Homemade Foaming Hand Soap

by Merissa on May 9, 2013

in Make Your Own

Homemade Foaming Hand Soap

Homemade Foaming Hand Soap

You know what really excites me? Adding another item to my "I don't ever have to buy this again" list. One of my favorite things to NOT buy is foaming hand soap. It's been over 2 years since I've bought foaming hand soap, and I don't ever plan on buying it in the future.

It is so easy to make your own homemade foaming hand soap that once you start you'll wonder why you ever bought it!

Since I'm all about simplicity, my favorite recipe for a homemade foaming hand soap only calls for 2 ingredients: castile soap and water. This makes a perfect, basic, all-purpose soap for everyday use.

There are a few different additives you can use, depending on your needs, but the basic recipe is just 2  simple ingredients.

Homemade Foaming Hand Soap

Here is what to do:

In a reusable foaming pump, add 1 part castile soap to 3 parts water. Shake well, and use immediately.

Can you believe how easy that was?? And I love the convenience of never running out of hand soap -- I just reach under my sink, squirt some castile soap in the dispenser, add water, and I'm good to go!

If you want to get fancy, you can add 5-10 drops of any of these essential oils:

  • Tea Tree Oil - for disinfecting
  • Orange Oil or Lemon Oil- for an uplifting scent (perfect for the kitchen)
  • Lavender Oil - for a relaxing scent

For a more moisturizing soap, you can add 1-2 tbsp of melted glycerine soap to your pump. It will give the finished homemade foaming hand soap a smoother feel. This is perfect if you wash your hands constantly.

You can gift this too! One of my favorite housewarming gifts to give is a basket of homemade household cleaners. I like to include a reusable foam pump filled with my homemade hand soap along with the recipe.

You could also make regular Homemade Hand Soap if Homemade Foaming Hand Soap isn't your thing!

Looking for other DIY projects?

Have you ever made homemade foaming hand soap?


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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 michituckygirl May 9, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Do a Google search for Empty Hand Soap Bottles, and you’ll find companies online that sell them with the foaming dispenser for less than $2 each. The upside to this is the gift giving ideas and you would never have to use manufactured soap in the first place to get the used bottle.


2 Tabitha May 9, 2013 at 8:02 pm

Thanks for the glycerine tip. I was up a lot after diaper changes and it is really drying.


3 susan June 3, 2013 at 1:30 pm

I’m looking to add a liquid natural ingredient soap to my product line. Any suggestions on a natural preservative for this soap? Need to have one since this is water based…?


4 Caroline June 5, 2013 at 10:03 am

Vitamin E Oil (chemically known as Tocopherol and used by many all natural companies) is a great way to preserve your homemade products.


5 Ashleigh December 7, 2013 at 9:12 am

Thanks for the suggestion on vitamin E to preserve homemade products… can you recommend the amount needed for a recipe like this?

Does anyone know how long the original recipe lasts for? How do you know if it’s gone bad?

Then you!


6 essayswriters.org/buy June 24, 2013 at 7:09 am

I haven’t ever tried foaming soap before, but it sounds like something my kids would enjoy having. I never really understood how they made the soap foam, but being mostly water and a little concentrated soap makes sense!


7 Angela July 7, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Do you have a recipe for a regular liquid handsoap??


8 Merissa July 7, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Not posted yet but we do have these 2 recipes posted if they help you in any way! Homemade Hand Soap and Homemade Bath Soap


9 Angela July 8, 2013 at 10:13 pm

Ok! Thanks!


10 Dana July 27, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Hello LHL! Thank you for this info!
I just purchased some organic liquid hand soap and my hands are SO DRY I can’t bare it. I have several bottles as it was a great sale running. Now I’m wondering what can I add to these soaps to actually make them more moisturizing? When I say drying I mean even using lotion post washing is still leaving my hands PARCHED. I am thinking an oil (like olive or ?) or as I’ve read add in more glycerin, but usually glycerin soaps are harsh for me too.
Any suggestions?


11 Merissa July 27, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Maybe something like almond oil would work?


12 Heather January 26, 2014 at 1:35 pm

This is exactly what I use for hand soap, body soap, and shampoo. That Castile soap is amazing!


13 barb January 26, 2014 at 1:58 pm

I have a Gojo automatic dispenser for my disabled daughter. The soap refills are $25! Would this work in there? I’ ve seen recipes for 1-to-5. That’s if I can even open the flimsy refill package. I think they purposely do that so you can’ t reuse them.


14 Merissa January 26, 2014 at 4:47 pm

I’m not sure, I’m not sure how the Gojo works, but with that price for refills it’s probably worth a try!


15 Regina April 12, 2014 at 4:38 am

Can the glycerine, castile and oils mentioned be purchsed at Target/Wal-Mart?


16 Lisa April 12, 2014 at 1:16 pm

This says to use immediately. Does that mean that you have to make it every time you wash your hands? If not how long does it last? Thank you!


17 Merissa April 12, 2014 at 5:56 pm

No, it just means that you can use it right away, no need make it each time you need to wash your hands.


18 Glenda Deal May 22, 2014 at 2:14 pm

What is Castile soap? Where do you purchase it?


19 Merissa May 22, 2014 at 4:44 pm

Castile soap is made from either pure olive oil or coconut oil. I purchase mine at the health foods store. You can also buy it online like from Amazon here.


20 Bridgett July 12, 2014 at 8:45 pm

If I add glycerin will it harden at room temperature? It sounds like it does which seems like something you wouldn’t wanting for foaming hand soap.


21 Merissa July 13, 2014 at 11:39 am

Not if you add a liquid food grade glycerin. I’ve never added it in this recipe though so I’m not sure how it would turn out.


22 daniel February 9, 2015 at 5:21 am

I can’t get Castile for now but my major challenge is that my homemade liquid soap I’d not foaming. what chemical can I use to boost the foaming?


23 Merissa February 9, 2015 at 6:53 am

The foaming is really all about the container used. I paid about $10 for a nice foaming soap dispenser on Amazon that we can refill over and over.


24 Gloria January 9, 2016 at 9:13 pm

Hi! I love how simple your recipe is! What is the measurement when you say one part Castile soap and 3 parts water?


25 Merissa January 10, 2016 at 12:04 pm

It depends on how big your container is but for example if you use 1/4 cup of castile soap you’d use 3/4 cup of water.


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