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How to Make Foaming Soap


How To Make Foaming Soap

Making your own foaming soap  is so easy and inexpensive – Use our “how to many foaming soap recipe” as a guide!   Anyone can do this!  You’ll never wonder what is in your soap, plus an average family using one bottle of foaming hand soap a week will save an average of $180 a year.

How To make Foaming Soap: Supplies
how to make foaming soap

Making Foaming Soap is Simple

The first thing you need is an aerating dispenser bottle.

Ours came from re-using a container from another  brand.   Method makes one, and I reused a bottle from Clean Well for a year.  After a year or so you will notice the bottle begins to have a “skunky” smell, that is when I know it is time to replace the bottle with a new one.  If there are effective ways to sanitize and remove the smell from the bottle that you know – please share because I’ve yet to figure it out!

Once you have your aerating dispenser bottle – you can make a variety of foaming soaps.    The recipe we’re sharing is a Vanilla Orange Foaming Handsoap, but don’t be shy, select your favorite essential oils for fragrance and adding small amounts of your favorite oil for moisturizing.

How to Make Foaming Soap

Vanilla Orange Foaming Hand Soap Recipe

1 1/4 cup of distilled water
2 TBS of Castille Soap – I used the Citrus. To create your own scent use unscented.
1 Capsule of Vitamin E Oil – Good for your skin and is a natural preservative.
3-5 drops of Vanilla Essential Oil
4-6 drops of Citrus Essential Oil

How to make foaming soap: Instructions

Combine the ingredients and in a measuring cup and use a funnel to pour into the dispenser. Soap will will dispense in an nice foaming lather… and if you kids use the whole bottle in 3 days, you won’t be furious!

Providing you go through your foaming handsoap quickly, the combination of distilled water and the vitamin e should suffice as a preservative, if you need to make this last longer or want to give it as a gift, you’ll want to use a preservative like Germaben 11 or Liquid Germall Plus, I know this is not perfectly natural, but it is preferable to the fungi and bacteria that can grow in the water.


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Please let me know if you have any questions about How to Make Foaming Soap!

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  • Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship September 12, 2009, 11:16 pm

    What is the olive oil for?  Won’t that work against the action of the soap?  Not trying to be confrontational, just curious.  Thanks!  Katie

    • Tania Reuben September 13, 2009, 12:04 am

      I found it a little drying without any oils in it, you can use an oil of your choosing… it’s a small amount. Still foams up perfectly.

  • Nicole September 24, 2009, 1:32 am

    Thank you for this recipe!

  • smilinggreenmom October 23, 2009, 7:20 am

    This is fabulous! I can’t wait to give it a try :) We have to be so careful about what we use on our son’s skin that had the Eczema. His Vidazorb probiotics have made a huge difference but we know that his skin is very sensitive. besides- it’s gotta be cheaper just to make our own right! Thanks, tweeted ya!Lynn

  • Elizabeth November 11, 2009, 8:43 am

    For soap, you are better to use the lowest grade Olive oil you can find, this being Pomace Olive oil, alternatively use either Sunflower or Safflower oil.If you have Eczema, you’ll find that using (just) a small amount of Avocado will make a big difference too.MJ

  • Paula December 28, 2009, 7:04 pm

    Thanks for the recipe! I’ve just been using Dr Bronner’s and water

  • Julie@JulieChats February 27, 2010, 3:17 pm

    Thanks for the recipe, it will be nice to be able to refill my dispenser when it’s empty!

    Hope you had a great VGNO! Stop by & visit when you get a chance, I’m always looking for a few more followers on my blog & FB! http://juliechats.blogspot.com – Thanks! :) -j

  • Joseph Bennett June 11, 2010, 8:52 am

    My ex-wife is into making soap lately. I just put in my order for 6 bars. Good stuff I will have to have her try the foaming hand soap formula. This is how she has been supporting herself lately……

  • Abby C September 12, 2010, 11:56 am

    i made two bottles of this today! all three of my children (ok, not my 13 year old son) squealed with delight! we used a couple of different essential oils.  How fun!!

  • Katie March 16, 2011, 1:05 pm

    I have a scented Dr. Bronner’s…could I do away with the essential oils? Would I add a few drops more of the olive oil?

    • Tania March 16, 2011, 1:27 pm

      You can omit the essential oil without affecting it’s effectiveness…. if you still don’t love the scent, then add a few drops of a complimentary essential oil!

  • Katie March 16, 2011, 2:12 pm

    Thanks Tania! I am so excited to try this out! I have a 14 mo. daughter and we are starting to wash our own hands and I love the idea of a foaming hand soap for her but the commercial products are not only expensive but have an array of ingredients that I’m not too keen on her (possibly) ingesting :)

    • Tania March 16, 2011, 2:33 pm

      This is easier than going to the store when you run out! You’ll save a lot of money too!

  • Stacie June 9, 2012, 3:08 pm

    Do you use liquid Castille Soap, or grated bar soap? 

    • Tania June 11, 2012, 11:17 am

      Yes – Use the liquid Castille Soap!

  • Katie June 13, 2012, 9:28 am

    Hi Tania, did you change the recipe?  I just had to make a new batch an dI see you have vitamin E in the soap now and not olive oil.  Just wonderig if you tweaked it to perfection :)

    • Tania June 13, 2012, 11:25 am

      Yes! I did tweak it! I found that my soap was sometimes getting a slightly off smell – so adding the vitamin E does the conditioning of the olive oil… while serving as a natural preservative. If you are going through a bottle a week… you can use the olive oil (or no oil), but I think many people will enjoy the better shelf life.
      So glad you came back to make it again!

  • Mistie November 30, 2012, 7:10 pm

    Can i use another brand of soap besides casteel? I have an allergy to an ingredient that is in most liquid soap, so i have to be careful. 

    • Tania January 1, 2013, 11:26 pm

      There are a few brands of Castille soap, you could try a regular detergent, but not having tried it… I have no idea what the outcome will be.

  • Abi January 30, 2013, 2:11 pm

    Would this work with any bar soap? I picked up some Olay soap super cheap and would love to reuse my foaming soap containers.

    • Tania February 6, 2013, 1:23 pm

      I can’t see this working with bar soap. It really does need to be a Castille Soap.

  • Liza Berrios May 8, 2013, 5:44 pm

    Great recipe! Can’t wait to give it a try. Do you by chance have a shower gel recipe??

    • Tania May 21, 2013, 12:57 am

      Thanks Liza, I don’t have one at the moment! I might have to work on one though!

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