Homemade All-Natural Foaming Hand Soap with Free Printable Label

I’ve been using Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap non-stop since my first gallon arrived from Amazon six months ago (buy it here). If you’ve been following my blog since then, you know how much I LOVE this amazing soap (I wrote a whole post on it). I use it in cleaning products, in the shower, and in my homemade laundry detergent and love how it comes from a company with a conscience (fair trade and community-minded), whose products are organic and eco-friendly. (You’d think I was PAID to write all that, but I’m not! I promise! I just really love it!)

Homemade All-Natural Foaming Hand Soap with Free Printable

This soap is green, non-toxic, chemical-free, organic, gentle AND antibacterial!

So, I’ve been using it as a hand soap for about six months but have kept it in a regular ole’ soap pump bottle, until now. I had never been totally happy with it because of the watery consistency – it squirts all over the countertop and sink and makes a mess. Drives me crazy, especially because in the old house, we had granite countertops in the bathroom and it would leave awful wet spots. I love it as a hand and body soap, though, because it is so much more gentle than soaps with sodium lauryl sulfate in it, which is so harsh on the skin and hair (not to mention other nasty things I dislike about that chemical). Castile Soap is made from olive oil, so it’s very gentle, but still cleans very well. I noticed a huge difference in the amount of dry skin, eczema and irritation on my hands when I switched to Dr. Bronner’s and now have it next to every sink in the house, or I pay the price!

I finally got smart and bought a cheap foaming soap bottle from Target. I brought it home, dumped out the soap (full of sodium lauryl sulfate, even though it is the Method line!), and filled it with my castile soap recipe. It pumps out so perfectly foamy and is no longer watery! No more soap mess to clean up all over the sink. It took me this long to figure out that soap is made foamy by the pump, not the chemicals in the soap! {Anyone else knew that already? If you did, now you can feel smart (smile)}.

Here is the easy recipe and the free printable label so you’ll never have to look this up again! (Make sure to stick it on with packing tape and completely cover it so it doesn’t get wet).

  • Fill a foaming soap pump (like this one) 1/3 full with Castile Soap (I like Dr. Bronner’s in Peppermint, Almond and Lavender for hand soaps)
  • Depending on the size of the bottle (and your smeller), drop 10-30 drops of Thieves, Purification or Tea Tree Essential Oils (they are all powerful antibacterials).
  • Fill the rest with filtered, distilled or regular tap water
About Sara McFall

Sara is the owner and founder of My Merry Messy Life, which started in 2011 as a way to chronicle her journey to a natural, chemical-free lifestyle and to share her passions of mothering, real food, homeschooling and crochet. She is a mama to three precious and energetic little boys and wife to a university professor who loves to sing, dance ballet and ballroom, and live simply and naturally.


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