DIY FOAMING HAND SOAP RECIPE | HOW TO MAKE

This post was most recently updated on October 5th, 2019

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This DIY Foaming Hand Soap keeps you clean and dirt and yuck free through essential oils….or without. Foaming soap is cheaper. It’s super easy to make. No harmful chemicals. Toxin Free. Castile Soap with or without essential oils.  

This soap is amazing. A.MA.ZING.
[You know you don’t get out much when one of your favorite things is Almond Castile Soap. #momlife ]
It is the best hand soap I’ve ever used. And, it’s simple, cheap and easy.
It leaves my hands soft. And it smells divine. I’m in love .

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WHY IS ANTIBACTERIAL SOAP DANGEROUS?

  • Kills both good and bad bacteria.
  • Full of chemicals that are just bad for you. Endocrine disruption. No good.
  • Can create antibiotic resistance. We know that’s not good.
  • They aren’t even effective from what I’ve read.

There are some natural ways to kill bacteria (essential oils that are antibacterial) when we want to kill the bad kid germs and clean our hands before we eat.

DOES THIEVES ESSENTIAL OIL ACTUALLY KILL BACTERIA?

I am not a scientist nor can I claim something like that. But I do believe that it helps our immunity and I have researched its effectiveness here on Dr. Annie’s Experiment blog. She does a wonderful job of testing Thieves Essential Oil and according to her….it works!

WHAT DO I NEED TO BUY FOR DIY ANTIBACTERIAL HAND SOAP INGREDIENTS & TOOLS?

  1. Container for soap. 
  2. Amazing soap. I LOVE LOVE LOVE DR. BRONNER’S LIQUID CASTILE SOAP!!! I have been using it to bathe the children, make foaming hand sanitizers and hand soaps for years. [more recipes coming soon! JOIN EMAIL LIST TO STAY UPDATED ON FUTURE POSTS!] Side note….Did you know there were so many scents? I have to try them all now…..
  3. Water [I just use tap water but you could use distilled.]
  4. Oil. [optional] Almond Oil or Light Olive Oil. I admit I’m often too lazy to finish this step so you’ll have to let me know if you like it.
  5. Essential Oils. [optional] I add Young Living Thieves [for antibacterial qualities] and Young Living Peppermint [to smell nice with the Thieves and to copy the Thieves Hand Sanitizer recipe combination] —HOW TO ORDER ESSENTIAL OILS HERE. 

MY LOVE OF CASTILE SOAP.  IS IT SAFE?

Castile Soap is amazing. Lately, I am in LOVE with this Dr. Bronner’s Almond Castile Soap! The almond smells divine (like an almond dessert….have you ever smelled almond extract?!) and leaves my hands soft. I love it.

Castile soap is made from oils, like coconut oil, olive oil and hemp oil. EWG RATING.  And it can be used to clean so many things. It’s so cheap and can be used for so much. It makes my life easier.

MY LOVE OF MASON JARS.

I use mason jars for EV.ERY.THING. now. I’ll post on that later. (SIGN UP TO STAY IN TOUCH TO GET THOSE UPDATES!) I had a little meltdown recently while moving and was unpacking glasses. Short glasses. Tall glasses. Wine glasses. Glasses. Why do I have so many glasses? I wondered. Well, you guessed it. I don’t anymore. I ONLY HAVE MASON JARS. No seriously. ONLY mason jars. You come to my house and want a beverage. You’ll be drinking from a mason jar. If you want a wine glass, you’ll have to bring your own. Ok, I do still have coffee cups.  I’m not totally insane. Just a little. Ok back to the soap….in a mason jar…

DIY FOAMING SOAP RECIPE – HOW TO MAKE FOAMING FOAM HAND SOAP

There are plenty of recipes and you can experiment with the ratio you like. Here’s my favorite recipe. Super simple. Don’t dirty any measuring spoons or cups. Just start mixing. It’s easier and more fun that way!

  • a little less than 4/5 of your container – WATER
    • add slowly so you don’t suds too much if you have or have had soap in container
  • a little less than 1/5 of your container  – YOUR FAVORITE CASTILE SOAP
    • [See info above on scents].
  • 1-2 t of oil approximately & optionally (almond oil or light olive oil)
  • 20 drops of Essential Oils. — MORE ON ESSENTIAL OILS HERE. 
    • Start with 10-20 drops (depending on size of container) and experiment with what you like.
    • I prefer a 2 to 1 ratio of Peppermint to Thieves if I add both. (Example. 10 drops of Thieves. 20 drops of Peppermint.
    • Start with less and add more. Too many essential oils can burn your hands, especially in the winter or with chapped or cut hands.
  • Leave Space in dispenser for hand soap dispenser top if there is a cavity for air.

DIY FOAMING SOAP RECIPE WITH ESSENTIAL OILS

It’s so easy. It’s so simple. It’s so inexpensive.

  • Add approx 1/5 castile soap container by grabbing the bottle and giving a quick squirt by eyeballing approx 1/5 of container.
  • Add water to fill the rest of container with water slowly so it doesn’t suds too much. Leave room at the top for the dispenser lid.
  • DONE. and DONE.
  • Lately {summertime} I’m only adding castile soap and water. That’s all. No essential oils. When school starts and winter rolls around and I become terrified of kid germs and sicknesses, I’ll start adding essential oils back into my soap containers.
  • See how many essential oils I add above.

WILL THIS RECIPE SAVE MONEY?

Absolutely.
Foaming soap uses so much less soap…it’s ridiculous.
It also saves time. Who has time to lather their own soap?

Other recipes for DIY Foaming Hand Soap even call for less soap.( 2-4 Tablespoons of soap.) I use more but I like that ratio in my dispenser. Start with less soap if you’re on a budget. My Castile soap bottles last me more than a year and I bathe the kids, make hand sanitizers and soaps and I have a toddler who thinks it is THRILLING to squirt soap for an hour. Literally. Oh what fun. I don’t mind, because it’s fun and it’s quite inexpensive for an afternoon activity.

You can calculate how inexpensive it is compared to the store bought varieties. While you’re at it, also look at the ingredients of those bad boys. Yikes! And think about how effective yours is going to be to fight germs this winter!  I don’t know of any other natural antibacterial besides essential oils.

FURTHER READING…

DIY FOAMING HAND SANITIZER   how to bathe a newborn baby

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This blog is my way of sharing my research with you. I am not an expert. After I research the best choice for my family, I want to share that with you! I am your EVERYDAY....military wife, homeschooling mommy, hippie homemaker, Catholic convert, photographer with an unquenchable appetite for knowledge & sweets...striving to make every day WHOLESOME.

17 Comments

  1. Quin Cl October 14, 2019 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    Good to know that I can use essential oils for DIY hand soap, especially the oils from Young Living (and I love them too). Thank you for sharing this since I’ve been thinking about this for months already. 🙂

  2. Emily Zielinski October 14, 2019 at 11:47 pm - Reply

    This is a really good post, thank you for sharing. i Like to make my own everything where possible, this foaming handsoap is not something ive tried before though.

  3. Ntensibe Edgar Michael October 15, 2019 at 9:11 am - Reply

    Nnnniiiiccceeeeeee….this is actually quite easy, a procedure! I can actually try it out.

    • Tori October 15, 2019 at 7:35 pm - Reply

      It’s so simple and cheap! It’s probably the easiest DIY of all time!

  4. littlemisadvencha October 15, 2019 at 10:40 am - Reply

    wow. i never thought that antibacterial soap is dangerous, and it kills good bacteria. this post is very informative. thanks so much!

    cha @ littlemisadvencha.com

    • Tori October 15, 2019 at 7:34 pm - Reply

      There are tons of reasons it’s bad. There are toxic products everywhere and it’s hard to find them all! That’s what I’m here for! 🙂

  5. joy October 15, 2019 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    nice! i never thought of adding essential oils to the hand soap. very nice idea. thanks.

    Joy at The Joyous Living

    • Tori October 15, 2019 at 7:34 pm - Reply

      Anywhere you would have used fragrance before you knew it was toxic…. it’s a great idea to add essential oils if you still want smell. I love smells and really missed them when I removed them!

  6. Tiffany La Forge-Grau October 15, 2019 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    This is a really great DIY! I have most the materials I need already to make this too!

  7. Beeb Ashcroft October 15, 2019 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    That is a really great idea. I could save a lot of money and have my own variety around the house!

    • Tori October 15, 2019 at 7:33 pm - Reply

      Me too! I totally agree! It’s great for so many reasons!

  8. Joanna Clute October 15, 2019 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    I would really like to try this. It is easy and a great way to add a nice touch for when company visits!

    • Tori October 15, 2019 at 5:32 pm - Reply

      I just used Christmas Spirit this week for the holiday season…a bit early. It’s fabulous!!!!

  9. Toni October 15, 2019 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    This is awesome! I love using DIY products.

    • Tori October 15, 2019 at 7:33 pm - Reply

      Me too!!! It’s cheaper and better! And it’s not a DIY that takes a ton of time like some do!

  10. Emman Damian October 16, 2019 at 9:23 am - Reply

    Wow! This is a very environmentally friendly and sustainable idea! I would like to do it soon!

  11. Subhashish Roy October 16, 2019 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    It is such a great idea to make our hand soap at home. The best part is it’s cost effectiveness.

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