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How to Make Foaming Hand Soap

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Learn how to make this easy homemade foaming hand soap with natural ingredients like castile soap and essential oils.

Liquid Hand Soap made from scratch in a glass mason jar with soap pump topper

There are some things that are so easy to make yourself once you get it down. One of those things is liquid hand soap.

The recipe I’m sharing with you works really well and it’s easy to make even if you’re new to making your own homemade beauty products.

One of the best things about making your own DIY beauty and personal care products is that you can choose the scents using essential oils. While this recipe calls for lavender and tea tree essential oils, feel free to substitute your favorite oils.

Cinnamon and orange can be a nice combination. So can spearmint and fir needle. No matter which essential oil scents you choose, this DIY liquid hand soap is very moisturizing and smells great!

Pint sized mason jar filled with homemade hand soap and topped with a pump attachment in a bathroom

How to Make Foaming Hand Soap

This DIY hand soap is easy to make and you can customize it with your favorite essential oils too.
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Prep Time: 2 minutes
Active Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Makes: 1 Pint


  • 3/4 cup castile soap
  • 3/4 cup distilled water
  • 1 tablespoon  vitamin E oil
  • 1 tablespoon sweet almond oil - or jojoba oil
  • 10-15 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 5-10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 1 tablespoon glycerin


  • 16 ounce glass jar
  • Foaming soap pump top


  • In a pint-sized mason jar, add the water first (to prevent bubbles) then the liquid castile soap, followed by the oils.
    Hand soap in mason jar that's foamy
  • Top your mason jar with a rust proof foaming soap pump or you can get a whole kit (which is sometimes less expensive!).
    Mason jar soap pump fixture on blue towel
  • Shake the jar to combine the ingredients then replace the lid and keep by the sink.
    Close up of homemade soap in pint sized mason jar


Shake the soap dispenser before each use, and then pump a small amount into your hands as needed for cleansing. The foaming pump dispenser makes your hand soap last longer.

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3 thoughts on “How to Make Foaming Hand Soap”

  1. These sound skin nourishing, body nurturing, and wonderful gift skin care recipes. I’m off to make a few of those now! Super excited! Thank you! 👑❤️

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