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DIY Foaming Hand Soap

Sickness is running rampant in the girls’ school and I’ve been preaching hand washing to my girls as much as possible these past few weeks.

One of my favorite DIY recipes to make this time of year is DIY foaming hand soap and you won’t believe how easy it is to make yourself!

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I don’t know about you, but the cooler weather that comes with Fall definitely brings with it dryness. I wake up feeling like my sinuses are dry, my skin is dry, and my hands definitely get cracked from washing them so much to try to keep germs at bay. And my girls’ hands get even worse.

So, of course we’re constantly putting on hand lotions, but I’ve determined that what soap we use to wash our hands effects how dry they are as well.

Last year, Sophia had to take her own container of hand soap to school because with the added dryness of winter, the soap [which I’m sure is the cheapest the school can buy] was breaking her hands out so badly that they were constantly red and almost to the point of bleeding at times. 

So she took her own soap in a small travel container and I also made sure that we were using more gentle soaps at home, as well. 

I prefer foaming hand soap, especially for Sophia and Moreaya, because it’s so much less messy than regular hand soap. I don’t find gobs of it in the sink every morning. Plus they seem to be more enthusiastic about washing their hands with foam – whatever works!

But if you buy foaming hand soap like I do, you know it disappears fast. I’m not sure why it seems to not last as long, but it doesn’t.

That’s one reason I decided to make my own foaming hand soap, but another reason is definitely to keep the ingredients simple and at a minimum.

You’ll be amazed at just how easy it is to make your own soaps at home, including foaming hand soap. In fact, you can use this recipe whether you want to create regular hand soap or foaming, because it’s all about the container when it comes to making DIY foaming hand soap!

To make your foaming hand soap you’ll need just a few ingredients. If you already like making DIY essential oil recipes, you probably already have most on hand like fractionated coconut oil, castile soap, and essential oils.

You probably already know that my favorite essential oils come from NOW®. There’s a few reasons for that including price – you won’t find quality essential oils at lower prices and quality [covered that one in the same sentence, didn’t I!?] NOW insists on the best raw materials, gentle processing methods, and an industry-leading commitment to quality when creating their essential oils.

You can read more about their quality processes and to see how not all essential oil brands are the same. 

While I do use essential oils in our DIY foaming hand soap, they’re completely optional for scent. If you do use essential oils, be sure to use only 2-3 drops for a large container and dilute with the other ingredients.

The only thing that you might not have on hand to get started making your own foaming hand soap are the soap containers. I simply reused bottles that we already had, but you can also purchase foaming bottles on Amazon for fairly cheap if you don’t already have some.

DIY Foaming Hand Soap

DIY Foaming Hand Soap



  1. Combine equal parts of castile liquid soap and distilled water in the soap bottle.
  2. Add in your fractionated coconut oil [which should be half the amount of water/soap you used*].
  3. Pick your choice of NOW® Solutions essential oils, and mix in completely with other liquids. My favorite to use in the winter is the Nature's Shield blend. I typically only use 2-3 drops per large soap bottle.
  4. Fill the dispenser with your mixture, leaving room at the top for the pump then screw the top on tightly and shake gently!


*You'll notice I don't call out specific measurements in this DIY Foaming Hand Soap recipe and that's because each container will be different because of their sizes and amount they will hold. It's best to go with equal parts water and castile soap. Then half that amount for your carrier oil.
So for example, if you combine 1 cup of water & 1 cup of soap, use 1/2 cup of your carrier oil.

Making our own foaming hand soap is one of my favorite DIYs to make in the winter. I’ve got a whole list of others that I make including DIY lip balm and shower disks too! Check out that post here.

Caution: Essential oils are highly concentrated and can be irritating to skin. Use with care. Dilute essential oils as directed, do not exceed dilutions recommended for this recipe. For adult use only. Keep out of reach of children. Not for internal use. Avoid contact with eyes.


Thursday 9th of April 2020

I love finding new ways to use my essential oils so thanks for the foaming hand soap recipe!

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