We love using essential oil foaming hand soap, but we do not love buying it or the refills. Because… the price!
So I figured out how to make our own.
Why is this so great?
Obviously, benefit #1 is that you'll save money over buying it. The essential oil foaming hand soap refills are pricey!
However, you'll not only save money over buying the refill soap mixture for your dispensers, but foaming hand soap in general is a great alternative to bars or pumps of straight soap. This is because you use a tiny bit of soap in a foaming hand soap dispenser (it's mostly water inside) and this allows your liquid soap to go way, way, way, way further. Like 20x further, if I was to guess!
Next, the children can get involved. Such a simple recipe and a great task for them to do! We have 3 of these — one at each sink — and refill them all at the same time.
Finally, your soap can be truly good for you. Use a good base soap (I use Dr. Bronner's) and essential oils with anti-bacterial and cleansing properties. I use this immune boosting essential oil blend. No worries about toxicity, and you can adjust to suit.
Need a dispenser? Well, you can buy them here — or you can repurpose a cheap one. If you don't have one already, you could buy a cheapo just to empty it out and fill it with good stuff. Not that I'm encouraging waste, mind you!
And now for the recipe…
Homemade Essential Oil Foaming Hand Soap
We love using essential oil infused foaming hand soap, but we do not love the price on the refills. 😉 So I figured out how to make our own refills. Use whatever essential oil you prefer; I'm using this immune boosting blend. This is a great task to get the children involved in, plus you can stretch your soap A LOT farther because you need so little soap in a refill -- it's mostly water!
- 1 foaming hand soap dispenser
- water preferably soft
- 2 tablespoons liquid castile soap such as Dr. Bronner's
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon liquid oil such as almond avocado, grapeseed, or olive
- 10 to 15 dops anti-bacterial essential oil such as lavender, peppermint or blend
Pour water to fill within 1" of the top of the dispenser. You need enough room for the other ingredients and to put the pump lid back on.
Add liquid soap, oil, and essential oils.
Replace pump lid.
Dispense soap as needed. Use and enjoy!
Do you make your own foaming hand soap refills? What are your favorite essential oils to add?
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