Life Love Larson: Homemade Toddler Body Wash


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Homemade Toddler Body Wash

I was getting sick of buying fruity shampoo/body wash for my toddlers.  At ages 3 and 4, they are too old for “baby” wash and the alternatives seem to be weird smelling fruity wash or $10 organic wash (which I refuse to pay).

The kid’s bottle of body wash was just about empty, so I did some poking around online and found that I could make my own (for cheap), which I did.  We have been using it for a few weeks and I have been super pleased!

Ingredients:  Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap, Water, Empty Container

I found the Castile Bar Soap (peppermint) at Trader Joe’s for $3.29. Apparently this soap has been around for many years and people swear by it.  I also read that many people find relief from eczema and is great for people with sensitive skin. My daughter tends have more sensitive skin than the rest of us, so this is a great alternative for her.


Recipe: 6 parts water to 1 part soap

1.  Boil water and remove from heat
2.  Grate soap
3.  Add soap to water and stir until incorporated together
4.  Let cool
5.  Transfer to soap dispenser (we reused our old body wash container)

My experience: 
I grated 1/2 the bar of soap with a cheap cheese grater and added it to the pan with a few cups of boiling water (I was not precise with my measuring 6 to 1)!  I continued to add more water and boiled it as needed because the consistency gets very thick once it is cooled.  I wanted mine to be the consistency of regular body wash. 

*Sorry I do not have a precise amount of water, but this was my first time, and trial and error seemed to work for me :)


I was able to fill a 16 oz.bottle and fill the container next to it using 1/2 bar of soap for less than $2.00!  Tip:  I used a small funnel to transfer the soap into the old body wash bottle.


The body wash has also turned into their shampoo because I like the convenience factor of the all- in-one.  I read online that many people, including adults, use this for an all in one shampoo and soap. 
I shake the bottle before squirting into my hand and rub together to lather it up.  I have not had any issues with using it as a shampoo.  You do have to be careful about avoiding your child’s eyes as it is not “tear free”. 


Please share with me your homemade body wash recipes and let me know how they work for you!  I think I am going to try homemade detangler next, so stay tuned!

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  1. Thank you for sharing this recipe! I look forward to making it.

    ~Mrs. Delightful

  2. I love Dr. Bonner's peppermint soap. I have used a liquid version before as a shampoo, I love the peppermint smell. I'll have to try this recipe, I am sure it is less expensive than the liquid soap version. Thanks! I found you via the Someday Crafts Link Party.

  3. Neat idea! Thanks for sharing.
    Kristen @ Titus 2 Work in Progress

  4. What a cool idea! I love the fact that you can control exactly what your children's skin is exposed to.

  5. Fantastic! My daughter suffers from eczema and I've had a bugger of a time finding something that doesn't make it flare up. I'll definitely try this!

  6. I would have never thought so smartly.. I am bookmarking this to try with my older toddler after 2 years.. Right now I'm loving the baby smell of johnsons goodnight baby wash.. :)
    Thanks for linking!

  7. Great idea! We loved having you link up to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday!” We hope to see you back next Saturday with more fun ideas! -The Sisters

  8. Oooh, peppermint body wash sounds wonderful. This would probably be great for my son who has eczema.

    Stopping by from Tip Junkie's link up to say hi :)

  9. GREAT recipe! I will certainly have to try this! I would LOVE for you to link this up to My Favorite Things Party going on all week! Stopping by from the Tip Me Tuesday Party. I hope you will stop by & link up, oh & I am your newest follower!
    Much love,