See how quick and easy it is to whip up a batch of non-toxic foaming hand soap – and without the harmful chemicals in conventional soaps.
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 soap, it all boiled down to the green bar or the blue bar. That was it. But nowadays, we have so many options, it can get a bit overwhelming!
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 like artificial fragrances and preservatives, so I had a hard time finding a non-toxic foaming hand soap that I could buy.
Did you know that artificial fragrances are now known as “the new secondhand smoke“? (read more)
When I started doing a little research on foaming hand soap, I learned something pretty 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. And you know what? This is seriously the easiest homemade anything you’ll ever make – promise! It’s even easier than my other favourite simple recipe for non-toxic deodorant.
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Non-Toxic Foaming Hand Soap Recipe
The ingredients are pretty simple, and most of them are optional:
- Distilled water or purified water – you can find this at most grocery stores.
- Castile soap – I like using Dr. Bronner’s in lavender or peppermint. You can also use regular hand soap, but if it’s a thicker soap, it might need to be diluted a bit more (not sure).
That’s the bare minimum that you need to make this non-toxic foaming hand soap – just two ingredients.
Now 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 – I get my oils from NOW or Plant Therapy. Lavender, peppermint, and the citrus oils have give a nice scent and can be very refreshing. Tea tree oil has strong anti-bacterial properties. Add anywhere from 5-7 drops of essential oils.
- 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.
NOTE: Since oil and water don’t mix, you might have to shake the bottle from time to time just to get everything incorporated again.
So here’s what you do:
Fill up the foaming pump bottle about 4/5 of the way up with distilled or purified water. Then fill it almost to the top with the castile soap.
Always add the water first, and then the soap. If you add the soap first, then when you start filling it with water you’ll just make lots of bubbles and throw everything off. Remember to add the water first.
Make sure to leave some space at the top for the pump to fit inside, otherwise it will overflow. Trust me.
I eyeballed the amount of soap, but I’d say it was about a couple tablespoons.
Lastly, you can add your essential oils and moisturizing oils for a special touch.
I don’t even bother with the essential oils or the moisturizing oils anymore. I just use the lavender castile soap, which gives enough scent for me.
Once you’ve 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?
Homemade Foaming Hand Soap
- 4 parts distilled water (distilled is best to prevent impurities, but boiled and cooled would be ok)
- 1 part liquid castile soap (or your favourite natural liquid soap; thinner is better)
- 5-8 drops essential oil (optional; not necessary if using a scented soap
- 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.