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Easy Homemade Foaming Hand Soap Recipe


Did you know you can make your own homemade foaming hand soap? So cool, right?!

Honestly, I didn’t think foaming hand soap was worth getting worked up about when I first heard about it… but then I had kids.

Image shows hand soap, essential oils vials, and text that reads "Easy Homemade Foaming Hand Soap"

After wasting who knows how much soap with them pumping it into their hands, I realized there was something to this having a dispenser that pumped out mostly air bubbles!

I bought my first foaming hand soap dispenser through Young living because their Thieves soap (or really, Thieves ANYTHING) is amazing. It smells amazing, and it cleans and kills germs like nobody’s business.

This picture shows a hand soap container sitting on a counter with text that reads "Easy DIY Foaming Hand Soap"

But now that I have the dispenser, it’s a lot cheaper to use liquid Castile soap, or homemade liquid soap as a refill, and add my own Thieves and lemon essential oils than it is to buy actual Thieves foaming hand soap refills.

This foaming hand soap sits next to the sink in the kids’ bathroom, and it’s what we use every day for hand washing. Everywhere else (i.e. our showers), you’ll find bar soap. Usually goat milk soap, like this rosemary-mint goat milk soap, or oatmeal lavender goat milk soap, and occasionally, a bar of coffee scrub soap.

Image shows a hand soap dispenser next to two vials of essential oil

Everything has its place, right? The kids bathroom is definitely the place for foaming hand soap!

While I adore Thieves essential oil, and its germ killing capabilities, if that’s not your flavor, I’d encourage you to check out our essential oil blends recipes, and find one you love. There are a lot of anti-microbial essential oils you can use in your hand soap, and that will make your hands smell fresh and clean.

This foaming hand soap is so easy!

Easy Homemade Foaming Hand Soap Recipe


  • Foaming soap pump
  • Castile soap or homemade liquid soap
  • Distilled water
  • Vitamin E or fractionated coconut oil
  • Preferred essential oils


  1. Pour 2 tablespoons of castile soap or homemade liquid soap into the empty soap container.
  2. Then pour in a tablespoon of vitamin E or fractionated coconut oil.
  3. Add a total of 12-15 drops of your choice of essential oils. (I like to use 7 drops Thieves, 7 drops lemon)
  4. Top with distilled water, twist the pump top on give it a good shake to get it nice and blended together.
  5. Use as needed

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  1. Hi Elise!
    I just made a bottle of your foaming soap in a empty Bath and Body Works container lol. It’s amazing !!
    Thank you so much for sharing that recipe.

  2. How do you make a foaming hand soap that doesn’t leave a residue feeling?
    The castiel soap is too drying for my family.

  3. Can I make up the concentrated portion (without water) to give out as gifts with a dispenser and then just add instructions to add water? I am assuming it would be fine, but wondered about the “shelf life” of the concentrate. Thanks!

  4. I would love to learn how to make goat milk foaming hand soap. Really hard to find a recipe for that. Have you ever tried that.

  5. Can I use goats milk instead of water for a goats milk foaming hand soap or Is that s whole different soap. Didn’t know I could make soap without lye.

  6. Can I add goat milk powder to this. If so will it be shelf stable or do I need to add a preservative ?

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