Take just a few minutes to make this easy diy liquid foaming soap (or regular liquid soap) with all-natural Castile soap and essential oils.
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I have been meaning to share some of the homemade cleaning recipes I use with you for awhile (meaning: years…sheesh), so when I learned that Grove Collaborative had added Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap to it’s product list I knew it was the perfect time to post my all-time favorite way to use Castile soap- in a super easy diy liquid foaming soap!
You will not believe how easy this is to make – and that it consists of only Castile soap, water, and a few essential oils of your choice. That’s it. Don’t you love it? You don’t have to only buy store soaps that have whatever in them (seriously, what?) – you can quickly make your own whenever you need it!
DIY Liquid Foaming Soap
Now, I have to tell you that I wasn’t so sure about a foaming version. I’ve been making regular liquid soap for years and I use it for both hand washing and dish washing – no need for two bottles on the sink, one does it all. So easy.
Note: For the regular liquid soap you dilute the Castile soap with water in a 1:1 ratio, for example 1/2 c. soap to 1/2 c. water. You will find this along with the foaming soap in the full, printable recipe.
So when I read (in this article that also has other Castile soap uses you may want to check out) that you could dilute to a 1:4 ratio for a foaming soap, I had my doubts. I mean, Castile soap is made from 100 percent plant oils with no animal products (like tallow), synthetic preservatives, detergents or foaming agents (making Castile soap completely biodegradable and very earth-friendly). How could it be a foaming soap with no foaming agents?
Guess what? I don’t know how, but it really does make an awesome foaming soap! Same ingredients as the liquid soap recipe, just more water (saving more money, yes!) and when you use a recycled foaming soap dispenser, out comes perfect foaming soap. I love it, since I like using foaming soap because it seems to last a lot longer for us.
Need a foaming soap dispenser?
- I made the dispenser pictured in these photos from a vintage mason jar and zinc cap, the kind that had a hole in it (I think it was used with glass lids?): I used metal snips to cut the hole bigger and hot-glued a recycled foaming soap dispenser to the top.
- You can do the same thing with reproduction zinc lids, since they don’t have the white caps inside them like most vintage zinc lids do (you’ll just need to actually cut a hole in the top)
- OR you can spend a few dollars more and buy zinc lids with the holes already cut!
- You can also use your own jars and simply buy these oil-rubbed bronze looking lids with foaming dispensers attached (and even waterproof labels).
- If you want a sleeker look, here’s a link for an inexpensive all white bottle
- And here’s a slightly more expensive all silver metal foaming soap dispenser.
Tip: A nice bottle full of this soap with a label telling the ingredients makes a GREAT gift!
Making your own DIY liquid foaming soap is really economical, too – the 32-oz bottle of Castile soap lasts a long time when you only use 1/4 c. to 1/2 c. at a time.
Our foaming soap lives in our kitchen and last for 2-3 weeks, depending on how many people are using it. You only use a few drops of essential oils, too, making this well under $1 for 1 cup of liquid soap.
It’s a good return on time and investment, right?
DIY Liquid Foaming Soap (or Regular Liquid Soap)
- Pint mason jar
- Foaming soap pump
For Foaming Liquid Soap:
- 1/4 cup liquid Castile soap
- 1 cup water
For Regular Liquid Soap:
- 1/2 cup liquid Castile soap
- 1/2 cup water this dilutes the soap, no further dilution is needed
For both soap types:
- 5 drops lemon or orange essential oil your choice - lavender is nice, too
- 4 drops eucalyptus oil for antiseptic and antibacterial properties
- Combine your choice of soap-to-water ratio and the essential oils in a pint jar and stir gently to fully mix.
- Use a regular recycled pump or foaming pump, depending on the ratio of soap to water you used to pump the soap out of your jar (or simply recycle an old soap container).
- Use for washing both hands and dishes - it's biodegradable and skin-friendly.
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