How to make DIY Foaming Hand Soap in 1 Minute or Less!

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The truth is, it took exactly 44.52 seconds to make one bottle of this DIY foaming hand soap. Yes, I timed myself!

Forget the time savings for just a minute. Let’s talk about money savings!

By making my own foaming hand soap, I save over 70% per bottle! Share on X

Who doesn’t want to save time AND money?!

How to Make DIY Foaming Hand Soap

Let’s get to it. All you need is a foaming hand soap bottle, water, and a concentrated liquid soap of your choice. I use Dr. Bronner’s SAL SUDS or TEA TREE CASTILE SOAP. My cost savings are based on this product. Depending on what you decide to use, you might save even more!

I love this stuff! It’s extremely versatile, smells amazing and it cleans well! You can customize the scent by adding essential oils. I use it to make homemade household cleaners as well. Click here for my homemade disinfecting all-purpose cleaner.

The foaming pump bottles I use are about 16 ounces. I pretty much eyeball everything. But, I figure it’s about two tablespoons of liquid soap in the bottom of the bottle.


Can you see the practically invisible line? Hopefully, my tacky green arrow helps you out!

Now, fill the rest of the bottle with water. I use filtered water from my refrigerator. However, you can use plain old tap water!

*Be careful not to fill the bottle too much or you’ll end up overflowing. And, it may not pump properly with too much water.

Cost Savings

When I actually sat down and did the math for this, I was surprised! My original motive behind using Dr. Bronner’s was more about using fewer chemicals. The money savings was just a bonus! Read more about Dr. Bronner’s products here.

I buy Dr. Bronner’s SAL SUDS on Amazon at $14.99 for 32 oz. And, sometimes I buy the TEA TREE CASTILE SOAP. One 32 oz bottle lasts my family of five about nine months. (I know this because Amazon keeps track of my purchases, don’t tell my husband that.)



I have three foaming hand soap pumps that I refill every two weeks or so. Over the course of nine months, that is eighteen times I refill the bottles.

18 x 3=54 bottles.

$14.99 divided by 54 = 0.2775925926.

Round up to $.28. Twenty-eight cents per bottle! The cheapest I have ever gotten hand soap for at the store was $.50. And, that was ONLY with coupons plus a sale! For the cheap chemical-laden garbage most likely tested on animals. Not good for the environment and not good for you!

DIY foaming hand soap

If you’re not an online shopper, don’t despair! I have seen Dr. Bronner’s at my local Kroger affiliate store. Priced at $19.99 for 32oz. That’s still only $.37 per bottle of foaming hand soap! You can’t go wrong!

DIY Foaming Hand Wash Printable Recipe

Prep Time1 minute
Servings: 16 oz


  • 16 oz foaming hand soap bottle


  • 2 tbsp Dr. Bronners castile soap
  • 3/4 cup water
  • essential oils of your choice. Optional


  • Add liquid castile soap to the bottom of your foaming hand soap container.
  • Pour in water and replace the foaming pump. Add 10-15 drops of essential oil if you like.
  • Give it a good shake and use as needed.


Leigh Ann ♥


Leigh Ann Schooley is the owner and founder of Making My Abode, a blog dedicated to helping homemakers live well and simply on one income. She is a believer, wife, and mother of three with more than sixteen years of homemaking experience. Leigh Ann is the recipient of the Wife of The Year award eighteen years running. She has also won the Mother of The Year award every year for the past sixteen years. She is a Colorado native raised by her dad who taught her almost everything she knows. Leigh Ann lives with her husband and family in Colorado.

10 comments on “How to make DIY Foaming Hand Soap in 1 Minute or Less!

  1. Hellom I dont know why some images are missing. What is the recipe for the hand soap? How much water do you add? What is the ratio of water versus Dr Brommer?

    • Hi Taylor,
      I’m not sure why you’re not seeing some images. I have checked for any errors and I’m not getting any on my end. Anyway, I usually just eyeball it but the recipe is: For a 16 oz foaming pump 2TBS Dr. Bronner’s and 3/4 cup water. Thanks for asking and I will be sure to add a recipe to the post! ♥

    • I found this beautiful amber foam pump at my local Walmart a while back! I just tried searching for it on but could not find it or anything similar. They did have some on Amazon that looked really nice but they were plastic.

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