Dr Bronner Castile Foaming Hand Soap

From my experimenting with the foaming and liquid hand soap, it is very obvious that a bottle of liquid hand soap lasts much longer than a bottle of foaming hand soap.  Even though I dilute the liquid hand soap to make the foaming hand soap (one part liquid hand soap and two parts water), I’m not really saving any money with the foaming version.  The liquid hand soap lasts more than three times longer than the foaming version.

But we’re still going strong with the foaming kind.  It is a still a whole lot cheaper than store bought.  It’s easier to make than homemade liquid hand soap.  And KT prefers foaming hand soap and I’m not complaining.  Anything for small victories.

I tried out my first batch of foaming hand soap here.  Since then, I ran out of my homemade liquid hand soap that I made here.  In the mean time, I’ve been using a cheat for my foaming hand soap.  We had an excess stock of body wash from here and there.  When we ran out of my homemade hand soap, I decided to use body wash instead to make my foaming hand soap (one part body wash, two parts water).  It works like a charm.  I’ll eventually use up the excess stock of body wash and will need a better and probably long term solution for our hand soap (thinking back to the 3 P’s).

With a baby on the way, I’ve been once again thinking long and hard on safer, cruelty free products to use around the house.  I remembered I bought a bottle of Dr. Bronners Organic Baby Mild Pure Castile Soap a few months ago.  After doing a lot of web searches, I’ve decided to first try making hand soap with Dr. Bronners Castile Soap.


This is my first time using this soap but I like what I read on the label.  The ingredients make a short list and the product is never tested on animals.  It’s a concentrated soap that can be diluted for 18 different uses which I found on a website by Dr. Bronner’s daughter, Lisa.

A lot of blogs out there have their own recipes for using Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap but I like to go the simple route first: just dilute with water.  I used about 1:5 soap to water ratio.  We’ve been using it for about a week now and it works great.


Next, I’m going to try diluting Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap to make dish soap.  I’ll post about that once I get a chance to test it out.


  1. Matthew says:

    After many hours of methodical testing various dilution ratios (from 20:1 all the way to 1:1), I’ve settled on the following recipe which meets these requirements: a) foams similar to the commercial formulas, b) sufficiently moisturizing to accommodate 15-20 washings per day without de-fatting the skin, and c) fills a Cuisipro dispenser.

    7 fl. oz. Water
    1 1/2 fl. oz. Liquid Castile Soap (Baby Mild as pictured above)
    1/2 fl. oz. Vegetable Glycerine

    I use the back end of a lacquer chopstick to stir in the glycerine, since it tends to settle at the bottom. Shaking or swirling vigorously enough to incorporate it results in a tremendous head of suds! (As I write this, it occurs to me that you might shake together the water & glycerine, THEN add the soap–will try that next time the dispenser runs empty).

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