This past weekend, I used three simple ingredients to make my own non-toxic foaming hand wash. It is the perfect consistency, smell, and price! Read on to find out:
- why regular hand soap is unsafe
- what supplies you’ll need to make your own non-toxic foaming hand soap
- how to make non-toxic foaming hand soap in about 5 minutes
- and how much money I saved!
What Makes Regular Hand Soap Unsafe?
From commons allergens and skin irritants to chemicals that are known to cause brain damage in rats, most soap on store shelves is full of ingredients that can be both harmful to our bodies and our environment. Parenting Tips 365 has a thorough blog post here that explains the most important hand soap ingredients to avoid and why.
The great thing about my non-toxic foaming hand soap “recipe” below is that you don’t have to worry about exposing you and your family to any of the unsafe chemicals in store-bought soaps ever again!
Supplies You’ll Need To Make Your Own Hand Soap
You’ll need three simple ingredients (only 2 if you don’t want scented soap) plus foaming soap dispensers.
The supplies I recommend using are an upfront investment but will save you money in the long run, as you’ll see at the end of this post.
1 – Distilled or purified water – About $1/gallon at Walmart in bottled water aisle. This kind of water has had many of it’s impurities removed.
2 – Dr. Bronner – Castille Soap Baby Mild Unscented, 1 Gallon liquid – I bought the unscented, mild formula since I figured it is the gentlest on our skin, and we are using it on our kids in the tub. Check out how simple and recognizable the ingredient list is: Water, Saponified Organic Coconut & Olive oils (w/ retained Glycerin), Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Citric Acid, Vitamin E. The cheapest I found it is in bulk from Amazon for $53 (and includes free shipping).
Update on 7/24/12: I just ordered these two kinds of Dr. Bronner’s castile soap below. The fragrances are probably more suitable for the wintertime, but I’m guessing that’s why they are so cheap right now. Even with paying for shipping, they are much cheaper than the other fragrances of this fantastic, multi-use safe soap.
Dr. Bronner – Castile Soap Eucalyptus, 1 Gallon liquid – $41.20 for 1 gallon
Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Soap 64 oz – $19.99 for a 1/2 gallon
3 – Optional: Tea tree oil (or your favorite essential oil) – Tea tree oil not only adds a fresh, clean scent, but it also lends natural anti-bacterial qualities to the soap. The best value by far is the Vitacost 100% tea tree oil (4 fl oz) from Vitacost. I have looked all over for a better price and have yet to find one. Free shipping if you order $49 or more. You can also earn $10 off your first purchase if you use my referral code (and I earn $10 on my next order, so thanks!).
4 – Foaming Soap Dispensers – I just used empty ones I had previously purchased.
5 – Optional: A funnel – You don’t have to have one, but it helps cut down on potential mess.
How to Make Non-Toxic Foaming Hand Soap
Step 1: Pour enough castile soap in bottle to fill it about 1/5 of the way full. For a 9 oz bottle, I put in roughly 2 fl oz. I just eye-balled it.
Step 2: Fill the rest of the bottle to the fill line or almost to the top with the water.
Step 3: Add 1-2 drops of tea tree oil (or your favorite essential oil). Don’t go too crazy, though, since it has a strong scent. Note: If you have sensitive skin, you may want to skip this step.
Step 4: Screw on the lid and give a little shake.
Step 5: Wash hands and enjoy the fresh smell and feel of clean hands!
How Much Money Did I Save on My Foaming Hand Soap?
Here are my finished products–six dispensers with a total of 73 fl oz of foaming hand soap–that took about five minutes to make. Want to see how much money I saved?
Here’s the cost of the original safe store-bought soaps:
Johnson’s Baby Natural Wash (9 oz): $4.49 x 2 = $8.98
Johnson’s Baby Natural Head-to-toe Wash (18 oz): $7.79 x 2 = $15.58
Clean & Well All Natural Antibacterial Foaming Hand Soap (9.5 oz): $4.33 each x 2 = $8.66
Store-Bought Safe Soap Total = $33.22 ($.46/fl oz)
Here’s the cost of my homemade non-toxic foaming hand wash in the same containers:
9 oz containers: $.90 x 2 = $1.80
18 oz containers: $1.55 x 2 = $3.10
9.5 oz containers: $90 x 2 = $1.80
Homemade Non-Toxic Soap Total = $6.70 ($.09/fl oz)
TOTAL SAVINGS BY MAKING MY OWN = $26.52!!!!!!
Like this DIY all-natural household product? Try another thrifty, non-toxic solution that’s worked for us!
Make Your Own Non-Toxic Foaming Hand Soap – Incredibly easy and cheap!
DIY All-Natural Carpet Cleaner – This removes the oldest and most disgusting of stains with 3 simple ingredients.
Homemade Laundry Detergent – This will save you tons of money and leave your clothes clean without harmful chemicals.
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