Monday, April 8

DIY Natural Foaming Hand Soap

This is so easy it almost doesn't even deserve to be called DIY. Like, if you can open a bottle you can do it. But if you're looking for an all natural hand soap that's more cost effective with less waste, look no further!

I've tried other DIY hand soaps in the past in the past and I've learned a few things:
  1. Most take a lot of work (grating bar soap, boiling, etc.)
  2. They end up with a weird goopy texture
  3. My kids wash way better with foaming soap anyway
This soap is no work, no weird texture, and allllll foamy goodness. It's a win win win.

All you need:
Start by rinsing out your dispenser. I took to the "buy the nice stuff once" philosophy and bought a few bottles of J. R. Watkins foaming hand soap just because I liked the bottle and planned to refill it, but you can also buy empty dispensers without soap in them. But before you jump to any dispenser purchases, consider this:
  1. Black tops hide dirt. We've used white-top dispensers in the past and they look dirty fast. Not the vibe we're going for. 
  2. Plastic bottles are a kid's best friend. I can't tell you how many times my kids have knocked the soap bottles off the counter, and we've saved thousands of glass shards by using plastic bottles. Now that we've got that out of the way, here are a few of my favorite dispensers:

Fill the bottle 1/4 - 1/3 full with the castile soap.

It doesn't have to be exact. If it ends up too soapy you can use less next time, if it's too watery add an extra squirt. You'll get a feel for how much you need.

Top it of with water (keep the water on low so it doesn't make a foamy mess).

Put the lid on and you're DONE. Like I said, it's almost too easy. But you'll still save money, keep dozens of empty bottles out of a landfill, and give your family a safe, all-natural soap!

So how much does it cost? I don't know exactly... but I can guesstimate for you. The dispenser price will depend on what you order obviously, but for the actual soap I usually spend around $20 for a 32 oz bottle. I would guess we get at least 10 refills per bottle. That's less than $2 per refill!

Pro tip: I buy two bottles and keep one in each bathroom. It's so quick to refill the dispensers without running around the house looking for a bottle of soap.

That's all I've got for today, folks. Happy... washing? I guess? Yeah, let's go with that. 


  1. Have you ever shopped at That's where I get my castile soap for this same method you describe, and I can get 32 oz. for less than $6!

    1. No way! I've actually ordered other things there but didn't even realize they carried castile soap. Thanks for the tip!

  2. Good post. I guess it would cost more than a bar.