Homemade Foam Handwash (Updated)

by Michelle on February 19, 2011

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I first shared a post for homemade foaming hand wash back in ’09 and I still make and use it all the time. However, I’ve recently come across a great tip that makes it an even better product. I still use one part liquid castile soap (Dr. Bronner’s unscented baby-mild) and 5 parts water, but I also now add a good squirt of pure vegetable glycerin. The glycerin has wonderful moisturizing properties and will help to leave your hands smooth and soft instead of feeling dry. I also still add essential oils for extra cleaning power and a delightful smell and voilà! my homemade foam handwash is ready to use.

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kanadra February 20, 2011 at 11:23 pm

I recently made some dish soap with dr bronners castile soap, and noticed my hands felt a little bit dry after using it… do you think the vegetable glycerin would work as a moisturizer in dish soap as well as it would in regular hand soap?

Michelle February 21, 2011 at 9:59 am

Hi Kanadra,

I think that is a great idea. I browsed a little bit and it seems like most liquid dish soap recipes (links below) that add glycerin start with soap flakes instead of liquid castile soap (I think this is because glycerin is retained in the making of liquid castile soap). But if you just need more as a moisturizer, I don’t think it would hurt to add a little extra glycerin (it sounds like you may just get some more bubbles too). Let me know if you try it and the next time I make my homemade dish soap I will do the same and see how it goes :)

http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/how-to-make-dish-soap-4932.html
http://www.ehow.com/how_7744665_homemade-liquid-dish-soap.html
http://www.easy-aromatherapy-recipes.com/homemade-dish-soap.html

Adrienne @ Whole New Mom May 17, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Where did you hear about using the glycerine? One of my readers mentioned that her hands felt really dry using my Homemade Foaming Soap…I am eager to share this with her. Thanks!

Michelle May 18, 2011 at 11:28 am

I think I just came across it online and read that it also helps blend the oils with water. Also, I’ve noticed it used for moisturizing properties in lots of other body products like lotion! Hope that helps :)

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