DIY Non-Toxic Foaming Handsoap

Who doesn’t love a luscious foaming hand soap?

Even better if it’s non-toxic foaming handsoap!

There are some great natural brands out there making non-toxic, healthy and velvety foaming hand soaps. I recommend going to EWGís Skin Deep Cosmetic Database page on liquid hand soaps (which does include foaming soaps) if you want to buy some. For a 10 oz. container prices range from $4 Ė $10.

Please consider using the non-toxic versions for several reasons, not the least of which is that the regular commercial brands tend to have things like triclosan in them, which is a nasty endocrine inhibitor that is bad for us and very bad for our water systems and the creatures that encounter it in the environment. And thatís just ONE of the known icky things we should be wary of.

Last year I stumbled upon a number of recipes for DIY non-toxic foaming soap, so I saved a few of the foaming soap dispensers I had and made my own! It’s definitely cheaper and everyone in the household loves it and screams bloody murder when it runs out. I was shocked just how easy it is, and I really like knowing exactly what’s in my soap, especially since Iím a little bit of an obsessive hand-washer!

I spent time calculating the cost of the ingredients, which you will see below and did some fancy math and figured it costs about $2.00 to make your own (this cost does not include any new foaming dispenser expense, which if you refill a few times pays for itself anyway).

Green Diva Megís Non-Toxic DIY Foaming Hand Soap

What You Need:


What to do:


In a 10oz. foaming soap container, mix:

  • 1/4 cup of the Dr. Bronnerís
  • about 1/4 capful or about 10 drops of the tea tree oil
  • if you are using Unscented Baby Mild Castile Soap—6 drops of lavender oil (or organic scented oil of your choice!)
  • if you are using the Lavender Castile Liquid Soap—3 drops of lavender oil
  • add clean water to almost the top, leaving room for the pump works to fit in without overflowing (we have a great filtration system in our house that remineralizes and corrects the alkalinity after reverse osmosis, but whatever filtered water you feel good about)
  • Giver er a shake and voila!


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Written by Green Diva Meg McWilliams.

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Jayasri Amma
Jayasri Amma3 years ago

Thank you!

Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen3 years ago

Thank you

Barb Hansen
Ba H3 years ago

finding the right pump is the problem though

Jim Ven
Jim Ven3 years ago

useful information, thank you.

Nikki Davey
Nikki Davey3 years ago


Yvonne Wey3 years ago

Interesting thanks for sharing

dagmar karin dag
dagmar karin dag3 years ago

Muchas gracias

Janet B.
Janet B3 years ago


ERIKA S3 years ago

thank you