Easy DIY Foaming Hand Soap: Better for You, the Earth & Your Wallet

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green divas DIY: non-toxic foaming hand soap

Ok, who among us doesn’t love a luscious NON-TOXIC foaming hand soap? There are some great natural brands out there making great non-toxic, healthy and velvety foaming hand soaps. I recommend going to EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database page on liquid hand soaps (which does include foaming soaps) if you want to buy some. For a 10oz. container prices range from $4 – $10. 

Please consider using the non-toxic versions for several reasons, not the least of which is that the regular commercial brands tend to have things like triclosan in them, which is a nasty endocrine inhibitor that is bad for us and very bad for our water systems and the creatures that encounter it in the environment. And that’s just ONE of the known icky things we should be wary of.

Last year I stumbled upon a number of recipes for DIY non-toxic foaming soap, so I saved a few of the foaming soap dispensers I had and made my own! It is definitely cheaper and everyone in the household loves it and screams bloody murder when it runs out. I was shocked just how easy it is, and I really like knowing exactly what is in my soap, especially since I’m a little bit of an obsessive hand-washer! 

I spent time calculating the cost of the ingredients, which you will see below and did some fancy math and figured it costs about $2.00 to make your own (this cost does not include any new foaming dispenser expense, which if you refill a few times pays for itself anyway). 

Green Diva Meg’s Non-Toxic DIY Foaming Hand Soap

What You Need

Green Diva Meg's DIY foaming hand soap ingredients


What to do

GD Meg making DIY non-toxic foaming hand soap

In a 10oz. foaming soap container, mix:

    • 1/4 cup of the Dr. Bronner’s
    • about 1/4 capful or about 10 drops of the tea tree oil
    • if you are using Unscented Baby Mild Castile Soap – 6 drops of lavender oil (or organic scented oil of your choice!
    • if you are using the Lavender Castile Liquid Soap – 3 drops of lavender oil
    • add clean water to almost the top, leaving room for the pump works to fit in without overflowing (we have a great filtration system in our house that remineralizes and corrects the alkalinity after reverse osmosis, but whatever filtered water you feel good about) 
    • Giver er a shake and voila! 

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About the author / 

Green Diva Meg

(aka Megan McWilliams) is the founder of The Green Divas and GDGD Radio Network (the first green and healthy living radio network on earth for the earth). She's the producer and host of the popular Green Divas Radio Show, one of the first radio shows dedicated to sharing low-stress ways to live a deeper shade of green. Green Diva Meg is a well-known green living expert and media personality.

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  1. jessicajstrey@gmail.com'
    Jessica July 21, 2014 at 2:24 pm -  Reply

    I was curious why essential oil needs to be added? I’ve been using Dr Bronner’s soap in the foaming hand pump for years w/just adding water. Thank you :o)

  2. megan@thegreendivas.com'
    Green Diva Meg July 21, 2014 at 3:06 pm -  Reply

    Great question @Jessica! I add the tea tree oil because it has natural antiseptic qualities and even a few drops has a kind of not pleasant smell. I use lavender oil because I LOVE it and a few drops helps mitigate the tea tree oil.

    • jessicajstrey@gmail.com'
      Jessica July 21, 2014 at 4:25 pm -  Reply

      We use tea tree oil for wound-cleansing, so it’ll be no problem here! I’ve got both the baby & lavender-version of Dr Bronner’s soaps, plus both the essential oils already (great minds think alike). I’ll add just the tea tree oil to my current batches now & see how that fairs. If Hubs complains, I’ll add lavender drops :o) Thanks so much for the speedy reply!

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