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Why make your own homemade foaming hand soap?

When someone asks me this question, I have to pause and wonder, yea, why would someone want to make their own? Especially when Young Living has given us a virtual easy button and we can order our own. You see, I am NOT a DIY girl. It's not that I don't like saving money, or have some aversion to crafts. It's just that, my DIY projects look like 'Billy age 5,' completed my project... Soap running down the bottle, labels on crooked and smeared...

However, if you are:

  • weary of using toxic hand soaps that even the FDA has deemed unsafe

  • want to save money on a good soap

  • really enjoy creating your own concoctions

Then I highly recommend that you consider making this soap!

This Homemade Foaming Hand Soap is one of the easiest ways to create a greener and healthier you. This foaming soap is simple to make, inexpensive, and it works really well–and is, of course, fun for kids (of all ages) to use!


Why Is Glycerin in this Soap? Glycerine adds a number of benefits to this homemade foaming soap. Moisture First of all, glycerin is a humectant. As such, it moisturizes the skin by bringing moisture from the air into the skin’s outer layer and also forms a protective layer to prevent moisture loss. Adding glycerin to your soap can help to lock in this moisture, leaving your hands (or other parts of your body, for that matter) more soft. Glycerin mimics skin’s natural moisturizing factor (NMF), so it’s great for all skin types. It’s important to do this since your NMF is depleted as you age and that is accelerated if you use irritating substances on your skin.

Better Texture

The glycerin makes for a smoother, thicker soap which is much nicer to pump and use than thin, runny foaming soaps.


Actually you would need 50% glycerine for this soap to truly be preserved, but it’s good to know that glycerine does add some preservative properties to this homemade foaming hand soap.

Don’t Eat the Soap, but…..

One thing you might not know, is that vegetable glycerine is not only great for adding moisturizing qualities to this homemade foaming soap, but it’s also a great sweetener alternative for those trying to consume fewer carbs. In most cases, you can use whatever glycerine you like for sweetening as well as for use in personal care products, but you might want to ask the manufacturer.

Actually, the ingredients in this foaming soap are so non toxic, you really don’t have to worry if some gets in your mouth, but still I wouldn’t go around making it a habit of eating it.

First, add water to the foaming pump container. Then, add castile soap to the water–not the other way around!


  • foaming soap dispenser (this brand has worked very well for us over the years)

  • water

  • natural liquid soap of your choice, such as Dr. Bronner's.

  • 1/2 Tbsp vegetable glycerine (for extra moisturizing) (optional)

  • a few drops of your choice of essential oils, Citrus Fresh or Thieves work well.


  • Fill empty foaming soap dispenser with water, approximately 4/5 full.

  • Fill remaining space with a liquid soap of your choice (and glycerine and essential oils, if using) being careful not to get too close to the top.

  • Shake gently to mix and use.

Note: you definitely do not want to add the soap first. If you do, the soap will foam up as you are adding the water to fill the container and you will end up with a foaming, half-filled container.

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