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How To Turn Bar Soap Into Liquid Soap

As much as one may like bar soaps, many prefer liquid soaps. Bar soaps get dirty and can help transfer germs. Plus nobody likes it when their soap drops and they have to bend over to pick it up. Liquid soaps, on the other hand, are easy to handle and can be shared.

Anyway, for those who maybe have bar soaps they love but wish could be in liquid form, here’s an easy way to turn your bar soap into body wash.

This makes about 2 litres of liquid soap from one bar of soap.

Homemade liquid hand soap. Photo: Crafts Unleashed

What you’ll need

  • 1 bar soap
  • Water
  • 1 Tbs glycerin
  • Essential oil (optional)
  • Grater
  • A pot
  • Measuring cup and spoons
  • Spatula for stirring
  • Liquid soap containers with a hand pump
  • Funnel


Bar soap shavings. Photo: Mommysavers

  1. Grate the bar soap using the smallest (or slightly bigger) holes on the grater.
  2. Measure out 1 cup of soap flakes and pour in the pot. You can store excess soap for later use.
  3. Add 10 cups of water to the pot and the tablespoon of glycerin. Cook on medium heat while stirring until the soap dissolves. This takes a minute or two.
  4. Leave soap to cool completely. Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil if you’d like.
  5. Pour into containers using your funnel.

Homemade liquid hand soap. Photo: Pinterest


  • You can choose to add glycerin or not, but it’s preferable to make the soap have a smooth texture and not be clumpy. Besides, bar soaps already have glycerin, which is made from plant oils and used in soaps, shampoos, moisturisers and the rest.
  • Every soap has different ingredients in it, so this may affect the ingredients you use. SOme soaps may not need the glycerin, while some beauty bars may be more difficult to dissolve.
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