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using castile soap: DIY foaming hand wash

using castile soap: DIY foaming hand wash

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Our family seems to go through hand wash incredibly quickly!

I think (some) of my children are in love not so much with washing their hands, but much more with making bubbles.  Yeah…I don’t think good hygiene and keeping germs at bay is the motivation.

Whatever the issue, I’ve found a frugal way to replenish the soap supply — make our own foaming hand wash!  This process is so simple and quick, it could easily be a job for a young child.

I use castile soap, particularly Dr. Bronner’s brand, since it’s a natural cleaner made of hemp, coconut, jojoba and olive oils and pure essential oils.  I purchase castile soap in the 32 oz size at either Target or a local pharmacy, both places are less expensive than what I’ve found online.

This size last us a l-o-n-g time; definitely a $$ saver!

The oils in Dr. Bronner’s soap offer light moisture to hands, and there are many scents to choose from depending on which essential oil you like most – we chose citrus.

DIY Foaming Hand Wash
Recipe Type: natural home
  • foaming hand soap dispenser (regular dispensers won’t work)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 TBsp liquid castile soap (more or less depending on how ‘foamy’ you like it)
  1. First, pour cup of water into the empty hand soap container
  2. Add in tablespoon of castile soap. DON’T put the soap in first as it will become too sudsy when water is added
  3. Cover with dispenser, and give a slight shake
  4. That’s it!


Do you make any of your own soap?


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  • CarrieNovember 12, 2013 - 7:31 am

    Yes… my method is exactly like yours. Love Dr. Bronner’s!ReplyCancel

  • TyraNovember 12, 2013 - 8:11 am

    Great tip. Where can I find the foaming dispenser?ReplyCancel

  • BrittanyNovember 12, 2013 - 8:11 am

    I do the exact same thing! We actually use it as a “body wash” in the shower too. And for my little ones’ baths, I’ll just put a tsp. of Dr. Bronner’s into the bath water. I love that it’s so versatile!ReplyCancel

  • Daniele @ Domestic SerenityNovember 12, 2013 - 5:53 pm

    Tyra, you could purchase one from the grocery store, use up the contents and then reuse the container over & over again for making your own! Just look for one that says foaming hand soap on the dispenser label.ReplyCancel

  • Castile SoapNovember 3, 2014 - 11:05 am

    This are relatively easy to follow inductions on how to make Castile Soap to wash your hands if you don’t have the bars.

    The hardest part is to make it foam – since organic soap in general does not foam as well as non-organics.

    Thanks for posting this. Will give it a try later today as I use them a lot as well.ReplyCancel

  • LuAnnNovember 24, 2014 - 11:49 am

    Did you add any fragrance to your hand soap? I was thinking of using peppermint essential oil and giving these as Christmas gifts!ReplyCancel

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