Let’s talk about hand soap for a second. Are you a foam or gel fan? I’m firmly on team foam. The pumps are usually easier for little hands, and foam just seems to rachet up the fun factor. I used to spend crazy amounts of money buying plastic pump bottles for every bathroom.
I shudder to think about the money I’ve saved since learning how crazy easy it is to make your own foaming hand soap. After learning to make my own body wash, I started to think, I should be adding those same moisturizing ingredients to hand soap. Eureka!
My body wash included honey and coconut oil. For hand soap, I went with almond oil so that things wouldn’t separate as much. Honey is a natural humectant, meaning it attracts moisture from the air, and the oil nicely counteracts the drying effects of the soap.
If you have a nut allergy, try using a different oil or even vegetable glycerin. And if you love coconut oil, try this homemade hand soap that’s also naturally antibacterial. You can also add essential oils for a bit of natural antibacterial action (here are 10 good essential oils for cleaning).
And I’ve decided it’s time to invest in a few glass soap containers. Can’t say enough good things about Rail 19. (Not an affiliate link!) The bottles aren’t cheap, but they are sturdy and I love the clean, simple design.
Honey Castile Foaming Hand Soap
- 8 ounce pump bottle
- Add soap, honey and oil to your hand soap bottle.
- Fill the rest of the bottle with hot water.
- Replace top and swirl ingredients to mix and combine. Don't vigorously shake - you'll just end up with a lot of bubbles.
Photos by Ana Stanciu79