But I still buy dish soap and laundry detergent (since my homemade version wasn’t actually cleaning my clothes!). I even bought the Thieves Foaming Hand Soap from Young Living because I wanted to see if it was really all it cracked up to be.
And it certainly was – I won’t lie. My hands have never felt so pampered just by being washed!!
But I’m frugal, and that means NOT buying the refills and instead saving money by making my own Thieves foaming hand soap when I’ve run out of the original. That’s how we’re able to afford essential oils on a budget – the homemade refills cost just pennies to make!
This tutorial for how to make Thieves foaming hand soap is one of the easiest tutorials you’ll find on the blog.
It’s easier than magnesium lotion and homemade toothpaste and homemade bleach alternative and DIY stain remover… really, if you’re going to dabble with essential oils and making your own stuff, start with the Thieves foaming hand soap. It’ll give you a boost of confidence to make even more things!
Besides, I made this live on Facebook – LIVE PEOPLE – and didn’t spill or mess it up. I think you’re safe to start here.
How to Make Thieves Foaming Hand Soap
You need a few key ingredients for Thieves foaming hand soap:
Thieves Essential Oil
Obviously if we’re making THIEVES foaming hand soap, you need THIEVES essential oil.
Please note that not all oils are created equal. As I’ve researched companies and their farming and growing methods, I’ve learned that many companies who sell their oils on Amazon or at Whole Foods or other drug stores aren’t selling 100% pure oils – they’re selling diluted oils (where a less expensive oil like fractionated coconut oil is added) OR they’re selling oils that have chemicals added to make them smell better.
Note to self: peppermint should NOT smell like a candy cane and lavender should NOT smell like a bouquet of flowers. If yours do, I wouldn’t use them! Also, not all “Thieves like blends” work like the real deal. Don’t waste your money on the knock offs!
I personally use Young Living essential oils because of their Seed to Seal promise. They control EVERY aspect of the oil from when the plant is first planted, to weed management (no pesticides are used!), to harvest to distilling to testing to bottling – everything is done by Young Living’s standards (which far exceed the organic industry standards, BTW).
If you want to join Young Living, you can do that right HERE.
The reason I chose Thieves essential oil is because it’s an incredible blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus radiate and rosemary essential oils. If it’s powerful enough to clean dishes, it will work for our hand soap!
Plus it smells like Christmas! Who doesn’t like the smell of Christmas?!
Castile soap is the major cleaning agent in this foaming hand soap. There are a couple major brands out there, but it doesn’t matter which one you choose. By default, the list of ingredients on castile soap should be fairly clean, but ALWAYS read the list of ingredients, just in case. (I’ve used this brand before.)
It won’t matter too much what scent you choose, but you do want to make sure the scent of the soap compliments the essential oil.
Since I’m using Thieves essential oil, peppermint and citrus and unscented (obviously!) would be my first choices. I’ve seen lavender and tea tree castile soap as well, but I personally would use a different essential oil if you go that route.
A note on castile soap in general… Castile soap can be very drying on the skin so base how much you use on how sensitive your skin is. Studies have shown that it’s not necessarily the soap itself that washes hands, but the agitation. So even if you use just a little bit of soap, you’ll still get a cleaning if you scrub.
However, I personally would recommend using as much as your hands can take simply because not everyone washes their hands well… so the extra soap will do some extra cleaning.
Aloe Vera Gel OR Vitamin E Oil
You don’t need both of these, but you will need either aloe vera gel OR vitamin E oil because as I mentioned, castile soap is drying on the skin.
We want to use distilled water in this DIY because it doesn’t have the impurities that regular tap water has, but distilled water is expensive…
Instead of buying distilled water, make your own by boiling water on the stove and letting it cool slightly to room temperature. BOOM – instant clean water.
DIY Thieves Foaming Hand Soap: Supplies
- Foaming hand soap bottle (ones like these will do the job)
- 2-4 Tbsp castile soap (here’s the brand I used)
- 10-15 drops Thieves essential oil (available through Young Living, become a member HERE)
- 1 tsp – 2 Tbsp aloe vera gel (I like this brand) OR vitamin E oil (I like this kind)
- Distilled water to fill the container, OR water that has been boiled and cooled
DIY Thieves Foaming Hand Soap: Method
In a small measuring glass (like this one), measure the castile soap, essential oil, and aloe vera gel. Mix together well using a whisk.
Pour this mixture into your foaming hand soap container and slowly add distilled water to the halfway mark, swirling the bottle as you add the water. When the water and soap mixture is combined well, add distilled water almost to the top, again swirling as you go.
You want to leave just a little bit of headspace at the top of the bottle because the pump itself will displace some of the soap and you don’t want to make a mess!
Assemble the pump top to the bottle and wash your hands like you normally do!
What easy DIY’s do you make with essential oils to help keep you in budget? I’m always looking for new ideas myself – please share your thoughts in the comments section below!