Easy DIY Hand Soap


Making your own hand soap is as easy as 1,2,3…

I admit, I’m not a crafty person (even though I was an elementary teacher). When someone says DIY, I think, why not just go the easy route and buy it at the store?! However, if you present me with a VERY SIMPLE recipe or instruction manual, I will partake in the challenge.

While I don’t enjoy the process of DIY projects, I do enjoy the end result.  You get a sense of pride when you make something with your own two hands as opposed to buying it at the store.  The first time I made my own soap, my pride was similar to that of a 5 year old sharing their artwork on the fridge. I still giggle thinking about how I bombarded my husband as he walked in the door from work. With a big grin on my face I said, “Look, I made us hand soap! Aren’t you proud of me? I’m the best wife ever”. My husband didn’t show as much excitement about the hand soap as I had, but he valued how I took the extra time to make something with my own two hands.

This hand soap recipe is only 3 steps! It’s literally that easy!

Why Make Your Own Hand Soap

Have you looked at the ingredients in most soaps? Most companies, such as Method, claim to be “natural” by using plant derived ingredients. Like so many of you, I fell for the marketing scams and was an avid user of their products.  However, once I took a closer look, I found their products contained ingredients such as Cocamide DEA, Methylisothiazolinone, coloring and Synthetic Fragrances.


If you’re thinking, “What the heck are those?!”, you’re not alone.

Many “natural” or “green” products we see today have a number of unsafe and dangerous ingredients that can be endocrine-disruptors and have cancer-causing chemicals.  Not to mention, synthetic fragrances are one of the biggest causes of allergies and skin irritations.  Your skin is very absorbent, so choosing safe products is important!

Honestly, I don’t make my own soap because I’m frugal…I do it because I like knowing that the products my family use are safe!

My Rules of Thumb:

  • If you can’t pronounce or recognize the ingredients, don’t trust it.

  • If there are more than 5 ingredients, look elsewhere.

**Interested in looking at your current soaps ingredients? Head over to EWG or search “your soaps name EWG” on Google (sometimes this produces better search results). ** 

Safe ingredients

Castile Soap: This soap is made from vegetable oil, rather than from synthetic detergents or animal fat.  Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soaps (pictured throughout this post) are made using pure coconut, olive, hemp, and jojoba oils. With 18 uses, Castile soap can be used for washing just about anything!

Sweet Almond or Jojoba Oil: These oils have a light texture and easily absorb into skin. They can be used for cracked and dry hands, acne, eczema,psoriasis, hair growth, dark circles, and much more!

Essential Oils: Synthetic fragrances can cause skin irritation.  Essential oils are fragrant essences of plants and may be distilled from leaves, flowers, resins or bark. Pure essential oils are from the same plant species consistently and are not adulterated or extended with synthetic chemicals. Essential oils can be used in soaps to fight germs and provide a sweet aroma.

Getting Started

Soap Dispenser

Choosing your soap dispenser is half of the fun! I love the look of the mason jar soap dispenser. I’m a hoarder when it comes to mason jars, so all I needed was a rust proof soap pump which I found on Amazon (let’s face it… that’s the only place I shop). There are several options for soap dispensers and if you if you prefer foaming, there are several recipes to find online. My family prefers liquid hand soap over foaming.

Essential Oils

The essential oils I use are from Edens Garden . Not only is their packaging beautiful, but they’re oils are affordable and 100% pure therapeutic grade. I use Fighting Five in my soap to ward off germs! You can also experiment with scents!

Helpful Tip: Edens Garden has a free reward program, Aroma Notes, and for signing up you will receive a $5 coupon! Click here.

Suggested oil combinations:

  1. Fighting Five
  2. Lavender, Cedarwood, Tea Tree
  3. Tea Tree and Peppermint


What You will need:


  1. Measure and pour castile soap, distilled water, and nourishing oil into soap dispenser. Add 15-25 drops of Essential oil of your choice.
  2. Top mason jar with rust proof soap pump.
  3. Shake the soap dispenser before use.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #mindfulmommabearblog. Thanks for sharing!

**Disclosure: There are affiliate links in this post. We only promote items that we ourselves use and love.  All our opinions are 100% our own.  


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