Shhh…we make our own hand soap

After I mentioned making our own foaming hand soap in yesterday’s post about household cleaners, more than a couple people have asked how to make it.

Here is the super easy recipe I use to make the foaming hand soap. I use Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps Pure-Castile Soap as the base.  This product got an A from the EWG Healthy Cleaning Guide. Tea tree oil is also a great addition because it has antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antiseptic qualities.

I reuse the foaming hand soap dispenser from CleanWell.  This line of products is a favorite and when I need a fresh bottle.  They have antibacterial soaps without triclosan, which is a big environmental hazard.

Foaming Hand Soap Recipe
2 tablespoons Castille Soap
2 drops of Tea Tree Oil
2 drops of Essential oil (I use lemongrass currently)

Add ingredients to empty foaming hand soap dispenser (about a 9 oz size). Fill the balance with water and shake gently.

DIY foaming hand soap recipe


This is a super cheap way to keep up with the kids overuse of the foaming hand soap.  I have found Madison “cleaning” the bathroom sink with half the bottle.  At about 25 cents a bottle, I don’t have to stress about it.  Plus, there’s no sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan or synthetic fragrance involved in her cleaning project.

If you can handle making your own hand soap, now you can move on to making your own bubble soap for kids!

Happy washing!

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About Emily Roach

Emily Roach is a culinary nutrition expert and works with clients to create a healthy lifestyle design. She loves teaching her kids how to cook, playing tennis and inspiring women to take control of their health. Emily does one-on-one consulting, cooking workshops and speaking engagements.

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  1. This recipe sounds simple enough but I don't want to use Bronners. Is there another castile soap that would work? I tried grating a bar, adding water, and melting but my soap ended up being a snotty texture. Kind of yucky! So I'm looking for an other option now.

  2. I am so disappointed that I'm having trouble with this! No matter what I've tried, it does foam nicely, but when I rub it into my hands it doesn't rub in well. It sort of turns to glue and you can't rub your hands together. I used the almond Dr. Bronners. Any recommendations to help this work for us?? I tried using distilled water instead of tap and brita water as well thinking it was because I had hard water, but nothing worked :-(.

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  5. Great idea with one piece of caution: If you have boys in your home, DO NOT use tea tree oil or lavender. In 2007, the National Institute of Health published a report which states, ” A study published in this week’s issue of the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that repeated topical use of products containing lavender oil and/or tea tree oil may cause prepubertal gynecomastia, a rare condition resulting in enlarged breast tissue in boys prior to puberty, and for which a cause is seldom identified.”