DIY All-Natural Foaming Hand Soap

An all-natural, toxin-free hand soap you can whip up in minutes (literally!).

I started making my own hand soap for a few reasons; 1) Because it was way more cost-effective; 2) It was better for the environment, as I didn’t go through so many plastic dispenser bottles, and the ingredients used were less harmful on our beautiful oceans and ecosystems; 3) It’s all-natural, so no toxic ingredients making their way into my body; and 4) It allowed me to avoid anything antibacterial.

Antibacterial soaps and products have been shown to impact the gut microbiome (gut bacteria) in a negative way. Exposing the body to these antibacterial substances has led to the development of antibiotic resistance, and may be a contributing factor to hormone disruption, too. The overuse of these chemicals has even taken its toll on the environment; when washed away down the sink, these chemicals enter our waterways, and even after treatment, these chemicals are still being found in waterways and streams all over the world. Algae and marine life appear to be most affected, showing alarming rates of these chemicals in their blood.

But we need antibacterial chemicals to properly clean our hands…

Actually, this may not be true. Plain soap and water have been proven to be just as effective as antibacterial soaps, without the risk. This homemade natural soap is not antibacterial, but still works just as well.

Note: If you are concerned about the lack of antibacterial ingredients included in this foaming soap recipe, you can add some natural antibacterial ingredients for yourself. Simply include things like fractionated coconut oil, and a blend of germ-fighting essential oils like peppermint, eucalyptus, clove, tea tree, and cinnamon leaf (if you have sensitive skin, use less essential oils).

Before we get started in learning how to make this natural foaming soap – if you like what you’re seeing, subscribe to my email newsletter at the bottom of the page to keep up to date on the latest recipes, DIYs, gardening and health tips I share!!

I bring this handwash everywhere with me, and keep it in this little pump bottle for easy application (it’s great to use for those times at public restrooms, when the soap’s run out…)

If you make this foaming soap, please let me know! Leave a comment below, and if you take a picture and share it, please tag me on Instagram @simplynaturalnessa or use the hashtag #simplynaturalnessa so I can see! I’d love to know how you went!

DIY Foaming Hand Soap

Before beginning, find a foaming hand soap dispenser; either buy a bottle of natural foaming hand soap and reuse the bottle after the soap has been used, or ask a friend if you can use their finished soap dispenser.



  1. Add the water to soap dispenser (you want to add the water first, not the soap, otherwise it will create bubbles), leaving about 1-2 inches at the top.
  2. Add the liquid castile soap, oil and essential oils, then close the lid and lightly swish to mix.
  3. Before use, gently swish to ensure the ingredients aren’t separated, then use as you would any regular foaming soap.

As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products. It’s important to check with a doctor before taking this or any new product, especially if taking any other medicine or supplement or if pregnant or nursing. Be sure to check ingredients to make sure there is no risk of an allergic reaction.

Have you made soap before in the past? What recipe did you use? Share in the comments below.

Lots of love,

🖤 Vanessa


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