Well with this virus still in full effect, we’ve started to run low on hand soap! I’ve always bought foaming hand soap as I love how it lathers and lasts longer than liquid soap.

I have made my own for a while and it work really well, is inexpensive and is natural- free of some nasty ingredients you may find in other hand soaps.

You can get some decent foaming hand soap pumps on amazon. I like these glass ones, but they also sell some pretty good plastic ones. The only thing is if you want to reuse them for a while, the glass ones will last a lot longer as essential oils don’t last as long in plastic as they do in glass.

You can also save your old foaming hand soap dispensers like I am doing today and reuse them a few times. Over time certain pure essential oils can damage and dissolve some plastics, so it’s best to really get a glass dispenser if you plan to continue making your own hand soap for years to come.

You’ll only need a few ingredients for your own homemade foaming hand soap!

  • foaming hand soap dispenser bottle
  • castile soap
  • fractionated coconut oil
  • essential oils (your choice)

**Make sure to read the notes section below for some of my favorite antibacterial essential oils

DIY Foaming Hand Soap

Author Melissa Crowe


  • 4 TBSP unscented castile soap
  • 2 tsp fractionated coconut oil
  • 15 drops essential oils (see notes below for different options)
  • filtered or distilled water


  1. In a clean foaming hand soap dispenser, add in the castile soap, fractionated coconut oil and your choice of essential oils. Top the rest of the bottle off with filtered or distilled water.

  2. Shake up gently and your soap is ready to use!

Recipe Notes

Antibacterial Essential Oil Options:

  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Tea Tree¬†
  • Lemongrass
  • Sweet Orange
  • Peppermint
  • Bergamot
  • Eucalyptus¬†

See which ones you like best! Try just one, or mix a few together for a unique scent. Do some research on these oils as they all have amazing properties and benefits!

I personally love just plain lavender for my bathrooms and lemon for the kitchen. But I enjoy adding in others once in a while to make a new combination.

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