Many of you reading this are going to be wondering why the heck I hadn’t figured this one out a lot sooner. Here’s the truth, between wedding gifts and Christmas gifts, Joe and I have had a surplus of extra hand soap to use up for months now. (Note: soap of any kind makes a lovely gift and we so appreciated it!) So, I hadn’t been able to start making our own foaming hand soap until now so I’ve literally been waiting lol. In the mean time I’ve been looking around Amazon for the right foaming hand soap dispenser and finally ended up on the one you see in the pictures. It is not the least expensive (by far) but I’m a firm believer in quality when I’m going to be purchasing anything new and I also thought it looked nice. Besides, the reviews on it are very good and this foaming hand soap pump really needs to last to pay for itself. It also has a cool little suction cup on the bottom that keeps it in place.
Here’s the recipe I’m using right now (affiliate links):
- 1 Tablespoon Dr. Bronner’s Castile Liquid Soap
- 1 Tablespoon Organic Castor Oil
- Cuisipro 13.2-Ounce Foam Pump
- 5 drops Lavender oil
- 10 drops Tangerine oil
- 5 drops Thyme oil
The foaming hand soap pump I have listed there that we’re using actually has a liquid soap line on the bottom so you know exactly how much to add though I added a little less then that. After using the soap for a few weeks when it was time to make the recipe again I knew I needed to add an oil of some kind. I always have organic Castor oil around because I use it in my Body Butter recipe by whipping it up with organic coconut oil. I figured there was no hurt in trying to see if it would work! I’m sure almond oil or any good quality oil would work fine here too and you don’t NEED to add it. However, without that tablespoon of oil added this soap will clean your hands wonderfully and leave them dry 🙂 I then added the essential oils and filled the rest of the pump (carefully and slowly) with water and that’s it! SO easy!
Guys, it works really well! We absolutely love it. The idea of using tangerine oil, lavender oil and thyme oil together was my just mixing throughout the last couple of months to find a combination that both Joe and I would like. At first I just used Lavendar and Tangerine and, of course, that smelled wonderful! I added the Thyme though and it gave it really neat earthy quality that we both really like. And it is! It’s lovely and light, does not leave a hard core “after smell” and the foam leaves your hands feeling really clean – far more so then if we were just using liquid soap. (I got the A+ approval rating from my somehow-always-has-very-dirty-hands husband.) I’m going to be buying two more foam pumps eventually to put at our kitchen and main bathroom sinks too, at one of the sinks we already had a foam pump from some foaming hand soap we bought that I’m using there.
I’m trying to figure out the math on this so bear with me as I ramble forward. We (on average) use about one liquid soap container per sink every 4 months so that comes to about 9 liquid soap containers per year. On average that’s around $40 – give or take – entirely dependent on what type of liquid and/or foaming soap we were using and the size of the bottle etc. So now with our new foaming hand soap: the cost of the amount of liquid soap I used was only about 40 cents. So, if we use 9 of these a year it will cost us less then $3.60 a year for hand soap for all three sinks. Wow. So, with the cost of these pumps at $13 a pump they will pay for themselves in less then a year so, after that we’ll be saving about $36 a year. Not bad! 🙂 And, of course, the added perk of using a much healthier option then the liquid soaps out there that are full of additives and artificial ingredients is just awesome!
Like making your own homemade soaps, saving money and keeping a healthier household? Then you might like my other three recipes too! (We spend only $10.50 a year on laundry detergent and only .10 a load in our dishwasher!)
Laundry detergent – Homemade and only $3.50 for four gallons!
Two ingredient and inexpensive homemade body butter!