74 Delightful Homemade Soap Recipes That Are Fun to Make (2024)

Have you ever noticed how the most basic household items can bust your budget wide open? And they always seem to all need to be purchased at once? Well, you no longer have to worry about soap being a budget buster. Soap can easily be made at home for a fraction of the cost.

Especially, if you grow or raise certain items that go into making different types of soaps. Not to mention, homemade soap also makes great gifts too.

So without further introduction, here are the best soap recipes that are sure to help you create your own soap masterpieces and save you money too.

1. Homemade Foaming Hand Soap

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We go through a ton of hand soap at my house. When you operate a small farm your hands obviously touch some interesting things.

Practicing good hygiene is very important. This recipe helps you create a great foaming hand soap. Plus, it also shares a great tutorial on making a mason jar soap dispenser.

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2. Goat’s Milk Body Wash

Body wash certainly counts as soap. It is another item we go through a lot in our home. I love body wash because it doesn’t leave soap scum on your shower walls.

But I also love this recipe because it is all-natural, and you know what you are rubbing over your body’s largest organ. If you need a creamy body wash that you can make at home, then consider this recipe.

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3. Megan’s Liquid Gel Dishwasher Detergent

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Dishwasher packets and liquid is becoming more and more expensive. However, I love my dishwasher as it saves me a lot of time.

If you find yourself in this same boat, then give this recipe a try. Hopefully, it will do a satisfactory job in your opinion and save you a little cash in the process.

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4. Oatmeal Soap

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I almost always have oatmeal on hand. The fact that I can take this pantry staple and turn it into a great homemade soap makes me love this recipe all the more.

So if you have lots of oatmeal on hand, or even if you are looking for an inexpensive soap ingredient then you’ll probably want to try your hand at this oatmeal soap.

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5. No-Lye Liquid Castile Soap

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Castile soap is a great soap to have around. It can be used on hair or skin. Plus, if you have sensitive skin it might be a good alternative because there are few ingredients.

Actually, I use castile soap to make DIY dog shampoo. In case any of this sounds appealing to you, then you’ll probably want to give this recipe a try.

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6. 10 Minute DIY Milk and Honey Soap

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This soap is one that I love everything about. I love that I raise most of the ingredients right here on my own land.

Also, I love the design of this soap as well. Not to mention, it takes so little time to make. If you need a nice soap that won’t take a long time to make then give this recipe a try.

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7. Homemade Dish Soap

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The price of dish soap has climbed in recent years. Plus, I’m not sure what is in store-bought dish soap. That concerns me as it is rubbing all over my hands on a regular basis.

So if you share some of the same concerns, then you might want to consider this basic dish soap recipe. The great thing is you can make some of the ingredients she recommends to purchase. I’ve actually already listed recipes in this post.

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8. Lye Free Soap

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A lot of people don’t play with making soap because of the lye step. Dealing with lye can be very scary if you don’t use extreme precautions.

However, this soap takes that fear out of the equation. You have to purchase previously made soap in order to safely include lye. But the danger of handling lye has been eliminated for you in this recipe.

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9. Homemade Liquid Hand/Body Soap

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I am so thrilled with this recipe. It requires only a few dollars in materials, and you can make gallons of soap.

If you have an old milk jug, a bar of soap, a few dollars to purchase a bottle of glycerin, and some water then you are ready to make your own liquid hand or body soap.

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10. Mother’s Day Soap

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Are you looking for a great gift for mom, whether for Christmas, birthday, or Mother’s Day? Well, if so, then take a glance at this soap making recipe.

You can make it with a variety of designs and make it your own with different scents if you wish. It is a great, inexpensive personalized gift.

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11. Shampoo Bar

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I am more of a liquid shampoo type of girl. However, my husband and boys prefer a solid shampoo bar. So if this is your preference, then you might want to check out this recipe so you can make your own.

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12. 1-Step Homemade Shaving Cream

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Shaving cream counts as a type of soap, right? It is used in your morning routine so we are going to count it for this post.

If you need an easy, inexpensive shaving cream that can double as a great moisturizer, then you’ll want to check out this recipe.

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13. Cream Soap

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This stuff just looks delicious. It reminds me of homemade whipped cream. If you can only imagine how great soap of that texture would feel on your skin.

Well, if that sounds absolutely wonderful to you, then you’ll want to try this soap. It is only four basic ingredients and will hopefully make your new favorite soap.

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14. Homemade Body Wash

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Homemade body wash just appears so creamy and almost entices you to hurry and take a shower. Your skin just desires that creamy moisture to soothe any roughness or dryness.

Well, this homemade body wash is no different. There is an easy to follow recipe and tutorial to help you along with making this soap.

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15. Crockpot Lotion Bars

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Lotion bars go hand in hand with homemade soap as they help add moisture to your skin after showering.

So if you’d like to have your own lotion bars (especially those that can be easily made in the crockpot) then you need to check out this recipe.

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16. Homemade Goats Milk Soap

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I love goat’s milk. I raise goats and besides the fact that they are adorable and entertaining, I love their milk.

When I discovered I could make soap with their goats’ milk, it absolutely tickled me. If you love goat’s milk soap, then you’ll want to give this recipe a quick glance.

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17. Homemade Lotion

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This post is all about skincare, frugality, and making what we need. The lotion is no exception to any of these rules.

After you finish using your homemade body soap, you’ll probably need some lotion to continue to care for your skin. Don’t buy it if you can make it. Thanks to this recipe, you can make your own lotion with only three ingredients.

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18. Homemade Lotion Bars

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These are traditional lotion bars that require only a few simple ingredients to make. They make great gifts as well as items to use for yourself daily.

Whether you are looking to be more self-reliant or just frugal, you’ll want to give this lotion recipe a glance.

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19. Homemade Milk Bath

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Do you like taking relaxing baths? Well, if so, then you’ll want to consider making this milk bath for yourself.

This milk bath is great for treating dry skin, irritated skin, or even just to add for a little extra relaxation.

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20. Neapolitan Soap Pops

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These soap pops look delicious. They would make great gifts that would be cute while functional too.

Also, they would be great to make for your own home décor. Just be sure to warn your guest not to eat the soap.

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21. Homemade Chap Stick

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Chapstick is another staple that we use regularly around our home. Though it isn’t technically soap, it is still something that can be used for moisture.

So if you love chapstick, then you might want to give this recipe a chance. If it works for you, then you no longer have to pay high prices for a store-bought lip moisturizer.

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22. 10 Minute Peppermint Soap

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It’s Christmas time, and you have no idea what to buy for some people. Maybe it is your neighbors that you smile and wave to daily, but don’t really know on a personal level.

Or it could be the family member that has everything! Well, don’t fret. Instead, make them this peppermint soap that takes only around 10 minutes to throw together.

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23. DIY Goldfish Soap for Kids

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Do you have a child that hates to take a bath? Well, give them some fun soap and see if that changes things.

You can make them this awesome soap that looks like a goldfish in a bag. With this tutorial, you should be able to figure out how to turn bath time into fun time.

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24. Sea Mud Soap

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This soap doesn’t sound very enticing, but give it a chance. Sea mud is also known as French green clay has a lot of awesome benefits for your skin.

If you like a soap that is going to help add nutrients to your body while you bathe, then you might want to give this soap recipe a chance.

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25. Tea Tree Oil Soap

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I love tea tree oil. It treats so many different things. This soap claims to naturally treat acne and other breakouts.

So if you would like to attack your acne problem from a natural place, then give this recipe a try.

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26. Fish in a Bag Soap

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This is another cute fish in a bag tutorial. This one adds a few different colors. Again, this might be a great way to turn bath time into a fun time for kiddos that hate baths.

So if you are tired of that daily struggle to get your kids to bathe and do so properly, then try this fun soap recipe that might actually make them want to bathe.

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27. Cranberry Sauce Soap

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If you know me, you know how much I love all things cranberry. I love cranberry juice, cranberry relish, and cranberry sauce.

Why would cranberry soap be any different? If you love cranberries too, then you might want to try this awesome recipe.

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28. Avocado Cucumber and Oats Soap

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This soap looks amazing. This will be another one that you’ll have to remind those you give it to for use to not eat.

But the tutorial seems to be really thorough. Even if you are new to soap making, you could most likely have a successful batch of this soap in no time.

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29. Shea Butter Coconut Milk Soap

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I love shea butter and coconut milk too. They are great natural moisturizers. If you suffer from dry skin (especially in the winter months), then you might want to check this soap out.

Not to mention, the tutorial seems really thorough which should make the soap making process go smoother.

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30. Bourbon Whiskey Vanilla Bean Soap

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This sounds like an interesting concoction for soap, but if you like giving unique gifts or using unique products then this might be a good soap option for you.

But what really sold me on this recipe is the safety precautions they take. They provide links for those that are new to soap making so they do so safely.

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31. Bath Time Play Dough

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This is another way to make bath time fun for the kids. Whether you make this for your own children, want to include it as a stocking stuffer, or a gift for a child in your life they will most likely love it.

If you love this idea, then follow the recipe, and hopefully, you will have found your new ‘kid-friendly’ soap.

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32. Rosemary and Lemon Kitchen Soap

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Do you chop a lot of onions or garlic in your kitchen? If so, then you know how hard it is to remove that odor from your hands.

Well, with this soap you don’t have to worry about that. The lemon is a natural way to kill the odors and therefore would be great in most kitchens.

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33. Mojito Soap

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This soap would make a fun gift to share with friends and family members. If you have friends that really love the minty smell of a mojito, then you’ll know that they’ll love this soap.

If you would like a minty recipe that smells similar to how a mojito tastes, then follow this recipe and see what you think.

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34. Thyme and Witch Hazel Facial Soap

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Do you use expensive facial products? Would you like to save some money? If so, then you should check out this facial bar recipe.

This soap sounds wonderful just by looking at the recipe. There are so many different oils used in it that naturally moisturize your face.

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35. Easy, Beginner, Liquid DIY Castile Soap

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The words ‘easy’ and ‘beginner’ should be encouraging to any new soap maker when it comes to this recipe.

So if you’d like to make your own castile soap but aren’t really sure where to start, then look no further than this recipe. Give it a try.

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36. Homemade Poppy Seed Soap

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This recipe is another one that uses melt and pour soap. For people that aren’t comfortable using regular lye, then this might be a good option.

Plus, this soap can be made in around 30 minutes. This is a great way to make your natural and fresh soap using up very little time.

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37. DIY Liquid Hand Soap with Essential Oils

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This recipe calls for only a few minor ingredients. The great news about them is that a lot of those ingredients can be homemade as well which should save you more money in the process.

However, whether you buy the ingredients or not, this recipe claims to be super simple to make. Why not go for a natural, especially if it is inexpensive and easy?

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