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DIY chemical-free foaming hand soap


Ok guys, this has to be the easiest DIY ever. EVER.

In fact I wasn’t even sure it was worth a post, but its actually something that I’ve found to be really useful, much better for your health and has even saved me a fair bit of money.

So, it’s the little things in life that give me pleasure.

Things like foaming hand soap.

Because it’s about five times more fun than regular hand soap, even though it’s basically just watered down regular hand soap. That’s right! The trick is all in the dispenser.

You can make the foaming version using any old liquid hand soap but in my household we try to avoid all products that contain synthetic, chemical detergents such as sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate because they are skin, eye and respiratory tract irritants and are toxic to your organs and the environment, plus the fact that they are often contaminated with a compound called 1,4-dioxane, which is a suspected carcinogen (yikes!).

And don’t be fooled by old mate cocamidopropyl betaine either.

I’ve seen him popping up in a lot of so called ‘natural’ products of late, but that sneaky bastard’s just trying to trick you with his ‘derived from coconut oil’ disguise while hiding the fact that he actually won the 2004 Allergen of the Year award from the American Contact Dermatitis Society.

So what do I use in my foaming hand soap?

Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile liquid soap. Reason being it’s a good old fashioned soap made from whole oils and not a detergent (most liquid hand soaps are actually not soap but detergents made from petrochemicals).

Dr Bronners Almond Liquid Soap

Dr Bronner’s uses organic coconut, olive, hemp and jojoba oils which are great for your skin, and because you only need to use a tiny little bit for each batch, one bottle will last you basically forever, or at least a few months anyway (I get mine from Nourished Life, and if you’d like 10% off use the coupon code SHOP at checkout!)

What you need:

  1. Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile liquid soap (they come in all sorts of flavours. Flavours? I like the almond one (no surprise there))

  2. Water

  3. A foaming soap dispenser. I got mine from Daiso –  that cute Japanese store that sells pretty much everything you need in life for $2.80 a piece (good luck getting out of there with only a soap dispenser. I also left with a vegetable peeler-slash-julienner, a hair brush, a padlock and a packet of wasabi seaweed snacks)


  1. Mix 1 part Dr Bronner’s Pure-Castile liquid soap to 8 parts cold water in the dispenser.

That’s it.

The end.



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