2 Ingredient DIY Foaming Hand Soap

Here’s a household money-saving tip that’s easy to do!

If you buy foaming hand soaps, consider saving those soap containers (or buy one HERE) and use them to easily make your own foaming hand soap! It’s as simple as combining liquid soap and water together – that’s it.

What an easy way to save money and it’s also better for the environment too since you’re reusing plastic containers instead of throwing them away!

woman using DIY foaming soap refill

With so much focus on handwashing this year, this idea makes so much sense and can save you cents too. I am personally so impressed with how well this simple DIY works and the foaming soap it produces! 

ingredients to make hand foaming soap refills

Tips for making the best foaming hand soap:

    • I also opted to add a few drops of tea tree essential oil for the natural antibacterial qualities. However, this ingredient is totally optional.
    • I used an empty soap container from Bath & Body Works and removed the label first by soaking it in hot soapy water for a bit, then it was easy to peel off.
    • Using distilled water is recommended but not required. If your soap will be getting used within the week you should be fine, but any longer you may want to consider distilled as it will stay fresh longer and also is less likely to clog the soap container with hard water.

pouring castille soap into a soap container

pouring water in diy foaming hand soap

adding tea tree oil to hand soap refill

shaking up foaming DIY soap refill

easy foaming soap refill

DIY Foaming Hand Soap



Pour soap in an empty foaming soap container about 1/4 of the way full.



Add water but be sure to leave a little room at the top – about an inch. Add a few drops of tea tree oil (optional).


Screw foaming spout back on, shake lightly to combine water and soap, and you’re all set. That’s it!

person using diy foaming soap refill

We actually first posted this how to make foaming hand soap idea 6 years ago, so here are a few helpful reader comments from that prior post:

“I’ve been using this recipe for a long time! My daughter’s hands crack to the point of bleeding with regular soap, since we have switched to homemade foaming soap it had become much less of an issue. We use peppermint Bronner’s. It makes your hands feel tingly after washing.” – Chantel

“I do the same but often use the Bath and Body Works shower gel. Works great and smells wonderful. I have added tea tree oil as well.” – Natasha C. 

“I put a few clear glass marbles in the bottom of mine. It helps mix the ingredients with a quick shake and also acts as a weight to keep an almost empty bottle from flying off the counter if you hit the dispenser too fast or off-center.” – Karen

“I do this in a B&BW foaming soap container and add several drops of lemon essential oil and a drop of yellow food coloring – it looks and smells like the lemons on the bottle.” – Karissa

“I have been doing this for years with Method Hand Soap. I mix it with the water in the Method foaming containers. Works great.” – Lori

Here’s how to make your own natural cleaning spray! 

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