Homemade Foaming Hand Wash Soap Directions

Homemade Foaming Hand Wash Soap Directions


If your house is anything like mine, your kids drain your foaming hand soap in less than two weeks time. I made the switch to foaming hand wash several months back as a means to encourage the children to wash after using the bathroom. They find the foaming wash “fun” to use and therefore actually use it. Unfortunately, the cost of a good natural wash/soap is not cheap.

The children emptied another bottle just the other day and instead of adding it to my shopping list I decided to try to find a homemade version. To my surprise, making foaming hand wash/soap is very easy and cost effective!

This recipe is for an 8 ounce bottle of hand wash/soap. Ready?

  1. 6 1/2 ounces of borderline warm/hot water
  2. 1 1/2 ounces of natural liquid soap (we prefer Dr. Bronner’s)

Start by pouring the warm/hot water into the empty bottle. Then add the liquid soap and cap off the bottle. Give it a little swirl or two and pump!

Using a bigger or smaller bottle? Simply use 4/5 water and 1/5 liquid soap.


There you have it! Foaming hand soap at minimal cost! I seriously barely made a dent in the Dr. Bronner’s bottle! It’s fabulous to have on hand as it is an “all in one” soap. We use it for hair, to wash the counters and stove top… basically for anything!



  1. Ned says

    great hack! I do that when i have a bit of shampoo left in the bottle and it gets foamy.. never thought of doing it for handwash..

  2. Vickie Couturier says

    what a great ideal,with the grandkids they can go thru this stuff fast,ill have to try this

  3. Elena says

    great idea! I am going to try this

  4. Karen Glatt says

    I think that this is a great idea to make my own foaming hand wash to make it cheaper is a good way to save money. It does add up when using the hand soap all the time. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. I love Dr. Bronners and it lasts such a long time. Thanks for sharing

  6. That is a great idea! Where can you buy the Dr. Bronner’s Natural Liquid Soap?

    • Hi Diane,

      We buy ours on Amazon http://tinyurl.com/c7hatlf but I’ve also seen it in the health food section of our local Price Chopper. I’ve also seen it a local Health Food stores like Natures Pantry and Whole Foods :).

  7. jamie braun says

    such a great idea! i cant believe how easy it is to make! definitely doing this!

  8. Rust says

    I’ve been doing this for a while now and I love it. Those foaming bottles are great and I love the savings!

  9. Sellin says

    I am fond of beauty tips as I am fashion loving. Thanks for your useful suggestions. ..))

  10. Juan Sanchez says

    Thanks for this, definitely much better 🙂

  11. Bekah Kuczenski says

    What a quick and easy way to make foaming hand soap! And its cost efficient!! I want to try this!

  12. Nicole G. says

    I assume you do, but do you have to use a bottle that was originally purchased as a foam soap dispenser as opposed to just a regular pump soap dispenser?

  13. judy gardner says

    thank you for the idea! the kids use up hand soap around here like crazy but i dont want to discourage them from washing! i will have to try this!

  14. Laura Jacobson says

    Oh what a GREAT idea! I love that its natural too and a little goes a long way!

  15. Amy Orvin says

    Thanks for the recipe to make this. I’d love to make my own hand soap.

  16. Priscilla Benavides says

    I am definitely going to try this for our bathrooms because I recently noticed that the thick liquid hand soap is making a mess on the faucet when it drips on there and started considering buying foaming hand soap!

  17. courtney b says

    wow money saver! who knew you could make your own soap! not me!

  18. Very cool!! I never thought of doing that yourself!!

  19. Christy I says

    I didn’t realize how easy foaming soap is to make! I will have to try it out 🙂

  20. marissa lee says

    this is a great ideal…thank you for sharing.

  21. Julie C says

    Oh don’t I know it! It seems we go through soap like crazy. What a neat idea… thanks for sharing!

  22. Mary Withrow says

    That’s really neat, I just throw dawn and water back in them, lol – This would probley be alot better! Thanks

  23. Christina says

    I spend so much money on foaming hand soap and it really does go so quickly! I’m definitely going to try this. Thanks!

  24. Julie Wood says

    I like to make this Homemade Foaming Hand Wash! This looks like a good recipe that you have made, and it does cost a lot to get hand soap all the time!

  25. Sandy VanHoey says

    Oh gosh, my comments aren’t going through and I keep losing them. This is so great since we go through lots and lots of hand soap with my grandsons obsession with washing his hands. We have to do this,

  26. Rosie says

    Wowie! I was bracing for a really hard “recipe” – this is so easy it is silly! Yet it works – so off I go to make it!! I’m sure an easy way to get kids to use it to let them help make it, too! Great to know!

  27. judy gardner says

    we go through the store bought stuff pretty fast around here! thanks for sharing an alternative to buying whats in the store!

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  29. rasel says

    great..I ll try this receipe.

  30. Tanya Holland says

    I am definitely going to have to try this. My girls go through so much of it in one day. It looks so say to make too.

  31. Lisa K says

    Cool! I like this. My kids do burn through the soap…. not a bad thing. I’m going to pin this.

  32. Where can you find Dr. Bronner’s? Don’t you hate it when the kids pour or spill out all the soap? My daughter is old enough to wash her own hair. I found out that she used the whole bottle of shampoo for bubble bath one day. Ugh! lol

  33. Carole ingram says

    Thanks for this recipe, that is very easy to make! 🙂 I always wondered about how to make foaming soap.

  34. Brittany Thomas says

    I keep meaning to try this! I need to get a foam pump first though!

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