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Want to make your own hand soap and save money on it too? We’ve been making and using this homemade Foaming Hand Soap for many years and we love it!
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!
I buy my Castile Soap from Azure. If you don’t have an Azure drop near you, Amazon also has some options. I’ve purchased both the Dr. Bronner’s and the Dr. Jacobs brands of castile soap and both have worked well.
Scented Foaming Hand Soap
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 – for an uplifting scent (perfect for the kitchen)
- Lavender Oil – for a relaxing scent
You can also buy a pre-scented castile soap (such as peppermint) if you want to skip adding the essential oils but you still want a nice scent.
Foaming Soap Options
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!
Essential Oils for Foaming Soap
If you are looking for a wonderful source for oils, I highly recommend Rocky Mountain Oils. After careful consideration of all the companies selling essential oils, I’m happy to share that Rocky Mountain Oils has become my main source of oils for many different reasons. Plus I love that they are more affordable than some of the other major brands and they offer free shipping on all orders!
Looking for other DIY projects?
Find more Uses for Castile Soap here.
Have you ever made homemade foaming hand soap?
This blog post about Homemade Foaming Hand Soap was originally posted on Little House Living in May 2013. It has been updated as of June 2019.