How to Make Your Own Non-Toxic Foaming Hand Soap

make your own foaming hand soapSeriously…why did I wait so long to do this?  For years I’ve either been buying way over-priced safe hand soap or cheap unsafe soap.  Those days are over.

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!

All-Natural DIY Drano – Naturally unclogs your toilet or any drain with only 2 ingredients!

All-Natural DIY Drano

Make Your Own Non-Toxic Foaming Hand Soap – Incredibly easy and cheap!

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DIY All-Natural Carpet Cleaner – This removes the oldest and most disgusting of stains with 3 simple ingredients.

DIY All-Natural Carpet Cleaner

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homemade Laundry Detergent – This will save you tons of money and leave your clothes clean without harmful chemicals.

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Comments

  1. jess says

    I am so trying this. I tried a different recipe on Pinterest and it was a total fail. I am looking forward to redeeming myself with this one:).

  2. Polly says

    Lets us know what you think when you get done with it!

    • Jess says

      As I made my third batch this morning, it occurred to me I’ve never posted about how much I LOVE this stuff!! So easy and great and cost-saving!

  3. Darcie says

    Now I just need to save up some bottles. All of mine are the regular Method ones and I doubt they’ll work. BTW – let me know if you try homemade laundry detergent. I bought the stuff like 6 months ago to make it and haven’t ever pulled the trigger. :(

    • jess says

      Darcie, I’ve been doing it for about 3 years now. Let me know if you have questions!

  4. Jennifer says

    Thanks for including the savings math in your recipe. I’m not naturally crafty, so I need the motivation of saving money to get me going on a new DIY project…and that was a lot of savings! I just liked your Facebook page so I can keep up with your new ideas going forward. :D

  5. This is a great idea! Thanks for linking up to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” We love having you and hope you’ll be back next week! -The Sisters

  6. Jelli says

    I do this at home with Dr. Bronners and everything! I feel great knowing that other people support the foaming soap idea with non-anti-bacterial soaps. Great tutorial with photos. Love it!

  7. Rachel says

    Thanks, Jess. I just refilled mine this morning, too. It’s so much cheaper and better for us, too!

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  10. marg says

    hello, I have a question about the foaming soap. I made a soap recipe very similiar to yoursbut my problem is that it is not foaming and is quite thin. I am using soap dispensers that had store bought foaming soap so am wondering what is wrong, Any help would be appreciated as I am going to be teaching children how to do this next week! Thank you!

    • Rachel says

      Hi Marg,

      I would guess two things, but it’s hard to tell. First, you may just need to add more soap to water ratio. The second thought is that perhaps you have the wrong kind of soap. The castile soap is very concentrated and is different than regular hand soap you buy at the store. I hope that helps.

      Rachel

      • marg says

        Thanks Rachel, I am going to try a different soap pump. I used Dr. Bonner’s soap as we use that anyway. I will keep experimenting! I did try adding glycerine but that didn’t do anything. Thanks for getting back to me so quickly! I don’t mind that it doesn’t foam but am going to be making it with elementary children and they love the foaming! Great website that you have here! Marg from Canada!!:))

        • Rachel says

          Yes, perhaps that is the issue. I don’t know if you have Target way up north, but their Method foaming soap brand has a dispenser that works well. Have fun making this with kids. My kiddos love to do this with me. Thanks for reading Thriving Home!

          Rachel

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  13. Rachel says

    Interesting idea, but I can’t say I know the answer to that one!

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