This DIY Foaming Hand Soap recipe is a homemade, non-toxic alternative to keep those messy hands clean. It’s so easy to make and just a few ingredients. You can easily make bottles of this homemade hand soap for pennies compared to store-bought soaps.
Before this DIY Foaming Hand Soap, I used to buy these so-called natural hand soaps from the store thinking I was helping my family. But once I started reading the labels I found that many of the ingredients in hand soaps were loaded with toxic chemicals… even the “natural” ones.
And the hand soaps that were clean and organic often cost $5-10 for a 8-10 oz bottle. That’s $30 easily a month to make hand soaps for all 3 of my bathrooms. Add that up over a year and that’s $360.
Homemade Hand Soap vs. Store Bought
Here’s the thing… you can easily make own DIY Foaming Hand Soap for way less money and with just a few simple ingredients. And when I mean way less, I mean like pennies compared to those $5-10 bottles. You could easily make one bottle for like $1 a bottle. So for 3 bottles that’s $3 a month… and $36 a year.
Um, compare $36 vs. $360 a year. Which would you rather pay?
And the DIY version that’s $36 a year contains all-natural ingredients that you can feel safe about using for your whole family. It really effective on dirty hands, yet it’s gentle and safe – even for little ones.
About the Ingredients
- Liquid castile soap is a coconut-based soap that is non-toxic and non-irritating to the skin. It’s gentle enough to use on baby’s skin, yet great for cleaning skin naturally.
- Witch hazel helps to keep the water in this hand soap purified so it’ll last about a month.
- Aloe vera gel is a natural moisturizer and helps to soothe the skin. It works well to disperse essential oils too.
- Essential oils are used as a natural fragrance and help to soothe and moisturize the skin.
- Foaming soap bottle like this 10 oz. bottle.
How to Make This DIY Foaming Hand Soap – Step by Step
1. Gather the ingredients together.
2. In a soap dispensing bottle, add water, castile soap, essential oils and aloe vera gel.
3. Replace lid securely and shake vigorously for a few seconds.
An Easy DIY Foaming Hand Soap
This recipe is so easy to make. It literally takes like 2 minutes to make and BOOM! You’re done.
It’s a cheaper alternative to natural store-bought brands, and you can change up the essential oils in this recipe to customize your scent and create seasonal blends For instance, I like Lavender in the spring because it reminds me of spring flowers. In the winter, try Thieves and Orange essential oils for a pumpkin spice scent.
For this recipe, I used Lemongrass because it smells so refreshing and clean.
Top Tips for This DIY Hand Soap
- A 10 oz soap container is a good size.
- If you don’t have Lemongrass essential oil, try Thieves, Tea Tree, Lemon or Lavender essential oils.
- This DIY Foaming Hand Soap will keep for about 3-4 weeks as the witch hazel helps to keep the water sanitized.
- Help children stay healthy by encouraging them to wash their hands frequently. Wash your hands with your child to show him or her how it’s done. To prevent rushing, suggest washing hands for as long as it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice!
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More DIY Recipes
- Homemade Natural Household Cleaner
- DIY Natural Disinfectant Spray (Homemade Lysol)
- DIY Reusable Cleaning Wipes
- Homemade Poo Pourri: After You Poo Spray
DIY Pumpkin Spice Foaming Hand Soap
- 1/3 cup liquid castile soap
- 1 tsp aloe vera gel
- 1 tbsp witch hazel
- 6 drops Orange Essential Oil
- 4 drops Cinnamon Essential Oil
- 1 cup water
- 1 foaming soap container 10 oz size is perfect
- In a soap dispensing bottle, add water, castile soap, essential oils and aloe vera gel.
- Replace lid securely and shake vigorously for a few seconds.
- This DIY Foaming Hand Soap will keep for about 3-4 weeks as the witch hazel I’d
- recommend giving your soap dispenser a shake every now and then. This will avoid the ingredients separating and maximize effectiveness.
- While I prefer a foaming hand soap container, you can also use an ordinary hand soap bottle. The recipe won’t need to change.
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Carmen C Pearson says
I started using Castile’s Baby Soap a few years ago. I used it for regular hand washing and also tried making wet wipes for personal hygiene, I was a little concerned because I did not have a recipe. Do you have one?
I was pleased, I am the only one in household that uses it regularly. I had a bottle that was half full. I had it awhile and I was concerned if it may be contaminated . I tried looking for the expiration date. I could not find it. How long can it be kept? . I may have just overlooked it.
Can you tell me if it has an expiration date?
While I have you now, how long should make-up be used? I saw a television show, (The Doctors), They said you can send your old make-up to some companies and they will pay you for it and it is recycled and perfectly usable.
Got any ideas?
Looking forward to become one of your followers,
Tracey Black says
I do have a wipes recipe here: https://dontmesswithmama.com/how-to-make-homemade-baby-wipes. For this recipe and the hand soap, ideally you do want to use within 2-3 weeks. They are not meant to have a long shelf life so it’s better to make smaller batches. Hope that helps.
Do you have a recipe for liquid hand soap instead of foaming? Or can I make the same recipe and use a regular pump?
Tracey Black says
This recipe is too watery for a liquid hand soap. I would do a 2:1 (castile soap to water) mixture and add essential oils to that. Give it a try and tell me how it goes.
Ann Gloria says
This post is great! I was made and currently using a chamomile foaming soap but am excited to try this one, after finish my last soap. Thanks so much 🙂
How much water??
Tracey Black says
I do about 1/4 to 1/3 of the container with castile soap and fill the rest with water – and then add essential oils.