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DIY Antibacterial Foaming Soap for Hands and Face

DIY Antibacterial Foaming Soap for hands and face is made with essential oils that fight bacteria while Jojoba oil moisturizes. Save time and money with this all-natural, two-in-one power fighter.


DIY Antibacterial Foaming Soap for hands and face is made with essential oils that fight bacteria while Jojoba oil moisturizes. Save time and money with this all-natural, two-in-one power fighter. | We Three Shanes

DIY Antibacterial Foaming Soap for Hands and Face

I always enjoy using awesome smelling, foaming hand soap at other people’s homes but couldn’t justify the expense. Also I’m not big fan of the cycle of buying a new bottle for each use. I realize plastic bottles can be recycled but I’d rather go with a reusable option.

After seeing how much soap my regular, boring, soap dispenser pumps out I decided to buy a reusable foaming dispenser. It uses much less soap which saves us money and makes me happy.

Now that I have a reusable foam soap dispenser, I went on the search for an easy DIY antibacterial foaming soap to make. Store bought antibacterial soap can really dry out your hands and in the winter I already have a problem with that. Plus I’d rather use ingredients I know about to make sure everything going on my family’s skin is safe and natural.

Since I have a good supply of natural ingredients built up in my cupboards, I’m actually saving money when making my own antibacterial foaming soap. Natural ingredients can seem expensive when you are first buying them but you use so little product that they last forever.

Once I started researching essential oils to use for antibacterial purposes I realized that many of them have multifunctional properties. Essential oils that fight germs that cause illness are also great for skin. Since I’m a lazy person who has a bad habit of going to bed with out washing my face, I decided to make an antibacterial hand wash that could also be used as a face wash.

Now at the end of the night I just tie my hair back and do a quick face wash using the foaming soap that’s already sitting out on my counter. It might not seems like a huge step to get an extra face wash out but apparently it is for me.

Using the DIY antibacterial foaming soap on my face actually has me cleaning my face at night which never happened before, eww. So let’s learn how to make this stuff.

Reusable Soap Dispenser for Antibacterial Foaming Soap

First thing you’ll need for this DIY foaming soap wash is the dispenser. You can reuse a plastic one you already have or purchase a reusable one. I bought mine from Grove.

If you haven’t tried Grove yet you should! Grove Collaborative is a customizable home delivery service that has all your favorite natural products and you can try it out for free by clicking HERE. You’ll get a fantastic free gift and enjoy free shipping for the next 3 months.

I love Grove because it’s super easy to cancel the membership if you’re not a fan. They send you a reminder before you’re charged the $20 membership fee and you simply click the link if you want to cancel. You don’t even have to talk to anyone. 

You don’t need a membership to shop Grove but you will pay shipping for your orders. Ok back to soap dispensers. Try out the free membership now and grab your own cute, Reusable Foaming Soap Dispenser while enjoying free shipping. 

I love Groves Reusable Foaming Soap Dispenser because it looks nice and is made of glass. Because we’re using essential oils that can break down plastic, a glass bottle is preferred. The dispenser has simple measurements right on the bottle making it super easy to make your foaming soap.

Amazon also has lots of options for foaming soap dispensers so you can pick a style that works best in your house.

Ingredients Needed for Foaming Hand and Face Wash

When it comes to making your own natural products, there are lots of ingredient possibilities. Everyone has unique skin issues that they want to solve. This DIY antibacterial foaming soap recipe can be used on any skin type but really benefits those with mild acne and aging skin. 

That being said you can use different ingredients to customize your foaming soap even more. Ingredient amounts can be adjusted as well, if you feel this combo comes out too strong or subtle for your skin type.

Ingredient List:

  • Jojoba Oil – mimics the natural oil found in the skin so it absorbs quickly without leaving an oily residue and clogging pores.

  • Clove Essential Oil – antibacterial and antiviral properties help kill off acne causing bacteria and fights against common viruses that cause illnesses. It’s also anti-inflammatory and a high antioxidant which means it fights the aging process.

  • Frankincense Essential Oil – helps reduce stress so it’s great for a face wash right before bed. It has immune-boosting properties and prevents germs from forming on the skin.  It’s antimicrobial property makes it an effective antiseptic and disinfectant agent. It tones, lifts, and strengthens skin. It reduces the appearance of scars and acne. It also reduces redness and irritation and improves overall skin tone. 

  • Eucalyptus Essential Oil – Antimicrobial effects boost your immune system by fight against many strains of bacteria, viruses, and fungi. It is also anti-inflammatory and antioxidants which helps sooth many skin conditions and fight against the aging process.
  • Lavender Essential Oil – Natural antioxidant that helps prevent and reverse disease. It’s antimicrobial properties, which are enhanced when mixed with clove essential oil,  help fight off various infections. When mixed with jojoba oil, Lavender can improve acne and skin spots and reverse signs of aging. Lavender’s calming effects help increase sleep, also making it a great addition to your night face wash routine. 

Hopefully you can see why this particular combination of ingredients is fantastic for skin issues like acne and aging but also it’s amazing antibacterial benefits fight off viruses. They’re perfect for this DIY Antibacterial Foaming Soap for Hands and Face.

These essential oils have tons of benefits and can be used to make many natural products for your home. If you still need to stock up on essential oils then I would recommend this starter pack that comes with many of the oils needed for this foaming soap and is a great way to get 8 vital oils to use in your home, for less money.

How to Make Antibacterial Soap

Grab your foaming soap dispenser and your ingredients. You want to follow the instructions that came with your dispenser. My bottle has lines on it for how much soap and water to add. If your dispenser doesn’t have lines then it should come with measurements for how much soap and water to add.

  1. Fill your bottle up to the soap line with Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap or add the amount indicated from your bottles instructions.
  2. Next, add your essential oil drops. Start with 6 drops of each oil. You can add up to 10 drops but I would recommend washing your face a couple of times before adding more drops in. You don’t want your face to dry out too much.
  3. Add in 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon of jojoba oil (more for dry skin, less for oily skin)
  4. Then top everything off with the distilled water.
  5. Give your bottle a light shake to mix everything and you’re all set.
DIY Antibacterial Foaming Soap for hands and face is made with essential oils that fight bacteria while Jojoba oil moisturizes. Save time and money with this all-natural, two-in-one power fighter. | We Three Shanes

Other Essential Oils for DIY Antibacterial Foaming Soap

When creating this recipe for DIY Antibacterial Foaming Soap, I used a blend of essential oils that would not only fight bacteria and viruses and common facial skin condition but I made sure they would smell great together. These ingredients combined have a spicy, woodsy aroma.

There are other ingredients you can use with amazing results so if you don’t seem to like the smell of one essential oil you can swap it for another one. Or maybe you already have an oil that will work and you don’t want to spend money on a new one. 

Let me give you some other options if you want to experiment a bit.

Other oils to use

Jojoba oil is great for skin but you can substitute it for other oils. All of these oils are helpful in maintaining the skins moisture and removing makeup.

Coconut oil has disinfectant and antimicrobial properties and will help moisturize the skin.

Sweet Almond Oil is rich in vitamin A and vitamin E which protects your skin from damage caused by free radicals. It penetrates skin to help clean out pores and helps lighten under eye circles.

Grape Seed Oil contains vitamin E and omega-6 fatty acids which supports the skin barrier and helps reduce inflammation.

Argan Oil is also rich in vitamin A and vitamin E and is packed with antioxidants, making it perfect for skin. 

Avocado Oil has anti-inflammatory effects that help fight acne and reduce redness. 

Rosehip Seed Oil contains vitamins A,B, C and F. All fight against multiple aging symptoms. It boosts the immune system, fights acne, reduces age spots and scaring. 

Other Essential Oils You Can Use

Essential oils are an important part of this recipe. With out them you don’t get all the good stuff that fights off germs and bacteria. You can swap out the essential oils I use but not with just any essential oil. Here’s a list of oils that will make a good swap:

Tea Tree Oil is great at treating acne because of it’s anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It also calms redness and inflammation and reduces acne scars. It also fights a number of germs that cause common illnesses.

Lemon Oil is a natural astringent and detoxifier that brightens dull skin. It’s antiseptic properties make it great for fight acne and controlling oil. It supports white blood cells making it easier to fight off infections and boost immunity.

Peppermint Oil has anti-inflammatory effects and antimicrobial properties. It softens and tightens skin. It reduces blackheads and acne and controls oil. It also has antiviral and antioxidant properties that help fight off infections and boost immunity.

Oregano Oil has antimicrobial properties so it fights certain types of bacteria. It is full of antioxidants that again fight free radicals that break down and damage cells. It’s also anti-inflammatory and protects smaller wounds, speeding up the healing process and blocking bacteria from entering.

Using DIY Antibacterial Foaming Soap for Hands and Face

Use Antibacterial Foaming Soap like you would any other foaming soap to wash hands. With this recipe you get the added bonus of using it as a face wash too. Most commercial antibacterial hand soaps are not formulated to work on your face. They will do more harm than good.

This DIY recipe uses ingredients that work on the delicate skin on your face.  Because you’re making your own foaming soap you can adjust the ingredients you put in to allow for a customized product.

Do not use this soap on or around your eyes! The essential oils are too strong to use near such a sensitive ares. I do use it on my eyebrows but not directly on my eyelids or under eye area.

Using natural ingredients on your skin, the biggest organ of your body, will reduce the amount of harmful chemicals entering you and your family.

Make the switch today from expensive store bought foam soap to this DIY recipe. You’ll love the benefits it has on your skin, health, and wallets.

Do you use store bought foaming soaps? Do you think you will make the switch to making your own?

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One Comment

  1. I bought a plastic bottle dispenser so that I can only buy refills for my antibacterial soap. But, I think it’s much more convenient if I just make my own antibacterial foaming soap instead of buying refills. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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