DIY Cleaning Products: Foaming Hand Soap

This is a DIY cleaning product recipe that can definitely save you some $$$. Foaming hand soap is the more environmentally friendly way to wash your hands since it uses less actual soap and also less running water to rinse your clean hands off. So, it’s a win:win.

Now, here’s the part that kills me about the foam soap revolution–the refills. A store brand will cost you about $4 for 50 ounces–which is about $10 per gallon. Yes, $10 per gallon!!! Yikes! This recipe, without the optional ingredients, will cost you about $1.50 per gallon with good old tap water or $2.50 per gallon if you use distilled water. Add an extra $0.50 for the 3 optional ingredients: tea tree oil to give it a little extra antimicrobial power, essential oils to make it smell prettier, and the glycerin to help make your hands feel a little softer.

You do want to stick to these ratios of soap to water–if it gets too thick, you will ruin the foaming pump. If it’s too thin, you won’t get enough cleaning power. I’ve made both mistakes (repeatedly) so you don’t have to. :)

THE RECIPE: Foaming Hand Soap
Makes 1 Gallon

114 ounces (14 1/4 cups) water, distilled or tap
13 ounces (1 3/4 cups) liquid dish soap
2 Tbs glycerin (optional)
1/2 tsp tea tree oil (optional)
1/2 tsp essential oil of choice (optional, for scent only)

1. Combine all ingredients into a gallon jug. Give it a little swirl before refilling dispensers. 

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