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12 hands that need washing several times a day requires some kind of natural soap.

I’m a couponer, but I was so tired of trying to find the latest deal on a natural soap. Trying to figure out if I had the coupons or not and how many I could actually buy, even with the coupons I had.

It still became a pretty expensive adventure for how many hands get washed in our house every day.

There had to be a better solution…or even better…a cheaper recipe that I could make at home!

The most important requirement was this soap has to work. 12 hands, smelly boys…you get the picture.


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And I needed the recipe to be super simple. In order for my “helpers” to make it when it needed a refill.

I know the concentrated liquid castile soap would work as a natural soap if it was diluted with water. And since I’ve been making my own liquid Castile soap, it would definitely be cheaper than the store bought stuff.

Well, I did a little experiment to make up my own hand soap and it works! Really well!

So grab your supplies and let’s make this foaming natural soap for all your hand washing!

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Ingredients & Supplies:

Here’s what you need to make this liquid foaming natural soap:

  • 1 Tablespoon Liquid Castile soap (or learn how to make Castile soap yourself for pennies)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Fractionated Coconut Oil or 2 squirts from the pump
  • 15 Drops Essential Oils of each Lavender & Peppermint, or Wintergreen & Lemon, or Grapefruit & Thieves Oils (price varies)
  • 1 Drop (NOT TWO) Food Coloring if you want to make it look like a traditional hand soap (optional)
  • Distilled or reverse osmosis water
  • 1 Foaming soap container (I reused an old one)

I simply reuse the foaming hand soap bottles I get once a year when I get Bath & Body Works free coupons in the mail.

Lavender and Thieves Oils have antiseptic cleaning properties so those make a good choice to help make your natural soap antibacterial. I use Lavender mostly, and I always use the Young Living brand because of their purity promise, but it’s only for making your hand soap smell good, so you could really buy cheaper ones.

I’ve used green, blue, or red or red/blue (for purple) food coloring before and they look nice, and it does NOT stain your hands! Two drops don’t seem to mix well for me and then I end up with some streaks on my hands. The entire natural soap mixture is so cheap, you can experiment with various scents and colors!

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First, add a little bit of the water which helps to buffer the natural soap going in.

Then add the liquid Castile soap, fractionated coconut oil, and the essential oils to your foaming hand soap bottle.

For this recipe, I used 10 drops Thieves and 30 drops of Lemon Essential Oils. While I normally don’t suggest using Citrus essential oils in plastic, the soap mixture normally doesn’t sit long in my soap bottles so I’ve never had a problem with it altering the plastic.

Fill the rest of the bottle with water.

Use distilled water or reverse osmosis water so that the soap never gets slimy.

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Carefully, squeeze your food coloring bottle until one drop appears at the top of the dropper.

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Carefully add the one drop of food coloring to the natural soap liquid.

Add the soap bottle nozzle and shake gently until all ingredients are combined.

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What Does It Cost?

Here’s how much this foaming natural soap truly costs:

  • 1 Tablespoon Liquid Castile soap (or learn how to make Castile soap yourself for pennies) = 1¢
  • 1/2 teaspoon Fractionated Coconut Oil or 2 squits from the pump = 6¢
  • 15 Drops Essential Oils of each Lavender, Peppermint, Wintergreen and/or Tea Tree Oils (price varies)
  • 1 Drop (NOT TWO) Food Coloring if you want to make it look like a traditional hand soap (optional)
  • Distilled or reverse osmosis water

Total Cost = 7¢ Per Entire Bottle

Also, add 85¢ to your total if you do not have distilled water or reverse osmosis water on hand. That is about how much it costs to purchase a gallon of distilled water from my local grocery store.

With all the new coupon restrictions, I don’t think I’ll ever find a natural soap as cheap as this one.

Just 7¢ makes an entire bottle of foaming natural soap for your hands. I’m still amazed at how well it works and for just pennies.

And I can’t believe how simple it is. Every one of my helpers now has the recipe memorized so that they know how to refill our bottles with natural soap at any time.


YOUR TURN: What other essential oils would you add to this foaming natural soap? Let me know in the comments below!

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