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Homemade Body Wash

Why Make Homemade Body Wash?

Well for one, you know exactly what is in it and you can pretty much make any scent you’d like! For me though, the biggest reason perhaps is the cost. I love saving my family money!

Have you ever noticed how expensive body wash is? Like seriously, expensive. At $4 + per container, you could literally spend a fortune to get clean in the shower! My husband goes through body wash like crazy. I swear he must pour a whole palm size amount in his hand because he goes through one in about a week and a half. It usually takes me a couple of months to get through it because I only use about a quarter sized amount and I usually put it in my loofah so a little bit goes a long way.

My husband, on the other hand, uses Dial Fresh Spring body wash which retails approximately $4, sometimes a bit cheaper if you can find it on sale, but still, that about $10-$12 a month just on body wash! Ridiculous. I needed to make a change, quickly.

I’ve seen others do it on Pinterest, so I figured, why not try making my husband’s body wash?! It seemed pretty easy to do, and it was! Everything needed to make your own body wash is easily found at your local Walmart or even at home! Please note: you will need glycerin for this project, you will find that in the first aid section next to band-aids and hydrogen peroxide!

For the price of 1 container of body wash from the store, you can make 1 gallon of body wash!

Supplies Needed to Make Homemade Body Wash

  • (1) 8 OZ Bar of Soap (You may use any type of soap you would like, but I have read in many places that Dove soap does not work well for homemade body wash.)
  • 2 Tablespoons of Glycerin 
  • 1 Gallon of Water
  • 1 Empty & Clean Gallon Jug (or a few empty body wash containers you’ve saved)
  • 1 Cheese Grater

Homemade body wash

Homemade Body Wash

How To Make Homemade Body Wash

Begin by taking your cheese grater and grating your 8 oz bar of soap, you can do this on the largest grate.

Homemade body wash

Once you have your soap grated, put it into a large stockpot along with the two tablespoons of glycerin and a gallon of water.

homemade body wash
On medium heat, melt the grated soap and stir frequently. Your mixture will look like very soapy water and depending on what soap you use, it may look milky! You are doing it right, don’t worry! If the soap is to thick, add some water until it is a consistency you like!

homemade body wash

Homemade Body Wash

When you’re positive that all of the soap is melted, take the stock pot off of the heat and move it to the back burner. You will let the mixture cool and congregate for 10-12 hours, I recommend making this right before you are ready to go to bed and in the morning you will be ready to finish it up!

Homemade Body Wash
The next morning your body wash will have the same consistency as Jello. Take your handheld mixer and mix the soap until it is liquid again. Once your soap is ready to go, grab your funnel and stick it into your gallon jug! Slowly pour the soap into the jug until it is full! Cap the jug and you’re done!

Homemade Body Wash

homemade body wash

homemade body wash

Does It Have The Same Consistency As Store Bought Body Wash?

Homemade body wash is sort of snotty feeling. It reminds me of egg whites because it is not as smooth as what you would get from the store. For the price though, the texture is something I can absolutely overlook! Suds do not equal clean, so even though this soap may not bubble or foam as much as your store bought body wash would, you’re still getting ridiculously clean, and that’s all that really matters!

How Much Will Homemade Body Wash Cost Me?

The cost will vary depending on the soap that you buy. You can get a lot of awesome soaps from the Dollar Store, but pay attention to the ounces because you need an 8 oz bar of soap, so for some soaps, you may have to buy one or two for it to equal 8 oz. I found everything we needed at Walmart so my cost was as follows:

  • 8 OZ Bar of Soap: I used 2 1/2 3 OZ bars of Dial: $2.24
  • Tablespoons of Glycerin: $3.88
  • Gallon of Water: Free! (Kind of, our water bill is approximately $26 a month so I could sit down to figure out the cost of that gallon of water, but I really don’t want to. Regardless, it would be cheap.)

Total Cost: $6.12

The best part is that two tablespoons barely made a dent in the glycerin so I will be able to make at least 3-4 more batches of body wash before it’s gone. So, if you really do the breakdown and say that there are approximately 4 batches in the glycerin, it really only costs $3.21 for a GALLON of body wash. Pretty good deal in my opinion!

 As always, I would make sure that your family doesn’t have any allergies to the products that you are using while making your own body wash. Use this recipe at your own risk. 

You might also be interested in my homemade laundry soap recipe and my homemade dishwasher detergent recipe!

 A huge thanks to Alex from the blog Mommy’s Craft Obsession for sharing this recipe with me!   

Rachel B

Monday 26th of October 2020

This is great I'm going to try it thank you

Starr McDaniel

Saturday 29th of August 2020

“Homemade body wash is sort of snotty feeling.” This gave me a laugh.

Jeanine Carlson

Monday 8th of June 2020

what a great idea! I must admit- I have yet to find a body wash that really works to make me feel not only clean but like my skin is soft and smooth. It is way too expensive!

gloria patterson

Thursday 28th of May 2020

With all that is going on more people are looking for ways to get products. Just looking at this recipe for a gallon you could make this for less than $4. A gallon of body wash depends would be at least 4 bottles or more, $20 or $25 for this BIG SAVING

monique s

Wednesday 22nd of April 2020

This is such a money saver. I never thought of trying to make it myself before.