How to make your own cream cleaner

DIY cream cleaner

This cleaner is liquid enough to pour from a squeeze bottle and works well when you need something a bit stronger than soap and water.


  • 6g castile bar soap, unscented

  • 1 cup (250ml) water

  • 30g (2TB) washing soda

  • Essential oils (optional)

Equipment required

  • Pot

  • Grater

  • Stick blender

To make

  • Finely grate the bar soap or chop it into small pieces. If you don’t have a scale 6g is about 1.5TB when grated (a baking not eating tablespoon measure) or a 15mm x 15mm x 20mm piece

  • Add 1 cup of water to a small pot, add the grated soap and bring to the boil.

  • Simmer until the soap has melted and take off the heat.

  • Stir in the washing soda and mix to dissolve.

  • Put back on the heat (at a gentle simmer) and stir for a few minutes to completely heat the washing soda and let it thicken a little.

  • Tip into the container you use for your stick blender. A bucket also works well.

  • Leave to cool. The soap will float to the surface of the water and set hard-ish. This may take overnight.

leave until the soap mixture has set - it will sit on top of the water

  • Once cool, use your stick blender to whizz the mixture up (carefully – you may need to cover the top). You can also use a blender or food processor. I don't find this works as well to blend the soap but your equipment may work differently.

  • Funnel into a suitable container. A plastic squeeze bottle is ideal.

  • If you want to add essential oils then add a few drops at this point and shake to combine.

  • The mixture will thicken over the next day but can be used straight away.


  • When adding the washing soda to the hot liquid it's good practice to do this in a ventilated area and use a dust mask or just a tea towel over your nose and mouth so you don't inhale fumes.

  • The water and other ingredients will separate in between uses - shake before using.

  • Not all castile soap is created equal. You might find yours makes a harder or thinner cleaner so you might need to adjust the ratios. Regular soap can also be used but check the ingredients first - the purpose of this cleaner is to avoid harmful ones!

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