Oh how I love foaming hand soap. It is an easy to use, convenient product that doesn’t leave globs of liquid soap all over the sink.
This means fewer moments scrubbing sinks each week… and I love any product that means less time cleaning bathrooms!
Plus foaming hand soap comes in so many lovely scents and fun bottle designs; it is a tiny luxury treat each time you wash.
However there is also a lot to NOT love about most foaming hand soaps!
For one, many store bought versions contain unhealthy ingredients: artificial fragrances, artificial coloring, triclosan, and a host of other additives that can act as allergens, endocrine disruptors, or carcinogens. These substances may cause allergies to develop in young children, early onset puberty, and/or cellular level changes.
I’m certain that my love of bubbles is not worth a malfunctioning immune system or breast cancer!
Another problem with foaming hand soap is the cost! All-natural, non-toxic version of foaming hand soap can cost more than $5 for an 8 ounce bottle and contain mostly water.
I’m all for supporting natural products but SERIOUSLY!
Luckily all-natural foaming soap is the easiest non-toxic DIY project you’ll ever attempt!
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Foaming Hand Soap Supplies
Foaming Hand Soap Directions
- Combine one ounce of liquid Castile soap with 8 ounces of water or distilled water in a foaming hand soap pump. Stir or swirl gently to combine.
- PRESTO… all natural, non-toxic foaming hand soap!
Foaming Castile Soap Q &A
What is Castile soap? Castile soap is vegetable oil based soap that can be found in both bar and liquid forms. The name Castile comes from the region of Spain where this technique of soap making originated. Today Castile soap is made all over the world, often from coconut oil or olive oil.
How is Castile soap different from other soaps? In the United States many soaps are made from animal fat. When you see the ingredient sodium tallowate or tallow acid on a soap label you know the soap is made from animal fat.
How can I make all-natural scented hand soap? Simply buy scented Castile soap. It comes in a variety of scents including peppermint, lemongrass, pine, lavender, citrus, almond, eucalyptus, rose, tea tree, and orange. You can even combine scents to make your own blends!
I do not use essential oils to scent my foaming hand soap. Essential oils are not water soluble and can separate from the mixture as it sits in your bathroom. These undiluted oils can damage skin or cause an allergic reaction if they are dispensed into little hands.
How can I make moisturizing foaming hand soap? Buy a Castile soap that contains Shea butter. It also comes in a variety of scents and is naturally moisturizing.
Can I make foaming body wash? Yes, follow the steps for foaming hand soap and put the dispenser in your shower or bath tub. Honestly, it is that simple! Foaming Castile soap can be used all over your body (face, body, hands and even on your hair).
I recommend using plain Castile soap if you want to use it as shampoo, not the moisturizing Shea butter version which is hard to rinse out of hair.
Foaming Hand Soap Cost
Liquid Castile soap cost approximately $16.00 for 32 ounces. My homemade foaming hand soap uses one ounce of Castile soap plus water to make 9 ounces for $0.50!
This DIY foaming hand soap is much cheaper than any all-natural foaming hand soap on the market. My favorite store bought version costs more than $9.00 for a little over 8 fluid ounces.
That’s a cost savings of $8.50 and I can tell NO DIFFERENCE!
Castile Soap Buying Tip
Be sure to check your product labels when buying anybody care product, even Castile Soap. Some soaps claim to be pure, natural Castile soap but have synthetic chemicals or fragrances added. I like to check my products on the EWG Consumer Guides or on a Smartphone with the Think Dirty App.
My favorite brand of Castile soap is Dr Bronners. Their soaps are high quality and have great scents.
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