Who has walked down the hand soap aisle at Target and been amazed at all the varieties of soap you can buy? I saw Fig & Rhubarb foaming hand soap the other day…wow.
When you buy those fancy brands of soap, you’re getting a lot more than you’ve bargained for. Most–even natural brands like Method–contain artificial colors, preservatives, and sodium chloride. Yes, there is table salt in your liquid soap.
Let’s take a look at this bottle from the Stinky Bath Store.
That’s a whole lotta chemicals! And it costs $6.50, to boot. It would cost me $25+ to put a bottle of this at every sink in the house.
With two kids (and their friends) making messes at our house all the time, we have a lot of hands to clean. We don’t use antibacterial soap, and I don’t want to buy soap with weird chemicals in it.
It’s easy to make your own moisturizing foaming hand soap with three natural ingredients. Let’s do this!
DIY Foaming Hand Soap Ingredients
Distilled water. We’re using distilled water because it’s less likely to have contaminants, bacteria, pharmaceuticals, lead…many of which can be found in tap water. Yuck.
Vegetable glycerine. Vegetable glycerine is made from plant oils. It’s moisturizing and gives your soap a thick, luxurious feel.
Liquid unscented castile soap. Castile soap is a gentle, plant-based soap that can be used in numerous ways for cleaning.
Foaming hand soap dispenser. These have a special mechanism that turns the liquid into foam. You can get them on Amazon or recycle one you already have.
Essential oil. These are optional, and are used to scent your soap and/or give it antibacterial properties.
DIY Foaming Hand Soap Instructions
Measure 2/3 cup distilled water, and pour it into the soap dispenser. If you’re clumsy like me, a funnel will help.
Add 1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerine and 1/3 cup castile soap.
If you’re using essential oils, add 15 drops. You can use a single oil or a combination of oils.
Put the top on the dispenser and gently swirl the ingredients together.
Label the bottle and you’re done! How easy was that?!?
Prefer bar soap? No problem. Learn how to make bar soap without using lye.
DIY Foaming Hand Soap Scents
Kitchen: 10 drops Lemon, 5 drops Rosemary
Antibacterial: 12-15 drops On Guard blend
Sleepytime: 8 drops Lavender, 4 drops Cedarwood
Bright & Fresh: 6 drops Peppermint, 6 drops Wild Orange
Kids: 12-15 drops Citrus Bliss
Baby’s Bath: 6 drops Lavender
- Measure 2/3 cup distilled water, and pour it into the soap dispenser.
- Add 1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerine and 1/3 cup castile soap.
- If you're using essential oils, add 15 drops. You can use a single oil or a combination of oils.
- Put the top on the dispenser and gently swirl the ingredients together.