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DIY Foaming Hand Soap

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DIY Foaming Hand Soap

Ok, so if you’re nervous about making your own skin care or cleaning products then this is the place to start.  A DIY foaming hand soap could not be easier! It takes not even 5 minutes!   It’s actually my dad’s favorite product of all that I’ve made so I don’t know whether to be concerned or just take the compliment!  The hardest part about this recipe is finding a foaming container!

So, before we get started I should talk a bit about why you should make your own hand soap.  As usual, here is another product that is not good for you.  Antibacterial soap is full of chemicals.  Namely, triclosan. 

The Dangers of Triclosan

Triclosan’s list of side effects are a mile long.  Several that stand out are that it is a hormone disruptor and causes damage to liver function. It is linked to allergies, eczema and asthma. 

In a review article published in 2017 it was reported that triclosan has been associated with cancer development and decreased cardiovascular function in mice.

Studies have shown that antibacterial hand soaps are ineffective to viruses like the flu and colds

Also, it’s been proven that antibacterial hand soaps leave behind strong bacterias such as MRSA.  There is also a theory that we are setting ourselves up for a Mega Virus that is evolving and becoming immune to antibacterial hand soap.

I say, ditch the chemicals and make your own!

Make Your Own Foaming Hand Soap and Save $$$!

First, the concept of “foaming soap” is deceptive. Did you know the difference between regular soap refills and foaming soap refills is that the foaming soap is LOADED with water. Thanks to the handy dandy foaming soap dispenser, you only need a small amount of soap mixed in water to get a lovely lather! 

That being said, buying foaming soap refills is a total rip off. Making your own could not be more easy or affordable and once you do it, you’ll kick yourself for not doing it sooner!DIY Foaming Hand Soap

DIY Foaming Hand Soap


DIY Foaming Hand Soap


Mix ingredients in foaming soap bottle (find them HERE) and shake.

This recipe is based on a 10 ounce foaming bottle. Clearly the amount of soap does not have to be exact. This is a very forgiving DIY which is nice because it’s very likely a DIY you’ll keep in your back pocket thanks to it being so easy and saving so much money!

DIY Foaming Hand Soap

DIY Foaming Hand Soap

Yield: 10 ounce foaming bottle

Learn how to make this simple, foaming hand soap for every sink in your house. Not only will you save on money, you will save your skin absorbing toxic ingredients as well! This soap makes seconds to make and you can customize the scent easily!


  • 2 TBSP. Castile Soap
  • 20 drops of Essential Oils
  • Top off with water


    Mix ingredients in foaming soap bottle and shake.


This recipe is based on a 10 ounce foaming bottle. Clearly the amount of soap does not have to be exact. This is a very forgiving DIY which is nice because it's very likely a DIY you'll keep in your back pocket thanks to it being so easy and saving so much money!

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Making a DIY foaming hand soap is so simple that I almost feel feel silly making this a whole post! 

And let me make it even more simple-You don’t have to use castile soap-you can us any soap you have. Body wash, dish soap, regular hand soap all work! I prefer castile soap because it’s natural and it is super concentrated so that helps get your hands extra clean but other soap options will work in a pinch. 

I love to add Bergamot and Lemon to my Foaming Hand Wash.  Bergamot is the smell of Earl Grey Tea.  Lemon compliments the smell so well. During cold and flu season, I typically add Germ FighterShield Blend or my DIY Thieves Blend recipe.
You could also just get Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap in any smell you like and leave out the essential oils! 
I just bought the Almond scented Dr. Bronner’s castile soap for my foaming hand soap and it smells amazing with lemon essential oil!  Get Creative!  So simple and chemical free!!!

xx, Jenni


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Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the green beauty blog, Jenni Raincloud and her natural skin care line, J. Raincloud Organics. Jennifer has been blogging full time for 9 years and loves to gain and share knowledge on how to achieve beautiful skin the natural way.

39 thoughts on “DIY Foaming Hand Soap”

  1. The oil is mainly to keep the pump working smoothly but I would think if you shake before use it will moisturize your hands a bit! I used Dr. Bronner’s Almond Castile soap and didn’t add essential oils this time. It turned out to have the perfect amount of smell! Thanks for visiting Lea!

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      2. Just found you yesterday. Love everything I am seeing! How long will this foaming soap keep? Would it need a preservative for long term keeping?

        1. Arlene-I’m not too sure how long it will keep-I’ve used mine for 3 mos. at a time with no signs of it going bad. That being said, water is always a great place for bacteria to form. The essential oils added can help keep the bacteria at bay though. I personally hate using preservatives but one would for sure keep your soap fresh for long periods of time. This is just so easy to make, if I were you, I would make a new batch each time you go through a 4-6 ounce pumper.

      3. I love your site. I’m really in to making natural products whenever I can but I am new to it and not all that familiar with some of the ingredients. I just made one of your body soaps and it turned out quite liquidy. I put in 1/4 tsp quar gum as the recipe called for. I prefer a thicker liquid soap. How much quar gum can I add? The recipe has almost 5 cups of liquid in it. Thank you.

        1. Diane-Unfortunately without chemicals, most diy soaps are pretty watery. Guar gum is very helpful though and I have found that by blending for a longer time seems to help thicken up a mixture. I add my castile soap after I’ve blended btw. I would add about 1 tsp. of guar gum per 2 cups of liquid to get it thicker. I would blend for 40 seconds to 1 minute then add your castile in once it’s thickened. Hope this helps!

          1. Hi! I recently made my own foaming hand soap but the ratios were much different than yours…the recipes I found said to fill your dispenser up with water to about an inch from the top, 2 tbsp Castile soap, 1/2-1 tsp liquid coconut oil then essential oils. I’m a little confused as why there may be such a big difference and curious to hear your thoughts! Thank you!

          2. I love making my own foaming soap with Dr. Bronners. The Bronners I bought was a big one from Costco for $10 it’s lasted me a really long time but it’s the peppermint one so making a different scent is difficult. I do the lazy method, squeeze a few squirts of the soap and fill with water, then call it good. If I’m really feeling ambitious I’ll add some glycerin to it. I like the idea of adding the oil though, our pump is always sticking. Also a cheap way to get a foaming bottle would be to go to the dollar store and pick one up from there, dump the contents and clean the bottle. 😊

          3. I made this the other day- fist time natural soap making for me! Mine sits, and the olive oil goes to the top and doesn’t look very appealing. Did I do something wrong? Or will it just not mix? When I shake it, it’s more cloudy than your picture. Any advice? Thanks!

            1. Jackie-It’s probably just the difference in castile soap. Some are clear and some are more cloudy. The oil is going to sit on the top since it won’t mix with water. Occasionally I would shake it because the oil is only there for keeping the pump lubricated.

          4. Has anyone had this soap leave large water spots on the sink? Like from the water beading up instead of running toward the drain. Maybe the olive oil?

          5. Are there any recipes with honey as an ingredient? I thought I had, but can’t find it. Love your ideas, and recipes. Going to make more with Bergamot and lemon, mmmmmm.

            1. Kathy-I don’t typically add honey to any of my recipes because when honey is added, you need to preserve the product. Bergamot and Lemon is so good! Bergamot and Lavender is my go-to fore everything.


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            1. Cheryl-The olive oil is for the pump mechanism. If you don’t have issues with your pump, you can leave it out. However, I don’t feel that it leaves my hands greasy because the soap cuts it.

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          10. Hello Jenni!
            I want to make this recipe but I’m confused. The comments talk about oil in the recipe to keep the pump lubricated, but there isn’t any oil in the ingredients list?
            Thank you,

            1. Sandi-I originally used oil in my recipes but it’s been years and I make this recipe every few months for every bathroom in my house. I don’t have issues with the pump sticking. If you do end up having some pump issues, you can always add a teaspoon of olive oil. Hope this clears up the confusion!

          11. I’ve been making my own foaming soap for a few years using Dr. Bronners Castile soap. Their site suggests adding the soap last so you don’t get a whole bunch of foam. Vegetable glycerin doesn’t seem to separate like oil does….I use about a tsp.

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