Plain old soap and water kills germs as well as antibacterial soap, and plain soap doesn’t contribute to antibacterial resistance (see sources below, if you want proof). I prefer foamy hand soap because it seams to cover better and all around clean better.

Basically, foaming hand soap is watered down soap in a fancy pump. So save some money and be good to the environment – make your own. Put 2-4 tablespoons of liquid castile soap and 1 cup of water into a jar. Shake and pour into a soap foamer. Of course, Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap works great for this!

Soap Foamer: I am sure someone sells foamer pumps, but I like to reuse foamers that other people were going to throw out (like Dial Complete or Kiss My Face self foaming soap). I have tried several kinds of pumps, so far the best foamers come from Bath & Body Works. Now I am not suggesting that you go buy hand soap, just ask around, you must have a friend who would be happy to give you a hand soap pump that they were going to throw away.

Consumer Antibacterial Soaps: Effective or Just Risky?, Chicago Journal (see full text article at DeepBlue)
Plain Soap as Good as Antibacterial, WebMD


3 comments untill now

  1. CleanWell hand soap foamers work well, too, and I can usually find them on sale or clearance at Target (at least you’re buying a foamer from a soap that’s decent). ( : Hope that helps, too! This recipes is wonderful! Thanks Kathy!!

  2. I am just getting in to the world of making my own cleaners and soaps. I saw your blog and I wanted to let you know that you can purchase soap foamers…Pampered Chef sells one and while it retails at $11.50 I find that mine has lasted for AGES! Now, since I haven’t made my own hand soap yet that will be my next project but I know you can purchase them. If you wanted to use regular soap (in lieu of home made liquid soap) they are marked with a line to fill up to with the liquid soap and then a line to fill up to with water. Again, haven’t made my own hand soap yet so am looking at your site and others to see how to use Dr. Bronner’s effectively.

  3. Heather,
    Thanks for sharing about the Pampered Chef foamer bottle. I am still reusing friends foamers from Bath and Body. They last FOREVER in comparison to other foamers I have tried to reuse. Good luck with the soap making. :)