25 practical and economical homemade soap recipes



Homemade soap… If you’re looking to save money on household cleaning products, making your own soap can be a great idea.

In addition to being much cheaper, homemade soap is a product that can be considered biodegradable, since most of the recipes reuse cooking oil used in frying, preventing it from being incorrectly disposed of in the environment.

But if you don’t have enough cooking oil to make your own soap, don’t worry! We will also show you some recipes that do not use this ingredient as a raw material.

1. Homemade bar soap with cooking oil

You can use this type of soap to wash grease-stained pans and to clean stoves. In a bucket, dissolve the lye in 1 ½ liter of hot water. Add the laundry detergent and the rest of the hot water, mixing well with a wooden spoon. Then slowly add this mixture to the oil and stir for 20 minutes. Mix essence and shape. Unmold and cut the next day.

2. Bar soap with cooking oil (simplified version)

Like the example above, this is an excellent soap to help wash pans and clean stoves or other aluminum utensils.

Mix the hot water with the lye until it completely dissolves. Pour in the oil and stir for approximately 20 minutes, until it forms a thick liquid. Place in a form and wait until the next day to cut.

3. Homemade soap made with washing powder and antibacterial disinfectant

Use this soap for general cleaning of the house, especially the bathroom, which needs special care in relation to germs.

Dissolve the washing powder with ½ liter of hot water and alcohol. In another container, dissolve the caustic soda with 1 and ½ liters of hot water. Add the two mixtures carefully and incorporate into the oil. Stir for 20 minutes and place in molds. Wait until another day to unmold.

4. Liquid homemade soap with oil and alcohol

This is a great option for cleaning surfaces in general, as it is a soap well diluted in water.

In a bucket, mix the soda and alcohol. Add oil and stir until smooth. Wait 30 minutes and add 2 liters of boiling water. Dissolve the contents well and then add 20 liters of water at room temperature.

5. Homemade lemon soap

Have you ever thought about making a lemon soap? This recipe is very simple and will help to give more shine to the pans and the stove.

Pour the oil into a pan and bring to the fire to heat. In a container, dissolve lye in lemon juice. After heating the oil, pour it into the lemon and soda mixture and stir for about 25 minutes. Pour the contents into a mold and let it harden before unmolding.

6. Oil bar soap

This soap is an excellent choice for washing dishes (and will serve as the basis for our next recipe: liquid oil soap). In this case, the main fat is no longer common cooking oil and olive oil is the main star.

Add the water and lye carefully and stir until completely dissolved. Wait about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the oil (without letting it boil). Pour it into the soda and water mixture and stir for a few minutes until it forms a thicker, more homogeneous mixture. Put essence at this time if you wish. Pour into molds and allow to dry completely before cutting.

7. Liquid oil soap

This liquid soap recipe is a good alternative to sink detergent, and is less aggressive for the hands, since the lye is well diluted.

In a saucepan, grate the bar of oil soap and mix with water. Turn the heat on and stir well, until completely dissolved. Add the glycerin and continue stirring so that it incorporates into the liquid. Don’t let the mixture boil! Turn off the fire once everything is incorporated. Store in a container with a lid. It is possible to use this soap immediately after it cools down.

8. Homemade milk soap

This is a great option for washing dishes and, best of all, you save water when rinsing, as the suds that this soap makes dissolves quickly!

Completely dissolve the milk in the soda. You will notice that the milk will curdle in this process, but it’s normal! Keep stirring until everything is mixed. Add oil and keep stirring. When the mixture is thicker, you can add the essence of your choice. So, start stirring sporadically. Wait 3 hours and put in molds. Wait 12 hours to cut to the size you want.

9. Homemade cornmeal soap

This is a soap with a rather unusual ingredient, isn’t it? But it’s a powerful all-in-one: you can wash the dishes, wash clothes or clean the house.

Put 6 liters of warm water in a bucket and carefully dissolve the caustic soda. Add the warm oil and mix well until incorporated. Dissolve the cornmeal in the other 2 liters of water and mix well to avoid lumps. Add the two mixtures and, if you like, add an essence of your choice. Pour into a mold and allow to dry completely before cutting.

10. Homemade Avocado Soap



Have you ever thought about making an avocado soap? This recipe is very quick to make, as the pulp of the fruit helps to incorporate the ingredients much more efficiently.

Add the chilled avocado to the lye and dissolve completely. Add the warm oil, mix well and, with a mixer, incorporate all the ingredients until it forms a homogeneous and dense mixture. Transfer to a tin and allow to dry completely before cutting.

11. Ash soap



This is a recipe that comes from past generations. The Egyptians were the first to notice that the mixture formed by the fat of animals that fell on the ashes of the wood served to clean objects! But it wasn’t until 1792 that a chemist explained the technique involved and perfected it.

For this recipe, melt the fat over low heat. Separately, boil the water together with the ashes for 1 hour. Turn off the heat and strain this mixture through a sieve. Use only the water from the ashes to add to the hot fat, and mix it until it becomes a homogeneous and dense mixture. Outside the heat, mix the lye and stir well. Pour into molds and allow to dry well before cutting.

12. Soap in dishwasher bars



If you want a cheaper option to use in your dishwasher, then follow the step by step of this homemade recipe.

Mix all dry ingredients and then add lemon juice to form a moldable dough. Make bars in the same shape as your machine’s dispenser. Put them to dry on a sheet of waxed paper before storing.

13. Dishwasher gel soap



This recipe is great to use in the dishwasher, as it does not require a previous washing to remove the grease from the utensils. Furthermore, it does not contain caustic soda in its composition.

Mix all ingredients in a saucepan and boil over medium heat. Wait for all the soap to dissolve and turn off. Allow to cool and store in a container. You can use 1 tablespoon of this soap for each wash.

14. Homemade soap made with fabric softener



If you want a perfumed homemade soap to use when washing your clothes, then follow this recipe that will soften the composition.

Mix the caustic soda with the hot water carefully. Dilute this mixture and add the oil and fabric softener little by little, mixing well. Once it forms a consistent dough, pour it into a mold and allow it to dry before cutting.

15. Coconut bar soap



You can make your own coconut bar soap, great for washing clothes or dishes.

Beat the water and coconut in a blender until you get a very homogeneous consistency. Pour into a pan and heat until the cream reduces to ¾ of the initial amount. Place in a bucket and add hot oil and lye. Stir until it is completely diluted. Mix the alcohol and stir for another 30 minutes. Pour into a baking tin lined with parchment paper and allow to dry completely before cutting.

16. Liquid coconut soap



We taught you the step-by-step instructions for making coconut soap in bars above, and you can use it to make this liquid detergent recipe. If you prefer, use coconut soap bars found on the market.

Grate the coconut soap and pour into a bucket. Add the boiling water and mix well until you get a creamy mixture. Add the baking soda and vinegar and combine. Allow it to cool and store in an empty glass jar or container of detergent or liquid soap.

17. Coconut and lemon liquid soap



If you want a detergent or liquid coconut soap with a touch of lemon, you can follow this recipe that uses less coconut soap in the composition.

Start by grating the coconut soap and dissolve it in 1 liter of very hot water. Add the baking soda, mix well and let it sit for an hour. Add 1 liter of warm water, mix and pass everything in a sieve. Add the essential oil and 1 liter of cold water. Store in smaller containers.

18. Glycerinated homemade soap



This recipe yields good glycerin soaps, ideal for washing dishes, clothes and surfaces.

Melt the tallow, heat the cooking oil and mix them in a bucket. Add the alcohol. Mix half of the water and sugar in a blender and pour into the oil-alcohol mixture. Dissolve the caustic soda in 1 liter of water and add the other ingredients. Stir for about 20 minutes. When it starts to form a white film on the surface it will be ready to put into a shape. Wait for it to dry completely before unmolding and cutting.

19. Fennel and Lemon Soap



If you want a fragrant soap option that doesn’t use oil or lye, this is the right option for you!

Beat the lemon peel with a little water in a blender and strain. Grate the coconut soap and place in a pan with the remaining water and fennel. Boil the mixture until the soap has completely dissolved and let it cool. When it’s warm, add the lemon juice and strain. Stir slowly and store in an unopened jar for a week before using.

20. Green Papaya Soap Powder



You can make your own washing powder! And this recipe has a special ingredient: green papaya!

Add the grated papaya and lye. Add the oil and vinegar and stir for about 20 minutes, until it forms a dense mixture. Pour into a mold and wait for it to dry. After drying well, grate all the soap on a grater or sieve.

21. Homemade soap made in a PET bottle!



This soap is extremely easy to make. With just 3 ingredients and a PET bottle you will have your own homemade soap!

Use a funnel to put all the ingredients into the PET bottle, remembering to add the caustic soda last. Cover the bottle and shake a little to incorporate the ingredients. Wait until it hardens, cut the bottle to the size of the soap slices you want and store in a dry place.

22. Aluminum Shine Soap



This recipe is 2 in 1: it helps to degrease the dishes and even gives shine to aluminum pans.

Grate the bar soaps and melt them in 1 liter of water. After melting, add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Allow to cool to store in pots.

23. Liquid soap for washing clothes



In a blender, add the chopped soap and soap, 1 liter of warm water and the vinegar. Beat until completely dissolved. Pour into a bucket and allow to cool. Add the remaining ingredients and wait 12 hours. After this pause, blend the mixture in a blender with the rest of the water. Do this in stages, and store it in a large bucket. Add detergent, salt and baking soda and mix well. Wait for the foam to subside before bottling.

24. Liquid bleaching soap



This recipe is excellent for those who want a soap capable of removing stains from fabrics, cleaning the bathroom or very greasy surfaces.

Grate the soap and soap, add the baking soda and melt all the soap with 4 liters of boiling water. Allow it to cool completely to add the vinegar and bleach and mix well. Add 5 liters of water at room temperature and stir for 20 minutes to incorporate well. Store in bottles.

25. Homemade Eucalyptus Soap



You can have a homemade bar soap scented in a natural way! In this recipe it is the eucalyptus leaves that bring the fresh smell.

Beat the eucalyptus leaves with water in a blender. Add this mixture to the lye and mix well. Add oil and stir for 15 minutes. Add the baking soda and stir until it forms a thick, homogeneous mass. Place in a mold and allow to dry completely before cutting.

Tip for a better conservation of homemade soap



So that your homemade stone soap can last much longer, avoid leaving it immersed in water or a humid environment. Store in a dry place and without being exposed to heat, this way you avoid dryness and guarantee the shape of the cut.

Do you already know which homemade soap you are going to prepare? Dedicating a little time and a few reais, you can make soap in large quantities. Take the opportunity to see 10 tips for washing dishes in a much easier way.


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