredients you can make a ton of great cleaning products with only a few natural ingredients that are safe to use. Since I discovered this, I always make some basic products myself. One of my absolute favorites is hand soap made with just water and Castille or Marseille soap. This type of soap is 100% natural and is made with olive oil. The soap is really mild and ideal for sensitive skin or people prone to allergies. Today I will tell you how you can make a whole batch of this great hand soap yourself.


For 1 liter of liquid hand soap, you will need:

  • 40 grams of Castille or Marseille soap
  • 1 liter of water
  • optional: a few drops of tea tree essential oil or any other essential oil you like


Grate the soap until you have about 40 grams of it, or use soap flakes if you want to skip this part. Bring 1 liter of water to the boil. When it boils, you add the grated soap to the pan. Stir it around until it dissolves completely. Then turn off the stove, cover the pan with a lid and let it cool. It is best to let the mixture rest for a whole night. It will become much firmer. The next day you can stir the mixture once more, add in the essential oil if you wish, and pour it into a soap dispenser. Voila, your hand soap is done!

We are very happy with this hand soap and have been using it for years now. It is really easy to make and with the batch you make with this recipe you can last for weeks. I can recommend it to everyone!

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