Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 3 mins

This is an inexpensive alternative to your favorite hand soap.


  1. Take your bar of soap (we use Dove or store brand like it, because it's more moisturizing), and grate it with a cheese grater.
  2. Pour the water and grated soap into a microwaveable container and cook on high for 3 min.
  3. Remove and stir until all soap bits have melted (put in a bit longer, if needed).
  4. Let it cool, then pour into pumps (leftover from store bought liquid soap), and the remainder in any container with a lid.
Most Helpful

I tried this using one of the many soap-free cleansing bars I have on hand. While the result does a great job cleansing, it didn't thicken and is way too thin to be satisfactory. I am going to try it using half the water. Again, I had problems because I used a soap-free bar. Use soap and you'll be fine.

sugarpea June 06, 2006

Absolutely terrific! I used some old ivory soap bars, and followed the directions exactly. What a really nice method, and certainly one heck of a lot cheaper then buy Liquid Soap. Thank you so much for posting!

Andi of Longmeadow Farm November 29, 2008

I also used a glycerin soap. I never used to buy liquid hand soap because I couldn't afford my boys wasting it, but now I can make it and they can begin to learn to use only what they need without throwing many dollars' worth of soap down the drain. Thanks for posting!

Mami J November 24, 2008