DIY foaming hand soap recipe – my newest favorite money saver!

Oct 03 2016
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Many of you reading this are going to be wondering why the heck I hadn’t figured this one out a lot sooner. 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.

Homemade DIY foaming hand soap recipe using castile soap, castor oil and thyme, lavender and tangerine essential oils, frugal money saver

Here’s the recipe I’m using right now (affiliate links):

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!

Homemade DIY foaming hand soap recipe using castile soap, castor oil and thyme, lavender and tangerine essential oils, frugal money saver

Guys, it works really well! I 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 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 I really like. It’s lovely and light, does not leave a hard core “after smell” and the foam leaves your hands feeling really clean.

Homemade DIY foaming hand soap recipe using castile soap, castor oil and thyme, lavender and tangerine essential oils, frugal money saver

Like making your own homemade soaps, saving money and keeping a healthier household? Then you might like my other three recipes too! (I spend only $10.50 a year on laundry detergent and only .10 a load in my dishwasher!)

Homemade DIY foaming hand soap recipe using castile soap, castor oil and thyme, lavender and tangerine essential oils, frugal money saverMake money by shopping online by using Ebates!


  1. October 4, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Love this idea and the dispenser you got is gorgeous! We just moved into a new house and as we run out of cleaners with chemicals I can’t pronounce, I want to start making my own. I will definitely try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

    • October 4, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      Heather, that’s how we did it too! Slowly but surely all of our house cleaners, soaps etc. I change to my own natural recipes as soon as we ran out of the other stuff! Thanks for coming by!

  2. Nancy F Lambert
    October 10, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Thank You

  3. November 30, 2016 at 1:00 am

    OMG! I need to try this! Thank you Tarah for an awesome soap recipe, pinning it for later! One question tho – does this soup dries the skin like other soaps do, my daughter has super sensitive skin would you recommend this soap for sensitive hands?

    • November 30, 2016 at 3:55 pm

      Hi there! I have pretty sensitive skin myself and one thing I found right away is that it can dry your hands out when used frequently which is why I added the castor oil which made a big difference! I would make the soap without essential oils first (or with just a couple drops) for a “trial” run just to be sure it doesn’t bother her 🙂 Hope that helps, thanks for coming by!

  4. December 19, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    I love this! I use to make all my laundry soap, facial cleanser, and dishwasher soap myself. I have blog posts about it too. I love the hand soap though! We go through a lot of it. That dispenser is very cute and I think I’m going to have to buy one!



    P.S. I found you through the Over The Moon Link Party 🙂

  5. December 20, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    Thanks for sharing at the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

    • December 20, 2016 at 3:07 pm

      Thanks for coming by Helen!

  6. December 23, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Tarah, this is on my list for the new year! Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Cecilia

    • December 27, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      Hope you had a wonderful holiday Cecilia, thanks for stopping by!

  7. December 29, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Love this idea. Something I have wanted to do for a while and just have not gotten around to it.
    Thanks for sharing your “recipe” 🙂

    • December 30, 2016 at 4:29 pm

      Thanks Sandra, you can use a couple tablespoons of regular hand soap too and save a bundle!

  8. December 31, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Oh this is wonderful!! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe on the Homestead Blog Hop, I have been wanting to make my own hand soap…and now I can! 🙂

  9. Jann Olson
    January 3, 2017 at 2:11 am

    Thanks for sharing your recipe with SYC. I love the dispenser you chose!

  10. January 3, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    Hi Tarah, What a neat project! I bet your soap smells divine, too! I may have to try this! Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Janet

    • January 4, 2017 at 3:55 pm

      Thank you, it does smell wonderful and even my husband loves it!

  11. January 11, 2017 at 1:43 am

    I love foaming hand soap, so thanks for this recipe! I love that bottle that you chose. 🙂


  12. January 12, 2017 at 12:45 am

    I bet this smells heavenly! Like so many others, my skin gets very dry this time of year and this is a great tip. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, have a great week.

    • January 12, 2017 at 5:27 pm

      Hey Sandra, it really works great to keep your hands clean but not dried out! Thanks for coming by!

  13. January 12, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    I’ve made my own hand soap before, but never thought to make a foaming version (even though I love foaming soaps)! Thanks for sharing your tutorial at Funtastic Friday!

    • January 12, 2017 at 7:59 pm

      I love foaming soaps because they use so much less soap! Thanks for coming by Donella!

  14. January 13, 2017 at 4:15 am

    Oh! This sounds so lovely. The combination of herbs and citrus are probably perfect. Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

  15. January 23, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    What a great gift for someone! 🙂

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  16. March 31, 2017 at 1:25 am

    I am going to try this, I have been wanting to make some of my own soaps but have not done it yet. Also, I love the story on your about me section! Grandma’s house sounds awesome.

    • March 31, 2017 at 2:37 pm

      Thank you Michele! I should have mentioned in the post too just getting those foaming dispensers and filling them have with regular soap can save a lot of money too!

  17. April 15, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    This is a great idea! 🙂

  18. July 20, 2017 at 1:37 am

    I love the essential oils you chose, I love that this is all natural and I love that it is so inexpensive. A winner all around.

    • July 20, 2017 at 2:33 pm

      Thank you Elise, have a great weekend!

  19. July 23, 2017 at 6:07 am

    Your soap must smell amazing and like you say its a nice combination of masculine and feminine scents.

  20. July 25, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    I bet it smells divine Tarah

    • July 25, 2017 at 7:57 pm

      Thanks Amber and it gets the fishy smell off too!

  21. March 20, 2018 at 12:24 am

    I really love this idea – I might even give it a whirl! #Dreamteam

    • March 20, 2018 at 9:09 am

      Thanks Lydia, have a great week!

  22. March 21, 2018 at 11:33 am

    We go through a lot of hand soap at home (I think the kids like playing with it more than really washing their hands), so this is perfect for us. Thank you for sharing the tutorial at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned.

    • March 21, 2018 at 11:39 am

      That’s great Teresa! This recipe saved me a ton of money, is easy to make and really works well!

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