Regular hand-washing has become more important than ever. It’s one of the best ways to remove germs, and prevents us from getting sick and spreading germs to others. The problem is that most soaps, including liquid hand soaps, contain a lot of harmful toxins and are not very natural. If you like to use liquid soap from a soap dispenser, I have a quick and easy DIY recipe for you. Why not simply use a bar of soap, you might ask? I use them as well but I feel they always tend to sit in water and disappear pretty fast. Liquid soap only uses a small quantity of a normal soap bar and thus lasts for quite a long time.
Make your own liquid soap
What you’ll need:
- 500ml/17 fl oz water
- 25g/ 0.88 oz Castile soap, Marseille soap or Aleppo soap, finely grated (I used Marseille soap)
- 1/2 teaspoon honey (optional)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil or oil of your preference (coconut, sesame, avocado, jojoba…)
- 5-10 drops of essential oil, an antibacterial oil like tea tree, lavender or rosemary is great (omit if your child is using the soap)
- an empty soap dispenser
Mix the grated soap with water. Bring to a boil and keep stirring until the soap has dissolved. (If you use liquid Castile soap, you can skip this step).
Let cool completely and stir from time to time. If the soap is too liquid, you can add some more soap. If it is too thick, add more water. Soaps solidify differently, and so you might have to experiment a bit with the quantities. Marseille soap doesn’t set even when cooled, so the result of your liquid soap will not be as viscous as a store-bought soap. I personally don’t mind that it’s more watery; it still does the job!
Add the oil, essential oil and honey (it’s optional but will give some extra nourishment to your skin) and whisk. Pour into an empty soap dispenser.
Remember that oil and water don’t blend so you need to give your liquid hand soap a little shake before using.
A little side note on the shelf life of your liquid soap:
As with every homemade water-based product without preservatives, you should use this soap up quickly. It will last approximately 2-3 weeks. Feel free to reduce the amount if you think it’s too much soap. If you want to keep it for longer, you will need to add a preservative like alcohol. Always use clean tools and hands when you make homemade products to avoid adding germs and bacteria to them.
A word on essential oils:
I love essential oils and use them on a regular basis, especially for homemade cosmetics and detergents. However, essential oils are really powerful and need to be used with precaution. If used incorrectly, they can have very negative side effects, especially on children and pregnant women. Always do your research! If your kids use the soap, omit the essential oils in this recipe; it will still work.
MARA // Bordeaux