27 February 2013

How to Make Liquid Castile Soap Without Lye

Liquid castile soap is a wonderful soap for your hair and body. Since it does not have any additional chemicals, it is also great for sensitive skin. Made from olive oil, it nourishes your hair as it gently cleans to remove dirt and oils.

As wonderful as liquid castile soap is, the price is not so wonderful.  A 16-ounce bottle will set you back about $10.  I use it quite often, so this definitely adds up.

ou can make your own liquid castile shampoo for a fraction of the price of buying a ready-made shampoo, and you can easily do it without using a lot of ingredients or lye.


When I wrote this post five years ago, I never expected the backlash it would get!  Before you rudely comment, yell at me, curse at me, or otherwise degrade me, yes I know that all soap needs lye.  Yes, I know that the castile soap that you start with has lye.  

However, this recipe doesn't use extra lye.  Lye isn't something that most people have on hand.  You can make this without purchasing or storing lye.  That's what I mean by making liquid castile soap without lye.  I'm all for comments - I love them! - but please don't be rude.  I'll delete it.  Thanks!




 Grate the soap using the cheese grater. Using soap flakes helps the soap dissolve faster.

STEP # 2

Heat the water on high heat until it simmers. Measure two cups of flakes to add to the water.


Stir to help the soap dissolve. Turn off the heat and let the soap continue to dissolve for the next hour. Stir occasionally.


If desired, add a teaspoon of lavender or peppermint essential oil.


Let cool completely before you pour it into a container. This recipe will make just over 64 ounces of shampoo.

Like all liquid castile soap, this recipe is very thin. If you do not like thin shampoo, you can use a foaming soap bottle. Fill the bottle halfway with your homemade liquid soap and add water to fill the container.

Castile soap is gentle enough to use on your hair and body. Many mothers use this soap on their children's hair and body without any skin irritation. This is also an inexpensive hand soap for the kitchen or bath.

You can add a teaspoon of body-safe fragrance oil if you like to use a scented shampoo. Be sure you look for an oil that is safe to use in soap because candle or potpourri fragrance oils may irritate your skin.

DIY Clarifying Shampoo

Easy Shampoo Recipe

Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, several chickens, and homing pigeons. She loves Gilmore Girls, coffee, and her kids. Not in that order.