Foaming Soap Recipe

Homemade Foaming Hand Soap Recipe + a DIY Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

If you follow along on Garden Therapy you know that I scrapped the store-bought beauty products and make all of my own natural skincare products. Somehow along the way, I became addicted to foaming hand soap. At first, I thought that I was cheating on my homemade soap bars. All-natural homemade soap is so much better for my skin than store-bought liquid soap. But the foam. Oh, the foam. It’s so luxurious!How to Make a DIY Foaming Mason Jar Soap Dispenser plus an all-natural foaming liquid soap recipe

I set upon the task to make a homemade foaming hand soap recipe and came up with some fun and foamy soap that I’m proud to wash with. Of course, I needed a stylish container and pump that I could refill, so I made one from a Mason jar and a foam soap pump from a disposable bottle.

First, I’ll show you how to make the Mason jar foaming soap dispenser, then I’ll share my basic foaming hand soap recipe.

How to Make a DIY Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

Mason Jar Foaming Soap Dispenser


Make it!

First, look for a disposable foaming hand soap bottle. I chose a Method one because I liked the look of it. You only need the nozzle and foaming mechanism, so remove that from the bottle.DIY Mason Jar Soap pump

Next, cut a hole in the middle of the snap lid to fit the soap pump into. The easiest way to do this is to use a hammer and nail to pierce a few holes in the center of the snap lid. Then, squeeze the metal snips in to cut out a hole. Cut the hole large enough that the thinner bottom part of the pump fits into the hole, but small enough that the top of the pump sits above it.DIY Foaming Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

Insert the pump into the snap lid, top the Mason jar, and twist on the ring to see how it fits. Trim the length of the straw to fit if necessary.

Homemade Foaming Hand Soap Recipe

To make a DIY foaming hand soap use this recipe:

  • 60% water
  • 20% prepared liquid soap
  • 20% airFoaming Soap Recipe

I use this liquid castile soap, which comes concentrated and needs to be diluted. I prepare the castile soap according to the instructions on the package and use that for my 20%. If you like it a bit more creamy, replace 5% of the water with more soap.

If you are using unscented castile soap, add 5-6 drops of essential oils to the recipe for a personalized scent. I like these scents:

  • lavender and rose in the spring,
  • lemongrass and sweet orange in the summer,
  • chai spice in the fall, and
  • peppermint and vanilla (candy cane) in the winter.

Seasonally scented hand soap that foams up luxuriously AND has all-natural ingredients? Yes please. But, if you are more interested in bar soap, check out these recipes:



About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Lesley
    LesleyJuly 18,16

    How do you seal the plastic pump part into the hole you cut in the metal lid? Do you use glue? But brilliant nevertheless! Foamy soap is pure luxury so its great to have a home made version – thanks!

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseJuly 19,16

      No, I didn’t glue it. The soap pump is larger on top than it is on the bottom, so it sits perfectly in the hole. I like that I can take it apart to wash it. ironically, the pump gets dirty over time!

  2. Kristan @ Pink Rose Co.
    Kristan @ Pink Rose Co.July 27,16

    I was just wondering how to make foaming soap yesterday when my Bath & Body Works soap ran out. Thanks! Can’t wait to make a pretty jar container too. Pinned this!

  3. Becky
    BeckyJuly 29,16

    Thanks for this! I have been wondering how to make a form soap as well! I must try this! Pinned!

  4. Emily
    EmilyJuly 29,16

    Great idea! I love fancy foaming soaps but I feel like they’re so expensive! Thanks for linking up with our Merry Monday party!

  5. The Nova Studio
    The Nova StudioAugust 11,16

    Super cute pumper bottle! Love castile. So many uses!

  6. Jennifer
    JenniferAugust 23,16

    Love this idea Stephanie! I was just about to spend $60 at “Fancy Foaming Soap” for foaming soap; you saved the day. Thanks so much!

  7. Kayla
    KaylaJanuary 19,17

    I’ve made a few soap dispensers from mason jars just as you did. They are great! Do you have a problem with rust where the lid has been cut? Trying to figure out how to avoid that.

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseJanuary 19,17

      Hi Kayla, yep! I usually just wash it off with a nail brush. But you could also spray paint the lid to seal it.

  8. Stephanie Rose
    Stephanie RoseJanuary 19,17

    Jennifer, I’m so glad!

  9. Marley Abraham
    Marley AbrahamMarch 8,17

    Where do you buy the Castile Soap concentrate? I love foaming soap, I have been buying it at WalMart, but I’m so excited to be able to make my own. And to make different scents is a real bonus. Thanks so much for the recipe and your great ideas. You are awesome!!!

    • Helen
      HelenMarch 9,17

      I ordered my castile from Amazon.

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseMarch 9,17

      Hi Marley, I can get it at any number of natural food stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joes. But you can get it online at Amazon as well.

    • diane
      dianeAugust 22,17

      I purchased some from Walmart

  10. Maria Nichols
    Maria NicholsMay 14,17

    This is wonderful healthcare for healing alot of ills using essential oils and natural herbs. Serenity Garden

  11. Kayla
    KaylaAugust 11,17

    Do you have problems with your castile soap and/or essential oils sitting at the top of your water? it seems like mine tends to separate.

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseAugust 15,17

      Not at all! I shake them together when I first make the solution, but after that, they don’t separate. I wonder why it is happening for you?

  12. Tina Krenz
    Tina KrenzSeptember 14,17

    What can you use if you don’t have castle soap?

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