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DIY Foaming Hand Soap: Easy To Make Hand Soap Recipe

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Foaming Hand Soap Castile Recipe

DIY foaming hand soap with lavender – Making your hand soap is straightforward. Also, most of the ingredients are probably in your possession, and you can easily make foaming hand soap with just a few ingredients.

In addition, you can use an empty foaming hand soap dispenser that you have previously used. You can customize this recipe by adding your favorite essential oils to make it your own.

Moreover, the options are endless for making your hand or body soap!   Finally, you can re-purpose foaming hand soap dispensers, bottles, and other objects you have lying around, and it helps the environment.

This soap is nontoxic and very inexpensive to make.  Castile soap is versatile and can be used in DIY body, cleaning spray, and other homemade products.

Related:  The Best Nontoxic Cookware MadeIn Review

How Does DIY Foaming Hand Soap Foam?

Foaming soap foams because the dispenser adds air to the soap as you push down on the soap pump. If you observe your soap dispenser, you will notice a couple of chambers. The smaller chamber forces air into the soap as you pump it causing it to foam.

DIY Foaming Hand Soap

Is Foaming Soap Better Than Regular Soap?

Aside from being light and fluffy, hand soap dispenser soap is better in several ways than regular liquid soap. How is better to keep reading to find out how it is better and how easy it is to make a batch of foaming soap.

Remember back in the day when you'd walk into the store and down the soap aisle, and there were just a small handful of options for each product?  Big or small; Long or short; White or wheat; and no liquid soap option.

It all boiled down to the basic green or blue bar if you needed to buy soap, and that was it. But nowadays, there are so many options it can get overwhelming!

For example,

  • Bar soap;
  • Liquid soap;
  • Face soap; and
  • Bath soap.

There are options for soaps for babies and soaps for pets. So many soaps can be overwhelming.  As a fun project you can make soap with your kids.

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A Closer Look At The Best DIY Foaming Hand Soap

And now, to further complicate things, we have a new kid on the block, the infamous foaming soap.

I've always been fascinated by this seemingly magical soap that looks like a colored liquid or clear liquid, but when it is dispensed out of the pump in massive, billowy bubbles. How the heck did that happen, it's magic?!

Unfortunately, most of the foaming soaps on the shelf market contain harmful chemicals such as harsh detergents, artificial fragrances, and preservatives, so I had a difficult time finding a non-toxic foaming hand soap that I was willing to buy.

Food for thought, did you know that artificial fragrances are known as “the new secondhand smoke “? (read more)

When I got interested in buying all-natural and nontoxic home goods, bath and body, I started doing a little research on what exactly was in foaming hand soap, which surprised me.

What Is In-Store Bought Foaming Soap?

These soap companies charge a total price for a dispenser of approximately 80% water, and consumers are overpaying!

I decided to take the plunge and make my homemade foaming hand soap recipe. And to my surprise, you know what? Making homemade foaming soap is seriously the most effortless homemade anything you'll ever make – seriously, I promise! It's even easier than my other favorite simple recipe for toxic-free deodorant.

Simple Bar Soap Recipe

 I also like to make bar soaps with melt-and-pour bases.  It is time-consuming, but a batch will last for months, and you can customize the scent and the ingredients you put into them.  This is a great option if you have sensitive skin, eczema, or other skin issues.  This is an extremely simple beginner's soap recipe you can start with.

My Suggestion is Ditch the Harmful Chemicals Once & For All! Make your own essential oil cleaning spray.

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The Best Homemade Foaming Hand Soap Recipe

The ingredients are simple; are you ready for this?:

  • Distilled or purified water can be found at your local grocery stores. Otherwise, for a free option – boiled water that has cooled is fine.
  • Castile soap – I like using Dr. Bronner's in lavender, citrus, and plain if you add essential oils.

That's the minimum you need to make this non-toxic foaming hand soap – just two essential ingredients.

You'll also need a foaming soap dispenser bottle. But if you have old ones, you can rinse them, reuse them, and be sustainable.  Or you can order a set of 4 bottles for a low price from this link; you can reuse them when you make a new foaming soap batch.

Foaming Hand Soap Dispenser Glass

  DIY foaming hand soap recipe

This is my favorite part, and you can customize the scent of your foaming soap by adding essential oils, make an anti-bacterial version, or need a little more moisturizing action; here's what you can add:

  • Essential oils – I get my oils from Doterra or Plant Therapy. Lavender, peppermint, and citrus oils give a pleasant scent and can be very refreshing.
  • On the other hand, Tea Tree Oil, also known as Melaleuca, has strong anti-bacterial properties.
  • Add anywhere from 7-10 drops of essential oils; you can blend oils like lavender and lemon. The possibilities are endless.
  • Sweet almond oil and Vitamin E oil are moisturizing – if you have vitamin E capsules, you can break open a couple of those and add that in, and you can use almond oil or fractionated coconut oil.
  • Glycerin helps moisturize and helps thicken the mixture a bit.

NOTE: Since oil and water don't mix, you will have to shake the bottle before you use it to get everything incorporated again.

  • It is more economical because you use less soap from a foaming dispenser that lasts longer than other soaps.  When you buy foaming soap from the store, you buy mostly water because the amount of soap is much less than water.
  • Foaming soap is environmentally friendly because you use less water to lather it. 
  • You use less hand soap with each hand wash which means it lasts longer. Plus, there is less packing because you can reuse your foaming soap dispensers.

How To Make DIY Foaming Hand Soap Recipe

  • 2 tablespoons unscented liquid castile soap (BUY HERE)
  • Repurposed Foaming Soap Dispenser or (BUY HERE)
  • 1 tablespoon Sweet Almond Oil (BUY HERE)
  • 10 drops of favorite essential oil (7 drops of Lavender & 3 drops of Melaleuca) (BUY HERE)
  • 1 teaspoon of Glycerin
  • 2 Capsules of Vitamin E or 1/2 teaspoon of liquid Vitamin E
  • Distilled Water, spring water, or boiled water – cold
  1. Slowly add water into a bottle, leaving room for the almond oil and castile soap foaming pump.
  2. Pour castile soap and Almond Oil into the bottle.
  3. Add you're essential oils, vitamin E, and glycerin
  4. Insert the lid, and shake
  5. When ready to use it, pump one to two times into your hands and wash with warm water.

Tip:  If you don't have distilled water on hand.  Make your own:  (saves you money and helps the environment)

1)  Bring the clear water to a rolling boil for 3 minutes.
2) Let the boiled water cool.
3) Store the boiled water in a clean, sanitized container with tight covers.

***Buy organic or natural products whenever you can.

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