Remember when you’d walk into the store, and there was just a small handful of options for each product?
Big or small. Long or short. White or wheat.
If you needed to get some soap from the grocery store, it all boiled down to the green bar or the blue bar. That was it. But nowadays, we have so many options, it’s enough to make your head spin!
Bar soap. Liquid soap. Face soap. Bath soap. Soaps for babies and soaps for pets. So. Much. Soap.
And now we have a new kid on the block: foaming soap.
I’ve always been intrigued by this seemingly magical soap that looks like a clear liquid, but then comes out of the pump in massive, white billowy bubbles. How the heck do they do that?! But most of the foaming soaps on the market contain harmful chemicals, so I had a hard time finding a non-toxic foaming hand soap that I could buy.
When I started doing a little research on foaming hand soap, I learned something crazy!
Those little foaming soap dispensers you see at the store? They’re actually filled with mostly water and just a little bit of soap. It’s actually the dispenser that does all the work! So these companies are charging full price for a dispenser of soap that’s about 80% water!
Well, you know what that means, right?
I just had to try making my own! I had an old foaming soap dispenser that I snatched from my mom a while back, so I grabbed it and got to work.
I also found these cute foaming soap dispensers on Amazon in lots of fun colors!
Non-Toxic Foaming Hand Soap Recipe
The ingredients are pretty simple, and most of them are optional:
- Distilled or purified water
- Castile soap – I like using Dr. Bronner’s in lavender or peppermint
That’s the bare minimum that you need to make this soap – just two ingredients.
But if you want to add your own scents, make an anti-bacterial version, or need a little more moisturizing action, here’s what you can add:
- Essential oils – lavender gives a nice, light scent, and tea tree oil has anti-bacterial properties
- Sweet almond oil or Vitamin E oil are moisturizing – if you have vitamin E capsules, you can just break open a couple of those and add that in, or some have even used olive oil or vegetable glycerin.
So here’s what you do
Fill up the foaming pump bottle about 3/4 with distilled or purified water. Then fill it almost to the top with the castile soap.
Make sure to leave some space at the top for the pump to fit inside, otherwise it will overflow.
I eyeballed the amount of soap, but I’d say it was about a few tablespoons.
Lastly, you can add your essential oils and moisturizing oils for a special touch.
Full Disclosure: I don’t even bother with the essential oils or the moisturizing oils. I just use the lavender castile soap, which gives enough scent for me.
Once you’e added everything, give it a good shake to combine the soap and oils with the water and that’s it – you’re good to go!
Test out your pump and you should have nice, thick, non-toxic foaming hand soap for a fraction of the price of the store bought version – and without the harmful chemicals!
Do you use foaming soap? Have you ever made your own?
- 4 parts distilled, purified, or filtered water
- 1 part castile soap, or your favorite natural soap
- 5-8 drops essential oil (optional; I like lavender and tea tree)
- 1/2 teaspoon moisturizing oil, optional (vitamin E, almond oil, or vegetable glycerin)
- Empty, clean foaming soap dispenser
- Fill your soap dispenser about 4/5 full with water.
- Add castile soap to fill the rest of the bottle, leaving some room at the top for the pump to fit.
- Add essential oils and moisturizing oil, if using.
- Cover dispenser with pump and shake well to combine the oils and soap with the water.
- For an 8 oz dispenser, you will use just over 6 oz of water and just over 1 oz of soap. The measurements really don't have to be exact at all, but use this as a guideline.
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