Foaming Hand Soap Recipe
1 cup water
1 1/2 Tbsp Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Liquid Castile Soap
1-2 vitamin E capsules or 1/2 tsp oil or 1 tsp vegetable glycerine
foaming hand soap dispenser
1. Fill foaming hand soap dispenser with water. I bought the Equate brand foaming hand soap from Walmart a couple years ago and have been re-using the soap pump ever since. Fill the soap pump with water first. If you add the soap first, it will suds up when you add the water. My soap container only fits 1 cup of water so adjust the measurements based on your container. Leave room for the soap, glycerine, and the top of the pump.
2. Add Soap. Add more or less soap depending on how soapy you want it to feel. I like Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap because it is made of natural ingredients. I've seen a 32 ounce bottle at Trader Joes for $10 and at Whole Foods for $14. You can even buy it on Amazon if your local health food store doesn't carry it. Dr. Bronner's soap comes in many different scents, my favorite being peppermint. I use Dr. Bronner's Tea Tree Castile Soap for my homemade all-purpose cleaner, which could also be used in this hand soap. You can even make your own scent by using Dr. Bronner's Unscented Baby Castile Soap or Castille Soap from Mountain Rose Herbs and adding essential oils of your choice.
3. Add vitamin E, oil, or glycerine and shake to mix. Add one of these moisturizing ingredients so that your soap won't be drying. Break open one or two vitamin E capsules and add it to the soap. Or add some oil, like sweet almond oil. I've even heard of people using olive oil in their foaming hand soap, but I haven't tried that yet. Or vegetable glycerine can be used. Vegetable glycerine is a carbohydrate that is naturally derived from vegetable oil and attracts moisture to your skin. You can find vegetable glycerine at your local health food store, Amazon, or Mountain Rose Herbs.
Concerned It's Not Anti-Bacterial?
I used to always buy anti-bacterial soap but after reading tons of articles like this one about how anti-bacterial products are not necessary and are doing more harm then good, I've changed my ways. Also, anti-bacterial soap contains questionable chemicals like triclosan. According to this article, soap with triclosan is not more effective at preventing disease then regular soap and it interferes with fish hormones, which means it could be interfering with human hormones.
$0.33 - 1 1/2 Tbsp Dr. Bronner's Liquid Castile Soap (based on a $14, 32-oz. bottle)
$0.10 - 2 vitamin E capsules or 1/2 tsp sweet almond oil or 1 tsp Vegetable Glycerine
$0.43 - Grand Total
Sayonara, overpriced Bath & Body Works Foaming Hand Soap!
Have you made your own hand soap before? How do you do it?
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