Making your own homemade foaming hand wash is quick, easy and inexpensive and a great place to start in ditching the toxins from your home.

Homemade foaming hand wash

Homemade foaming hand wash

Years ago, I used to use cheap kids shampoo in my hand wash dispensers to save money. It was a really cost effective way to do it and much less expensive than buying the refills at the supermarket.

I also thought it would be a gentler product than the harsh antibacterial hand washes.

Then I started down the rabbit hole of researching the toxins in our self care products (even in kids shampoo).

You might also like DIY dry shampoo.

Having been diagnosed with PCOS in 2013, I’m well-versed on what a lot of the ingredients in good old supermarket shampoo can do to our bodies including disrupting our poor old hormones but I also know the natural, store-bought alternatives are often quite pricey.

That’s why I make my own. I make everything from face wash to dishwashing liquid and cleaning sprays to hand wash.

Homemade foaming hand wash is ridiculously simple to make.


Using 100% pure essential oils in it (I use and recommend doTERRA) adds the antibacterial cleaning power without the nasties.

Plus you can customise it – a little lavender for calming, peppermint for uplifting, lemongrass & lime to feel like you’re holidaying on a tropical island.

I use On Guard for immune support then add whichever oil I’d like the smell of.

Why I love homemade foaming hand wash:

  • super inexpensive
  • lasts months
  • mess-free for the kids
  • toxin free
  • smells amazing
  • really quick to make


I purchased an empty foaming pump from Aroma Bottles but you could also use an empty foaming hand wash from the supermarket.

If you’d like to sample some essential oils I’d love to help you. Please get in touch via email or via my social media.


Homemade foaming hand wash
Prep time
Total time
  • 200ml filtered (or boiled and cooled) water
  • 20ml castile soap
  • 20 drops 100% pure essential oil
  • A foaming handwash pump
  1. Pour in the castile soap then the oils and fill with water.


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