25 Unique and Different Homemade Soaps

25 Unique and Different Homemade Soaps

There are many reasons to make your own soap. The number one reason to make your own soap is cost efficiency. You can make soap for a fraction of the cost you would pay at the store. Not only do homemade soaps lower costs, they are much more natural. You know exactly what products will be touching your skin, hair, dishes, and home. These recipes are free from chemicals and safe for household use, and to top it all off, making soap is fun. So, get out all the ingredients and let’s have ourselves a soap making party.

Household Cleaning

Toilet Bowl Cleaner
1 cup baking soda
1 cup Borax
1 cup vinegar
Directions: Pour this mixture in the toilet. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes before flushing.

Pan and Oven Cleaner
1 cup baking soda
1 cup hydrogen peroxide
Vinegar in a spray bottle
Directions: Mix together baking soda and hydrogen peroxide into a paste. Spread paste on oven or pan. Spray thoroughly with vinegar. Let sit for one hour. Scrub clean.

All Purpose Cleaner
2 tbsp. baking soda
1 tbsp. Dawn liquid dish soap
4 tbsp. white vinegar
Warm water
Directions: Pour all ingredients into a spray bottle. Shake the spray bottle until everything is mixed together. Spray on household surfaces and wipe off.

Liquid Dish Soap
2 cups hot water
1 tbsp. baking soda
1 cup Castile soap
1 tbsp. white vinegar
A few drops of tea tree oil
Directions: Dissolve 1 tbsp. of baking soda in 2 cups of hot water. Add 1 cup liquid Castile soap, vinegar, and tea tree oil. Stir together. Store in a container to use for dishes.

Grout Cleaner
1 cup hydrogen peroxide
1 cup water
Directions: Mix in spray bottle. Spray on tile. Let sit for one hour. Wash off.

Disinfecting Spray
1 cup vinegar
Directions: Put 1 cup vinegar in spray bottle. Fill the rest of the bottle with water. Shake up. Spray and wipe down.

Hand Soap

Healing Whipped Soap
2 cups coconut oil – high quality is important
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. Dr. Bronners Liquid Castile Soap or any other organic liquid soap of choice.
40 drops lavendar
30 drops melaleuca
20 drops lemon
Directions: Whip the coconut oil first on low speed until smooth. Add the olive oil and soap. Blend slowly on low speed. Finally add the essential oils and blend again.

Healing Aloe Vera Soap
1 cup glycerin soap base (available at most soap-making supplies store)
1/8 cup aloe vera gel (remove the gel fresh from the bark of the aloe vera leaf)
2 tbsp. nettle leaf, crushed and dried
Directions: Mix all the ingredients in a microwave safe container. Microwave for a minute or two, until the soap mixture is clear and uniform without any lumps. Pour mixture into soap molds. Refrigerate until set.

Pregnancy Anti-Nausea Soap
2 cups basic soap mix
2 tbsp. dried ginger flakes (you can also strain the juice from half an inch piece of ginger)
Directions: Combine soap mix and ginger flakes in a bowl. Microwave until mixture becomes uniform. Pour into molds and allow it to set.

Sugar Scrub
1/2 cup coarse brown sugar
1 tbsp. honey
A little olive oil
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
Directions: Mix all ingredients together. This scrub can be applied to hands or your entire body in the shower. The scrub not only smells delicious, but leaves your skin feeling ultra-smooth.

Organic Hand Scrub
1 tbsp. coconut oil
2 tbsp. raw honey
1 cup sea salt
1 cup organic sugar
1 tbsp. lemon juice
Directions: Stir together honey and coconut oil in a medium bowl. In another small bowl, blend the salt, sugar, and lemon juice until it becomes crumbly. Pour the salt mixture over the honey mixture and stir until smooth. Store in a small container.

Stress Relieving Rosemary Lavender Soap
3 cups glycerin or normal soap base
1 tsp rosemary oil
1/2 tsp lavender oil
1 tsp dried rosemary and lavender leaves
Directions: Mix all the ingredients in a microwave safe container. Microwave for a minute or two, until the soap mixture is clear and uniform without any lumps. Pour mixture into soap molds. Refrigerate until set.

Gentle Plantain Soap
2 cups glycerin soap base
1/8 cup water
1 cup glycerin
A bunch of fresh plantain leaves (or 2 tablespoons of plantain oil)
Directions: Blend together the plantain leaves and glycerin in a food processor. Strain the mixture. Add to the water and soap base. Heat in microwave until soap mixture melts. Pour into molds. Refrigerate until set.

Hair Care

Coconut Shampoo
1/2 cup coconut milk
2/3 cup Castile soap
30 drops of essential oil (jasmine works great.)
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
Directions: Using a funnel, combine all ingredients into an empty shampoo bottle or jar and shake. You can keep it in the shower for one to two months. Shake well before each use.

Shampoo Bar Soap
9 ounces coconut oil
9 ounces olive oil
5 ounces castor oil
3 ounces jojoba oil
2 ounces shea butter
2 ounces cocoa butter
1 ounce beeswax
4 ounces water
6 ounces coconut milk
4 ounces lye
Directions: Put water and coconut milk in glass bowl. Carefully add the lye into the liquid and stir to combine. (Adding the liquid to the lye could cause an eruption.) Be careful, the liquid is caustic and not to be touched in anyway. The outside of the bowl will be extremely hot as well. Allow the lye mixture to stay under a vent and?cool down while you prepare the oils. Measure all oils, with a kitchen scale, and pour into a pot. Warm oils and beeswax on low heat until all are melted. Pour melted oils into a crock pot. Be sure the crock pot is on the lowest setting. Add the lye/liquid mixture to the oils in the crock pot and stir. Note: Any equipment?the lye touches needs to be neutralized in a mixture of vinegar, soap, and water. Vinegar will neutralize the lye. After a brief stir, grab your stick blender and get to work. Blend the oils, lye, and liquid in the crock pot for at least 3-5 minutes or until the mixture becomes a thick, pudding like consistency. Once the mixture is pudding-like, cover the crock pot and cook the soap for approximately 1 hour. Grease soap molds and pour into molds. Let sit for 24 hours.

Essential Oil Shampoo
1/2 cup liquid Castile soap
1/4 cup canned coconut milk
1/4 cup honey
2 tbsp. coconut oil
1 tbsp. Vitamin E oil
40 – 50 drops favorite scented essential oils
Directions: Mix all of the ingredients in a container with a lid. Put on the lid and shake to combine. Shake before using and use as you would any commercial shampoo.

Therapeutic Shampoo
1/2 c. of rosemary
1/2 c. of sage leaf
1/2 c. of lavender
1/2 c. of nettle leaf
4 c. of water
1 c. of Castile soap
1/4 tsp. Vitamin E oil
1/2 tsp. glycerin
2 tbsp. aloe vera gel
Lavender essential oil
2 – 8 oz. bottles
Directions: Mix all herbs together. Put 1 cup of mixed herbs in with boiling water. Save remaining herbs for later use. Mix all other ingredients in separate bowl. Pour half of mixture into two 8 ounce containers. Using a strainer, fill the rest of each container with strained tea mixture.

Laundry Soap

Laundry Detergent
1 four pound, twelve ounce box of Borax
3 bars Fels-Naptha soap
1 four pound box of baking soda
1 box Super Washing Soda
5 pounds Oxy Clean
Directions: Grate Fels-Naptha soap. Mix all ingredients together in very large container. Use 3-4 tablespoons per laundry load. This could last you an entire year.

Liquid Laundry Soap
1 bar of soap (any kind)
1 cup of Borax
1 cup of washing soda
2 gallons of water
Directions: Grate bar soap into pot. Add 1 gallon of water. Cook until soap dissolves. Add Borax and washing soda. Bring to a boil. Turn off heat. Add one gallon of cold water. Stir well. Use 1 cup per load of laundry.

Homemade Fabric Softener
6 cups hot water
3 cups white vinegar
2 cups Suave Refreshing Waterfall conditioner {or other favorite scent}
Directions: Mix conditioner & hot water until conditioner has dissolved completely. Add vinegar and mix well. Store in a large container. Add to each load of laundry before washing.

Fabric Softener
1 cup scent booster of your choice (Purex Crystals, Downy Unstoppables, or Gain Fireworks)
1 cup hot water
1 cup baking soda
6 cups distilled vinegar
Directions: Mix scent booster and hot water. Let sit while you mix other ingredients in separate bowl. Add the vinegar to the baking soda very slowly. If you add it too quickly, there will be a fizzing reaction. Finally add the scent mixture. Store in a jar. The mixture will separate and will need to be shaken before each use.

Bar Soap

Herb and Citrus Bar Soap
Glycerin soap
Assorted herbs & citrus such as basil, mint, rosemary, orange, and/or lemon
Directions: Melt glycerin soap in a bowl in the microwave. Melt in 30 second increments stirring to break up big chunks. Puree herbs and citrus in a food processor. Add 1 tablespoon of the mixture per cup of soap. Allow melted soap to cool a little before adding in the herbs. Spray cooking spray on soap molds. Pour into molds.

Oatmeal Bar Soap
8 cubes of goat’s milk soap suspension formula
40 drops of sweet almond oil soap extract
1/4 cup oatmeal that has been lightly blended in blender
Directions: Melt goat’s milk soap in microwave. Stir in almond extract and oatmeal. Pour into greased soap molds. Let cool.

Bath Soap

Cappuccino Milk Bath
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup dendritic salt
1 cup oat flour, fine
1 cup whole milk powder
2 tbsp. cocoa powder
1/2 ounce vanilla frappuccino fragrance oil
Directions: Mix all ingredients together. Store in a glass jar. Add a few scoops to your bath water.

Exfoliating Foot Scrub
2.65 oz. fine sea salt
.5 oz. walnut shell powder
.5 oz. pumice powder
.5 oz. shea butter
.5 oz. cocoa butter
.75 oz. argan oil
.25 oz. sweet almond oil
10 drops peppermint essential oil
5 drops tea tree oil
Directions: Mix all ingredients together. Warm the oil to a liquid state before mixing. Allow mixture to cool and harden before using.

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13 thoughts on “25 Unique and Different Homemade Soaps

  1. I prefer liquid shower soap/gel and would like to make that one, should I use the liquid Castille soap or something else? Thanks.

  2. Thank you for all the great recipes. I love them all. I have not made anything yet, but when I do I have a big selection to chose from. All thanks to you folks at Bulk Apothecary. Thank you very much.

  3. Hi, I’m wondering for the shampoo recipes above, particular ones with coconut milk and water, if there is a shelf life for these…? Also, would there ever be a need for preservatives?

  4. If I were to add sodium Chloride to the liquid castile soap would I need to heat it first? If adding any additives such as essential oils or colloidal oatmeal would I need to heat before adding.

  5. I’m new to making soap. I’ve made bars following some of the recipes on this site. However, I find that they don’t last long. They seem to melt so fast. Would adding beeswax help? What will make them harder?

  6. I bought the coconut ginger almond fragrance oil. I would like to make that into a perfume for me & my girls. How do I go about it? Anyone have a recipe?
    Any info would be deeply appreciated. Thank you!

  7. I am doing this for the first time……lol. I am making foaming handsoap for my daughter’s shower. If I use Nature’s Oil liquid Castile soap do I use it straight or do I dilute it. And which soap works better the Castile soap or the foaming soap. (in bulk of course)

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