Natural Homemade Hand Soap

This hand soap is homemade and uses only natural ingredients! And it only takes a few minutes to make.

So, we ran out of hand soap in one of our bathrooms the other day, and when T asked me if I could pick up some more when I hit the store on the way home from work, I decided to forgo the store bought brands and make an all-natural, homemade version instead. Btw- a few of the links in this post are affiliate links. Check out my full disclosure here

Okay, so over the past couple years, I’ve been trying to make our house more green. Early on, I tried going cold turkey and buying all-natural products to replace every item in our home. I also went out and got a lot of random ingredients in order to make my own health, cleaning, and beauty products. And while my intentions were good and some of the changes stuck, by trying to do everything at once, I overwhelmed myself. I didn’t take the time to research enough to be comfortable with my choices, and as a result, with several items, I wavered back to old products that I knew worked, even if it they were not all-natural and toxin-free.

Since then, I’ve been slowly chipping away at the “green home and beauty” front. I’ve shared a few posts on this topic:

And today, I want to add one more to the list: Homemade Foaming Hand Soap

This recipe is also “kid-safe” because of the essential oil I chose. There’s lots of info out there about which oils are okay to use with babies and kiddos. It can be tough to sift through it all, but I recently heard about and ordered the book Essential Oil Safety. This is my go-to resource as it is research based and written by world renowned essential oil experts, Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.  This resource explains which essential oils are safe for kids (check out this blog post for lists of safe oils by age group!). I chose to use Lavender, which is one of the oils that makes the list for kiddos under 2!

Alright, without further adeiu, here’s the recipe for the homemade soap. If you try it out, let me know what you think!

Enjoy! ?



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I always want to make my own products as much as possible. I think I have everything to make this. Will be making this soon.

I’ll have to give a try! This looks great and a great way to starts taking steps towards have a green home.

Thank you, I keep meaning to make my own soap and have a few recipes to try out so will add this one to my list! Katie x

Tank you for the recipe, I make my own laundry soap and cleaning supplies but I have never made my own had soap. I’m going to give this one a try since it looks like it turned out lovley

I love my oils and thanks for the references to check through your post. I haven’t seen a recipe quite like yours, so I’ll have to give it a try. Thanks.

I love making my own beauty and cleaning products! Looks easy to make!

That’s a great sounding recipe for hand soap. It is probably better for your skin than anything that you can buy in the store.

I have always loved the idea of making my own soap, and this looks like a great recipe for it. My skin is pretty sensitive to tea tree oil and lavender oil so I might try to make it with slightly less, but overall it looks like a great list of ingredients!

i just got into oils and I keep seeing recipes for different things using them. I’ve even seen laundry detergent with oils and castile soap. Looks like i’m picking some up!

I bet this smells lovely. I’m getting into green cleaning (not so much beauty yet) and will have to try this out once I work through my stockpile of store-bought soaps. Thanks for sharing!

This is great and timely! I’ve been wanting to switch my store soap for something more natural!

I’ve been trying to make my home more green as well. It’s is definitely worth it, but can be a bit pricey to get started. I’ve made a few DIY bath and body products and loved them, and now I’m inspired to do more.

I am not a DIY kind of person. I’m terrible at making things. It’s great that you are good at this.


I love how cute you made this soap, too! I’ll have to give this a try once I get settled in my new house.

Great recipe. I like you choice of essential oils for this. I’ll have to try it!

I haven’t made homemade soap before. It looks rather easy and doesn’t require that many ingredients. I may give this a try!

I love the idea of making my own soaps and what not. I’ve been making my daughters hand soap for a year now, she has horrible eczema and is allergic to coconut, which is in everything! Literally. Even castile soap.

I love making my own stuff and I have yet to make soap. This post is awesome! Thanks for sharing.

I never would have thought to make my own soap before. I really like that it’s green and safe. Slowly, I’ve been trying to replace products in my home with safer options.

Robin Rue

I have never thought to make my own hand soap before. I have always just bought it and moved along. This looks great!

I’m all about making things at home but soap is one hung I haven’t tried yet!!! Might just have to give it a try this weekend

That sounds awesome! I love the photo too. I like the idea of making my own products more and more now.

This sounds awesome. I love making my own products so much more now. It’s usually pretty easy.

Okay, I am DEFINITELY trying this out! This looks incredible. I just pinned it!

I will be trying to do this. I am not really great at making this kind of thing but it looks great and sounds like I may not mess it up! Will has to try it out!

This sounds like a fun afternoon craft, and I love everything homemade! And the fact that it has lavender in it. I am all over it! ha!

Such a lovely DIY recipe for a home made soap. Love this. So will my little girl!


Oh wow! I love making fun things like this! My family has really sensitive skin so I love this! I can’t wait to try making this one over the weekend!

I have a lot of essential oils that I don’t really use to their fullest potential. This would be one way to make good use of them!

Are you reading my mind? I love castile soap and I told myself I am going to start making more handmade items from it! Its so natural and cleansing too.

What a great recipe! Love that its nourishing for your skin and the tea tree oil makes it anti-bacterial! Thanks for sharing!

I love homemade DIY things. I hope to learn to make it all on my own. This soap sounds amazing as well as easy for me to attempt it.

We are big fans of essential oils over here, and I like to DIY as much as I can. Very cool recipe!

I love using essential oils, but I haven’t made my own soaps yet. I’m looking forward to making this. Tea tree and lavender are two of my staples around here.