Tuesday, August 28, 2012

DIY foaming hand soap

Once the kids could wash their own hands, I made the choice to use foaming hand soap.  They just don't get all the soap off their hands with the gel or glycerine kind.  Aside from that, it seems like the foaming kind lasts longer in our house.  

Until now, my favorite kind to buy was Method because they had refills you could purchase and it was a more environmentally friendly way of buying vs. buying a new bottle every time.  Each refill would last one dispenser for a good month or two, depending on the location of the soap (the downstairs bathroom has the most traffic, so we refill that one the most).  


Not because I found out it was laced with lead, or because they changed packaging and was therefore less environmentally friendly.  It's because I can make it more economically at home by using what you see in this picture.  (Note: I added the essential oil because the soap I had on hand was unscented.  I like hand soap to smell nice.  It is not necessary.)
  • Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap
  • Foam soap dispenser (I used empty Method dispensers... they still work)
  • Water
The formula is 1 part Dr. Bronner's Soap to 4 parts hot water.  Shake it around to mix, and voila!  You have made your own foaming hand soap.   
Dr. Bronner's Soap:  $15 for a 32oz bottle, which would make 128oz of soap when you add water (.12c/oz)
 Method:  $4 for an 8oz new bottle (.50c/oz, and all that plastic... ugh)
Method Refill: $6 for 28oz (.21/oz)
So, I can make an 8oz soap dispenser worth of soap for  .96c vs buying it in the store for $4.00.  Sign me up! **This is assuming you already have the soap dispenser and you are not using expensive bottled water to mix with the soap**

Dr. Bronner's has all kinds of scents as well.  Hemp, lavender, peppermint, almond, organic rose, tea tree, etc.  Check it out! 

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