We all need to wash our hands, for a variety of reasons, throughout the day. Making your own foaming hand soap is a quick, easy and frugal way to have safe and green hand soap, and avoid antibacterial soap containing triclosan.
Making your own foaming handsoap is so easy that I almost feel funny writing a post just about that, but I know there are a lot of you that are interested in using castile soap for your hand soap, so I wanted to share a quick and specific post about it.
Homemade Foaming Hand Soap
- Foaming Soap Dispenser - I bought Method foaming soap from Target once and have just been using the same bottle to make my homemade version. I think you can also buy foaming soap dispensers at places like Bed, Bath and Beyond, or online.
- Liquid Castile Soap - any scent or brand is fine. Because it is so diluted, the scent does not really matter very much. I usually use Dr. Bronner’s Uncscented Baby Mild, just because that’s usually the biggest bottle I have on hand. 5/11 Update: Lately I’ve been using Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint castile soap and love the light, clean scent that it has.
1. Fill up your bottle almost all the way with water. You want to add the water first because if you add the soap first it will all bubble up and spill out as you fill it with water.
2. Add 1 +/- Tablespoon of castile soap to the bottle, put the pump on and shake it gently to incorporate the soap. You may want to adjust the amount of soap based on the type of water you have, and your needs. If you use too little soap, it will seem hard to spread around on your hands as you wash them. If you use too much soap, it will feel too slippery and hard to rinse off.
I estimate that this costs about 20 cents for one bottle of foaming soap, depending on the cost of your castile soap and how much you use. One bottle will last for a while, unless your kids get into it and go crazy squirting it and rubbing it all over their hands (and body)! Kids love this stuff!
That’s it, it’s really that easy! You can’t beat this for easy, frugal, and green hand soap!
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P.S. See that empty jar next to the jar with the q-tips in the top picture? It used to hold cotton balls, but I decided I wanted to find a reusable alternative to buying cotton balls. So, I’ve been knitting my own cotton “balls”. Stay tuned for a post about that! Now if I could only figure out an alternative to q-tips?!
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