I’m sure you’ve seen those expensive bottles of foaming hand soap – maybe even bought them. Whatever our fascination is with bubbles and foam, someone really tapped into it with these little gems.
Until I started making my own, my only experience with it was in public restrooms. I’ve never bought a bottle for home use, but I’ve seen the price tag!
That price tag can be a bit discouraging, especially in households with a few children who also love bubbles and foam – and I’ve not met any yet that didn’t.
You can make foaming hand soap yourself with just a few ingredients, for only a fraction of the cost of commercial products, and free of potentially harmful ingredients.
The “secret”, which is likely not much of a secret anymore, is the bottle. More specifically, it’s the pump.
I could probably get one of my boys to play around and figure out how to make one, but it’s really easy to either recycle a commercial bottle, or purchase one specifically for foaming soap, like I did, from here.
All you need to make your own foaming hand soap is an empty dispenser bottle, water, castile soap, and essential oil – if you want to use it.
The bottle I use holds 6 1/2 ounces. I started by filling it with 4 1/2 ounces of water. Then I added 1 tablespoon of castile soap. The soap I have on hand is peppermint, so I chose not to add any essential oil this time. If you use unscented castile soap, you can add a few drops of your favorite oil to scent the soap or to address any skin need you may have.
Then, I just twisted the top on, gave it a little shake, and it was ready to use. EASY!
A couple of notes:
1. You’ll want to be sure to add the water first, and the soap last. Otherwise, you’ll have bubbles coming out the top of the bottle before you even get the top on.
2. Although this bottle holds 6 1/2 ounces, you really have to allow room for the displacement that the pump mechanism causes when you attach it. I started out using 5 1/2 ounces of water, and it ended up overflowing when I screwed on the top. Be sure to allow plenty of room regardless of the capacity of your bottle.
That’s it! I love my foaming hand soap just as much as the children do, so I’m going to make up a few more and put them in all the bathrooms, as well as at the kitchen sink.
Do you use foaming hand soap at your house? Have you tried making it yourself? I’d love to hear about it!
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This post was originally published on October 2, 2014, and has been edited and updated for DIY for the Body: 5 Easy Recipes You Can Make Yourself.