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Homemade foaming hand soap is a simple, budget-friendly diy product to introduce in your home. Ditch the toxin filled hand soaps from the store and start making your own foaming hand soap using castile soap, vitamin e, essential oils and water.
I used to love all of the scented hand soaps from the store. Citrus scented hand soaps were my favorite in the summer, and I always had a seasonally scented soap during the holidays. After learning more about some of the questionable ingredients and fragrances in hand soap, I decided I wanted to make my own. Now I make my own hand soap and customize the essential oils I use based on the season or holiday.
Not only is this one of the easiest DIYs you will make, it is cheaper than store-bought natural hand soaps. Rather than spending $4-5 on a bottle of hand soap from the store, make your own.
The only equipment that you need is a foaming hand soap dispenser. I bought a pack of 3 so that I would have one for each bathroom in the house.
Let’s take a look at the price breakdown of this simple DIY hand soap:
- Unscented Liquid Castile Soap- I got my liquid castile soap for $12.99 for 32 ounces, but I only used 2.67 ounces = $1.08
- Vitamin E- I got my vitamin e for $5.49 for 4 ounces, but I only used 0.17 ounces = $0.23
- Essential Oils of Choice (15-20 drops)- This depends on the oils you choose but around $1.50
APPROX. TOTAL COST = $2.81 per foaming hand soap bottle
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- Foaming Hand Soap Bottle
- 1/3 cup unscented liquid castile soap
- 1 teaspoon vitamin e or other nourishing, fatty oil
- 2/3 cup distilled water*
- 15-20 drops essential oils of choice
- In the foaming hand soap dispenser, add water first to prevent overflowing bubbles. Then add castile soap, vitamin e, and essential oils.
- Put the cap on and shake to combine ingredients.
- Just push the pump down to use hand soap.
*You can boil water and let it cool in place of distilled water. If you use tap water your soap will have a shorter shelf life since it introduces bacteria into the recipe. It's fine to use tap water in a high traffic/high use bathroom, but I would use distilled or boiled water if it's a lower traffic bathroom.
You don't need essential oils to make this hand soap effective. This is simply to add a natural scent to your hand soap. Vitamin e is also optional but helps to moisturize your hands while washing.
Oil and water like to separate, so I recommend giving a quick shake before each use to combine ingredients.
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