Make Your Own DIY Foaming Hand Soap & Hand Sanitizer!

Why bother buying hand soap and hand sanitizer when you can easily make your own for very little? Don’t answer—rhetorical question! I love these DIY hand soap and DIY hand sanitizer recipes and they are my go-to now for all my household soap needs.

These recipes are beyond simple and use ingredients like castile soap, water, and essential oils—which is the most fun because you can customize the scent to your liking. I also added sweet almond oil and vitamin E oil (taken from cheap capsules) to up the moisturizing properties.

I am also advocating that you upcycle old soap pumps and hand sanitizer bottles, too. High-five, environment!

These recipes leave my hands squeaky clean, smelling great and feeling moisturized. The soap is also super gentle and uses simple, natural ingredients that really go the distance. I hope you try these easy recipes today and let me know what you think!


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  1. Mom & housecalls massage therapist with animal allergies. I wash my hands 0-8×/waking hour. Average is ×3/hr. Thanks for the oil in the sanitizer idea!

  2. good info! do you know whether the castile soap by itself will foam when used in a foaming dispenser? i want to make a non-alcohol hand sanitizer that can just be rubbed into your hands and will then dry. i’ll be using 1.3% benzalkonium chloride to kill germs and viruses, but the foaming part (and not needing to wash with water) are important. i want to give them to my patients.

    • Tried liquid Castile Soap in my Sanitizer and you have to use enough soap to make it foam or it is still liquid. The amount of soap you have to use will make your hands soapy enough you will have to wash them.


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