I’ve been making my own DIY Foaming Hand Soap refills with castile soap for a while. I couldn’t get over the environmental and financial cost of constantly buying foaming hand soap refills. Each bag of method soap refill from Target only filled three bottles and cost $6. The bulky bags also took up a lot of room in my toiletries closet.
I looked up a recipe for Foaming Hand Soap and ended up really loving the result. One bottle of Castile soap from Amazon lasts me a really long time. Add a couple of ingredients you probably already have on hand (water and a little olive oil) and you’re set–no expensive trips to Target or Walmart required.
How to Make Your Own DIY Foaming Hand Soap
Ingredients for Foaming Hand Soap
How To Make Your Own Foaming Hand Soap
Save Time–Make a Double Batch of Foaming Hand Soap
I keep a few extra foaming hand soap dispensers on hand. That way, when I run out of soap, I can make a double batch that lasts me twice as long. Remember that if your soap will not be used within a few weeks, you might achieve better results with distilled or boiled water.
Scented or Unscented Castile Soap – Variety of Scents
The Science Behind Soap–Why Castile Soap May Be Better
Is Castile Soap as Effective as Antibacterial Soap?
The short answer is yes. The longer answer is that you might be better off with old fashioned soap, like Castile soap, as the FDA takes issue with the most common ingredient in antibacterial soap–Triclosan.
“According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there isn’t enough science to show that over-the-counter (OTC) antibacterial soaps are better at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water. To date, the benefits of using antibacterial hand soap haven’t been proven. In addition, the wide use of these products over a long time has raised the question of potential negative effects on your health.”
How Regular Soap (surfactants) works versus Antibacterial Soap
“While regular soap works by mechanically removing germs from your hands, antibacterial soap contains chemicals that can kill bacteria or inhibit their growth. And apparently that old wash-off-the-germs method works just as well as the kill-them-on-contact approach.”