FOAMING HAND SOAP
Making a foaming hand soap is surprisingly easy. There can be many harmful ingredients in everyday hand soaps. Phthalates, Triclosan and Sodium lauryl (or laureth) sulfate (SLS/SLES) are just a few of the ingredients you will find. We wash our hands constantly with small children in the house. The thought of my kids constantly putting chemicals on their skin just to keep them clean was unacceptable. I wanted a recipe that was gentle yet effective. Since I started using my own recipe my hands actually look and feel more moisturized.
A do-it-yourself foaming hand soap is a very simple alternative to store-bought hand soaps. You can purchase nice foaming hand soap dispensers from Amazon. Occasionally, I find glass foaming hand soap containers at local department stores such as Bed, Bath and Beyond or Marshalls. Below is the base recipe I use. Once you have the base recipe, you can create different mixtures and make it fun.
VARIATIONS TO TRY
My favorite variation is the Almond-Apricot foaming hand soap. It smells so amazing!
1 Cup Filtered or Distilled Water
2 Tablespoons Dr. Bronner’s Almond Castile Soap
1 Teaspoon Apricot Kernel Oil
1 Teaspoon Almond Extract
My second favorite is the Coconut-Lavender foaming hand soap.
1 Cup Water
2 Tablespoons Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Castile Soap
1 Teaspoon Fractionated Coconut Oil
10 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
I usually mix the ingredients directly in the foaming hand soap container. This tends to be easier than mixing separately. However, I wanted to give both options for those who like to mix ingredients first. This is also helpful if you are making several soaps at once.