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  1. Hi! Question about your foaming hand sanitizer. Have you ever had problems with it eating the plastic since you’re using thieves EO? I tried making my own disinfectant wipes before and it ruined the bottom of the plastic container. Thanks for your help!! Look forward to trying all your diy recipes!!

    1. Hi Liz! I’m so sorry I’m just now seeing your comment!

      I actually reached out to Young Living to ask them also because I was curious why some of their items were in plastic and others weren’t. I read this post on the Young Living Blog and it made me curious for more answers so I reached out to them…. (This post

      I always try to use glass for EVERYTHING. And I tell you more about how I try to do that here in my plastic free kitchen post But with some things you just cannot.

      Young Living recommended never using undiluted essential oils in plastic containers so diluting definitely helps. Also they said it depends on the type of plastic, concentration of oils, amount of oils and amount of time the oils come in contact with the plastic parts. I don’t have an exact answer for you. Maybe you bring up a good point…..MAYBE I SHOULD ACTUALLY STORE MY SOLUTION IN A GLASS MASON JAR AND THEN FILL OUT THE CONTAINERS AS I’M READY TO USE THEM?

    1. Hi Paula! I’m so sorry I’m just now seeing this! I’ll do better about keeping up with comments! No…it does not need to be rinsed. BUT you can. I do NOT rinse it when I’m using it as hand sanitizer. BUT if we are in a public restroom I’ll often pull it out of my purse and we all use it as hand soap and then rinse it off. I do love letting germs and dirt rinse down the drain when we can AND I DO NOT like the smell of most commercial, public restroom hand soaps. It’s made of the same ingredients as my foaming hand soap but in different proportions so the hand sanitizer doesn’t leave a film on your hands. My DIY Foaming Hand Soap Recipe…. https://everydaywholesome.com/how-to-make-diy-foaming-hand-soap-recipe/

  2. Does this make your hands feel sticky? I hate having that feeling that something is on my hands, even after they’re clean!

    1. It’s the opposite!!! It’s amazing!! The Castile soap is so moisturizing with the coconut oil! My hands feel clean yet moisturized and they smell wonderful!

    1. I personally prefer YL oils only. I think any oils are ok as long as they don’t burn. Watch out for hot oils maybe but I do like to add Thieves to help get rid of the yucky stuff. I usually copy other hand soap recipes…..lemon & orange. Peppermint (this one can be cool and could be burny I suppose…watch out with private parts if you make this as a body soap). You could use a combination you like in a diffuser. If you try some, will you let me know what you like best?

  3. Unfortunately that won’t kill stomach virus (norovirus) germs. Only bleach or hydrogen peroxide.

  4. Just a suggestion. You may want to buy containers that are a darker color instead of clear (like the blue or brown ones sold just for oil blends). Sunlight has a negative effect on many essential oils and they will lose potency and healing effects if exposed too long. Also, as others readers have said, certain plastic containers not made for this purpose may breakdown which could result in some of the chemicals being absorbed into your santizer.

    1. I did some research on this. And asked YOUNG LIVING directly. I completely agree that darker color is better. And glass is always better. If you find a container that is better than as I would love to know. There is research that has been done but no definitive answer on whether those containers are 100% safe with oils in them. I think they are considered generally safe because of the amount of oils in the dilution level. But please let me know if you find something better. I always like to err on the side of Darker and glass. Whenever I can.

  5. Actually the peppermint oil is used in place of alcohol. Peppermint oil has the same properties as denatured alcohol but without the chemical junk! So it is actually put into YL’s hand sanitizer for a reason! 🙂

    1. If you try another kind of bottle, will you let me know? I would love to know if I squeeze bottle or a spray bottle works. Or if you have to dilute it or change the consistency at all.

    1. You could probably use a squeeze bottle. But it might be kind of runny. And yet I think a spray bottle it might be kind of thick. If you try another kind of bottle, will you let me know?

    1. Did you try another soap that you have?! I’m sure any soap will work if you are unable to find Castile! I think Castile is back in stores now thank goodness!

  6. in your recipe, you say how many drops of essential oil to use, and how much soap, but how big is the bottles and what is the water ratio?

    1. The foaming bottles are linked above in the article. They are 50ml bottles that I used. My recipe is for this bottles. I’ll update my recipe to have that info!

    1. No! You can use any soap that would foam I’m sure. I just prefer the safest soap I can. BUT in the middle of a global pandemic, you use what you can find!! Alcohol is the most important part of this recipe!

  7. I never thought to make my own foaming hand sanitizer!!! I have researched the diy gel sanitizer but this is just so much more fun to put on, haha. I have a question about the alcohol. I was a bit confused by your 3/4-1/4 statement. Do you mix the alcohol with water first and then add or just use straight alcohol to top off the bottle once it is already filled with the alcohol free version? Thanks in advance for your help! Now just to be able to get my hands on some of those pump bottles!! 😉

    1. So sorry! I updated the instructions above to be more clear! Add Soap and essential oils and then add alcohol (and water if you want). BUT make sure your ratio is 60% alcohol to be effective. I was trying to be clear and yet was unclear! I’m so glad you’re having fun w/ the foaming! I love it too! Did you find some bottles?!

    1. Are you unable to find it due to the pandemic? You could use any soap you have! And then as soon as you can find Castile soap Again you can make a new batch!

  8. This didn’t work at all for me. I followed the recipe exactly (using the alcohol-water mix) and it does not foam. I even tried different foaming dispensers. I added more Castile soap and it still will not foam. What could I have done wrong?

    1. How strange! You are the 3rd person who has said this! And I didn’t have any trouble! Did you ever get it to work? Did you try adding some water? It needs at least 60% alcohol to abide by the guidelines for the CDC!

    2. I did some research on this! I assumed it was the alcohol! But it’s the soap! Apparently different containers require different amounts of soap to foam! So, try more soap! But again, make sure you ratio is 60% alcohol to kill germs!!!

  9. Hi,
    Do you have a “bulk” recipe for this? I don’t have access to the travel size bottles, so I’d like to make it in a mason jar and use in various sized foaming dispensers. The amount of soap, EO, alcohol, water would be different for various size containers.
    I don’t want to lose the sanitizing effects by altering the ingredient measurements.
    Thanks!

    1. I don’t! I would just have to do the math. Just make sure you have 60% alcohol for the recipe to abide by the CDC guidelines!

  10. I followed the recipe and mine does not foam coming out of the. Bottle 🙁 have you ever had this problem? I used the same bottles.

    1. I have never had that problem! I went back and double checked and mine are foaming. someone else just commented the same thing though a few days after you! I wonder if you could take some of the alcohol out and add some water? Just make sure it’s 60% alcohol! Let me know if it works so I can update everyone and add to the post!

    2. I did some research on this! I assumed it was the alcohol! But it’s the soap! Apparently different containers require different amounts of soap to foam! So, try more soap! But again, make sure you ratio is 60% alcohol to kill germs!!!

    1. I have not! If you do, will you let me know how it goes? I am not sure if it would foam as well? I’m curious though for sure. I had a hand sanitizer recipe w/ aloe vera gel mold on me once….it was sooo gross! Yuck! So I have been scared away from it a bit!

  11. oddly, i can’t get it to foam for me? I make castile foaming soap all the time but the alcohol is not foaming at all? I wonder what I’m doing?

    1. That is so strange! Mine is foaming! I used to use water and not alcohol and now I add alcohol due to the coronavirus. Can you try dumping some out and adding some water and see if that works? Just a bit? I don’t know that it would help? Let me know though so I can update everyone? Just make sure to keep it 60% alcohol to abide by the CDC standards!

    2. I did some research on this! I assumed it was the alcohol! But it’s the soap! Apparently different containers require different amounts of soap to foam! So, try more soap! But again, make sure you ratio is 60% alcohol to kill germs!!!

  12. Hi Tori!

    I am ordering bottles to make this hand sanitizer today, and was wondering what the non alcohol recipe is? Is it all water? Alcohol might be the trickiest ingredient for me to get at the moment as I have most of the other stuff on hand. I can’t wait to try the foaming hand soap! I made some with just the Dr. Bronner’s and water but yours sounds like way more fun!

    Thanks in advance!

  13. I received my bottles today and played around with a few different mixture measurements/ratios, but still all containing the 60% alcohol, and all of them still won’t foam, but it does fine with just the soap and water mixture (no alcohol added, only soap, so it’s not the bottles). This leads me to wonder if the higher alcohol content has something to do with the foaming. I still prefer this sanitizer to the gel and my hands feel incredibly soft already, haha. I only started with four bottles ( I got the 12 pack) so we will keep playing with different soap content and let you know if we find a good foaming ratio. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  14. Hi! I haven’t tried your recipe but I have been reading other foaming hand sanitizer recipes. The ones I’ve read use witch hazel instead of alcohol. Apparently those do foam. Do you know if witch hazel is a good replacement of alcohol? Where I live I cannot find alcohol at all so it would be great if I can use witch hazel cause I do have that. But I don’t know if that equals to using alcohol? I hope you can help me figure this one out. Thanks a bunch!

  15. Hello!
    I’m making this sanitizer for the dispensers in my office. They are 350 ml capacity. Am I safe to just multiply the recipe? Or is there some adjustment needed? Pls advise, GREAT post thanks!

    1. I experimented some more and found…. UPDATE: IF YOUR RECIPE DOES NOT FOAM.

      **I EXPERIMENTED. I found that 1/2 to 1 teaspoons of Castile Soap + NO MORE THAN 2 Tablespoons of alcohol in the container + water for it to foam. Otherwise it will be too runny and not foamy.

  16. Hi, I tried out the recipe but got no foak at all, starting to see small foaming at 8 tablespoons. Any recommendations?

    Thanks.

    1. I updated it!!!! I experimented with tons of different recipes and found…. 1/2 to 1 teaspoons of Castile Soap + NO MORE THAN 2 Tablespoons of alcohol in the container + water for it to foam. Otherwise it will be too runny and not foamy.