Making Liquid Soap from Bars of Soap

January 2, 2014

When you do this for the first time, you will be amazed at how much of your money is being taken for giving you much less of a product! Make your own liquid soap.


Chop a bar of soap (even cheaper if you collect freebie soap from hotels, etc.) into a bowl. Add water and microwave, whisking every now and then, until melted. Keep adding hot water and whisking, and test the 'set' by spooning a bit into a saucer and leaving for an hour. The first time I did this, it took a long time as I kept thinking I had added too much water, but I ended up with loads of liquid soap from a small bar! Pour into a liquid soap bottle and there you are - great as a simple hand wash soap! You can add some olive or almond oil (shake well) for more moisturising and essential oil for fragrance.

For showering, I use unscented better quality soap; again so much cheaper than shower gel.

They are making so so much money charging more for liquid than solid soap and laughing all the way to the bank; not on my watch!

Comment Was this helpful? 24
Read More Comments

More Solutions

Share on ThriftyFunThis page contains the following solutions. Have something to add? Please share your solution!

February 18, 2014

I microwaved pieces of Dove and Lever together. Next time, I will not mix them, as the Dove melted faster and frothed up.

Comment Was this helpful? 1

9 Questions

Ask a QuestionHere are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community or ask a new question.

March 6, 2006

I have lost the formula for making liquid soap from Dove Soap Bars. Can anyone help me with this?

Thank you!
Annie from Cotati, CA


March 20, 20060 found this helpful

I googled "make liquid soap from bars" and got (among others)

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
By peggygv (Guest Post)
April 5, 20061 found this helpful

some years ago there used to be this container that had some beads in it and you'd put your hard leftover soap pieces in it and it would melt making it liquid soap but I haven't seen them in a while. I think I'll google them. If I find it I'll let you know.

Reply Was this helpful? 1
By (Guest Post)
October 9, 20070 found this helpful

Hope this will help, although it's not the recipe you are looking for (Dove Soap Bars)

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
December 27, 20150 found this helpful

I just put a bar of sop in a large margarine tub and fill with water 3/4 full. Let it sit for about 3 days,then whisk to combine. We use this for bodywash or hand soap dispensers.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
July 5, 20160 found this helpful

3 bars of Dove (microwave for 90 seconds in 30 second intervals) then add to 6 cups of boiling water~ stir until dissolved~ poor into heat safe jars~ cool~ then into your favorite soap dispenser! I used Dove Shea Butter bar soap~ ~turned out awesome!

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
January 28, 20180 found this helpful

Peggygv I'm looking for this container! We had one from a yard sale and it was great!

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
July 28, 20180 found this helpful

I too had a container like this and I think I bought it by mail order from Miles Kimball. Let me now if you find them.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
June 17, 20190 found this helpful

Yes, what was the name of that container? I would love to find one.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Answer this Question

March 23, 2020

How much water and glycerin do you use to get the right consistency?

Please and thanks.


Gold Answer Medal for All Time! 617 Answers
March 31, 20200 found this helpful
Best Answer

Grate or grind the soap, then use one part soap to four parts water. Add some essential oils if you want. Then just add a teaspoon per cup

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Answer this Question

August 29, 2010

How do I make liquid soap out of slivers of bar soap?

By Monica Rossi


August 30, 20100 found this helpful

When I was growing up Mom always had a quart mason jar filled with water and soap "scraps". She would just let the soaps dissolve in the water. When any liquid soap was removed from the jar, she would add enough water to fill the jar again.


If she had only patented that idea we wouldn't have had to been so frugal.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
October 20, 20140 found this helpful

My husband goes through a bar of soap every few days because he uses it like a washcloth. (I use a washcloth so my soap lasts a long time, but there's no changing 64 years of habit, I guess.) I keep a quart jar that I put his soap slivers and water in, and I refill all my liquid soap dispensers in the kitchen, laundry room, and bathrooms every few weeks with the liquid soap it produces.

I use a funnel to make it easy to transfer. To keep it from being slimy and stringy, I put a few squirts of cheap liquid hand soap in each container when I refill it. I get that at the dollar store or on the sale aisle of the grocery store, and a bottle will last a long time. The soap is creamy, but not slimy.


I'll fill the dispenser half to 3/4 full, and then add water, and then add a little water to the quart jar. I figure I save about $15 a month doing this.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Answer this Question

August 12, 2013

Please enlighten me as to how to liquidate perfumed soap tablets freely available in market.

Thanks and best wishes.

By A A M. from Sri Lanka

Answer this Question


ThriftyFun is one of the longest running frugal living communities on the Internet. These are archives of older discussions.

August 29, 2010

Long before liquid soap was developed my mom and I use to collect the slivers of soap that no one wanted, grate them up, add water to them and put it in a container for washing your hands.

Comment Was this helpful? 1

July 20, 2010

Years ago someone told me about making liquid soap from leftover bars of soap. Something about putting it in the blender I think.

Comment Was this helpful? Yes

June 23, 2009

I know nothing about making soap, but I would really like to know how to make bars of soap from all those pieces I have been throwing out.

Comment Was this helpful? Yes
In This Page
Crafts Soap Making How ToSeptember 10, 2013
Christmas Ideas!
New Years Ideas!
Ask a Question
Share a Post
Better LivingBudget & FinanceBusiness and LegalComputersConsumer AdviceCoronavirusCraftsEducationEntertainmentFood and RecipesHealth & BeautyHolidays and PartiesHome and GardenMake Your OwnOrganizingParentingPetsPhotosTravel and RecreationWeddings
Published by ThriftyFun.
Desktop Page | View Mobile
Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
Generated 2022-12-23 21:09:20 in 3 secs. ⛅️️
© 1997-2022 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved.