DIY Foaming Hand Soap

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.  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 asthama.  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.   So, I say, ditch the chemicals and make your own!

DIY Foaming Hand Wash

DIY Foaming Hand Soap

1/3 cup Castile Soap (find it HERE)

2/3 cup of water

1 tsp. Olive Oil (this helps keep your pump from sticking!)

20 drops of Essential Oils (Find them HERE)

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

That’s it!!  It’s simple.

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.  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 and it’s awesome!  Get Creative!  So simple and chemical free!!!
Mountain Rose Herbs Essential Oils

xx, Jenni


DIY Foaming Hand Soap

Jennifer Phillips
Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the natural skin care blog, Jenni Raincloud.

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  1. September 9, 2013 / 8:26 pm

    This is great. I make a foaming one with just water and Dr Bronner’s. Love the idea of adding olive oil.

  2. September 9, 2013 / 9:05 pm

    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!

  3. November 23, 2013 / 5:47 am

    Could this work with coconut oil? I may have some EVOO somewhere -_-

    • November 23, 2013 / 1:30 pm

      Hi Leda! Yes, I think you could-my only concern with coconut oil is that it would solidify. Really the main reason for the oil is to save the pump on your foaming container. Thanks for coming!

      • Janelle
        February 23, 2019 / 4:07 pm

        Could you use fractionated coconut oil so it wouldn’t solidify?

        • Jenni
          March 4, 2019 / 12:01 pm

          Janelle-You could!

  4. Arlene
    December 18, 2014 / 3:25 pm

    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?

    • December 26, 2014 / 6:36 pm

      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.

  5. Diane
    January 27, 2015 / 1:51 pm

    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.

    • January 28, 2015 / 10:24 am

      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!

      • Diane
        January 29, 2015 / 2:05 pm

        I increased the guar gum to 2 tsp and then and then beat it for about one minute. It did the trick! Thank you.

    • Jenni
      November 6, 2016 / 6:37 am

      Michelle-It’s Rosemary! Unfortunately it didn’t stay green for long!

  6. Julie Cook
    March 14, 2017 / 6:33 am

    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!

    • Jenni
      March 25, 2017 / 4:46 pm

      Julie-I guess it’s just a difference in recipes. I share what works for me. I don’t think my recipe is that much different. Hope this helps!

  7. April 24, 2017 / 11:10 am

    This is ADORABLE!!! I absolutely love it – and so easy to make! It would make a perfect addition to a gift! Thanks for sharing <3

  8. Roxy
    August 25, 2017 / 7:10 pm

    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. 😊

    • Jenni
      September 6, 2017 / 10:26 am

      Roxy-I like the lazy method! If it works for you, keep on! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Jackie
    September 23, 2018 / 7:48 pm

    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!

    • Jenni
      October 6, 2018 / 4:25 pm

      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.

    • Edith
      September 30, 2019 / 12:59 pm

      The same ! 🙁

  10. Leasa
    April 19, 2019 / 9:01 pm

    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?

  11. Kathy Bennett
    June 7, 2019 / 1:13 pm

    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.

    • Jenni
      June 10, 2019 / 6:11 pm

      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.

  12. September 22, 2019 / 8:43 pm

    I’ve done this without the olive oil. Does it leave a residue on your hands

    • Jenni
      September 23, 2019 / 7:40 pm

      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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