Foaming Hand Soap - Recipes

| Modified on Dec 29, 2013

Homemade foaming hand soap, made from natural ingredients found at your local health food store or online, take about a minute to make and costs less than most chemically-laden foaming soap products on the market. With concerns over the antibacterial ingredients in foaming hand soaps like triclosan, a known pesticide, and other chemicals like SLS/SLES, dyes, phosphates, formaldehyde and petrochemicals, many parents are turning to DIY recipes for soaps.

Below is a simple foaming hand soap recipe, which is non-toxic, pH-balanced, biodegradable and hydrating to your skin. The foam makes it easier to lather and to rinse.


Purified Water - Distilled if possible
Liquid Castille Soap - 2 Tablespoons
Olive or Almond Oil - 1/2 Teaspoon

Optional: Essential Oil of your choice (like Lavender, Tea Tree or Rose etc)  - 1 or 2 Drops
Optional: Vitamin E Oil - 1 Capsule

Fill an empty soap dispenser 3/4 of the way to the top with purified water. Add 2 Tablespoons of Castille Soap, then Olive or Almond oil. You can add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil for scent, but this is optional and not recommended for those with skin allergies like dermatitis and eczema. You can also add a vitamin E capsule to the mixture if you like. Close the lid and shake gently to mix the ingredients. Voila! Start using your instant foaming soap.

Mama to Many's Recipe

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Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee, Usa) on 12/27/2013

Since I do not like to use products with triclosan, and I like to make my own stuff, anyway, here is how I make foaming hand soap.

First I buy a foaming hand soap from the store. If I can find one with no triclosan, I use it, then refill it with home made. If I have to use one with triclosan, I dump that out. (Not sure where...down the sink and it can end up in the water supply...same with on the ground...) When I need to refill the bottle, I refill it with a combination of liquid soap and water. You only need about 1/6th of it to be liquid soap. You can play around to find the exact spot on your bottle to fill with soap and then add water. For our dispensers, we fill it about 3/4 inch with liquid soap. I like Dr. Woods Almond Castille Soap for this. I have also used shampoo (without SLS) for this. You can add a few drops of essential oil of your choice to make it smell yummy. My daughters like to try different things. Adding lemongrass oil to the almond soap made a visitor think we had a pear flavored soap. Yum!

This is cheaper, safe, and more fun than store bought varieties!


~Mama to Many~