Thursday, March 24, 2011

Going Green: Quick Tip #3

My husband fell in love with foaming soap when we used at a vacation cottage we had. Soon after we came home I went to buy some and discovered they make foaming dish soap, foaming hand soap, foaming body wash...

However, I have a had a bit of trouble finding foaming soaps in any of my usual greener brands. So I made my own.

It's quite simple really. Get a foaming pump dispenser (at $10-$15 dollars each, I decided to just reuse the ones I already had.) Simply fill it one quarter of the way with your choice of soap. And then, very slowly, fill the rest of the bottle with water. (I say slowly, because if you fill it too quickly, you will end up with an overflowing, bubbly mess.)

You can use castille soap for either dish foam or hand washing foam. I like to add a few drops of sweet orange essential oil to my dish soap for a nice scent.

You can also add a couple of drops of tea tree oil to hand soap for the disinfecting properties or some lavender for calming effects... or, really, whatever essential oil you prefer. 5-10 drops should do.

There are so many benefits of making this soap yourself. You can control what ingredients you use. You save a ton of money. If you have bubbly-happy toddlers like I do, you save a ton of soap. (Since it is a pump action, they can only disperse a small amount at a time.) You are also taking another step towards simplifying your home: one bottle of castille to refill all the dispensers in the house. Yay for less plastic and less clutter under your sinks.

(* Side note: These pumps tend to clog after awhile. You can soak the pump in hot water and pump some hot water through it a couple of times and it will clear up with no problem.)


  1. I used to do this all the time at our old house, one little bottle of dishwashing soap lasted months this way!! I never thought of doing it with hand soap though...I'll have to try that (I have some tea tree oil too that I can use)

  2. I couldn't get past the part about you husband falling in LOVE with foaming soap. That cracked me up!