Foaming Hand Soap {with essential oils}

Foaming Hand Soap {with essential oils}

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Making your own Foaming Hand Soap is easy and economical.  Plus, DIY Hand Soap is much better for your health than regular antibacterial soaps.

Foaming Hand Soap {with essential oils}

For a 50 ml (1.72 oz) mini-pump dispenser:

  • 1 tsp liquid castile soap*
  • dash Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • 3 drops essential oil
  • water {distilled or boiled}

For a full-sized, 8 oz pump dispenser:

Note: If you’re looking for a fancier glass dispenser, this one comes in multiple colors and has good reviews on Amazon.

  • 2 TB liquid castile soap*
  • 1/4 tsp Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • 8-10 drops essential oil
  • water {distilled or boiled}

*I used Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Baby Mild.  

Recommended Essential Oils
for DIY Hand Soap

  • On Guard
  • Wild Orange
  • Citrus Bliss
  • Lemon
  • Lavender
  • Any scent you love!


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  1. Jennifer on 01/21/2014 at 10:59 pm

    I have been using distilled water, 3-5 dr EO and and 2 T of the Castile soap. I’ll have to add the FCO and see how I like that. I use OnGuard in the winter and I hear another good combo is the peppermint Castile soap with basil and rosemary oils.

  2. Heather on 01/22/2014 at 3:38 am

    Does the coconut oil keep the pump from clogging? We’ve put castille soap in our foaming pumps, but I frequently have to run hot water over them to unclog them.

    • Kathleen on 01/22/2014 at 7:57 pm

      That’s a great question. I haven’t had any issues with castile soap in my regular pump dispensers, but I’m still fairly new to making my own foaming soap. I’ll have to keep you posted!

    • Kathleen on 01/22/2014 at 8:01 pm

      Ooh, I bet the basil and rosemary combo is nice. 🙂

  3. Allie on 03/05/2014 at 6:20 pm

    I’m so excited about making homemade foaming hand soap ! But my son is allergic to coconut … do you know of any other options to use in place of the Fractionated Coconut Oil ?

    • Kathleen on 03/05/2014 at 6:48 pm

      Allie–Two ideas:
      1. Skip the FCO altogether.
      2. Use another oil, like jojoba.
      Hope that helps! 🙂

      • Allie on 03/05/2014 at 8:10 pm

        Fantastic !! Thank you so much !!

  4. Sara on 04/14/2014 at 5:09 pm

    Why the oil? Thanks!

    • Kathleen on 04/15/2014 at 2:37 pm

      Sara–If you’re referring to the FCO, I believe it makes the soap more moisturizing. (Castille soap can be drying.) But it’s not completely necessary–you can make the soap without the FCO.

      • Sara on 04/15/2014 at 3:22 pm

        Thank you!

  5. Mike on 08/21/2014 at 10:45 am

    Do you use just the ingredients listed? Doesn’t seem like much for a 8oz bottle.
    2 TB liquid castile soap*
    1/4 tsp Fractionated Coconut Oil
    8-10 drops essential oil

    • Kathleen on 08/21/2014 at 11:46 am

      Mike–After adding those ingredients to your foaming pump bottle, you’ll fill the bottle the rest of the way with water. 🙂 (Due to your comment, I realized I hadn’t actually listed “water” as an ingredient, so I added it above. Thanks!)

      • Mike on 08/21/2014 at 1:09 pm

        Thanks Kathleen, glad I found your oils page

  6. Kristi on 03/19/2015 at 11:26 pm

    I’m new to oils….but i thought you weren’t supposed to store them in plastic? I’m not questioning your knowledge…just trying to know what is best for when I start! 🙂 Thanks!

  7. Arni Gutuak on 06/01/2016 at 4:33 pm

    I want to have a sample on the bath room smells clean.

  8. Mae on 10/20/2016 at 3:58 am

    Can I use jasmine essential oils?

    • Kathleen on 10/20/2016 at 11:57 am

      Yes, you can use any essential oil that tickles your fancy. 🙂

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