Making your own peppermint foaming hand wash is fun, easy and economical!
DIY peppermint foaming hand wash is a fun year-round project that can be adapted to any family or social activity. This craft doesn’t take any special skills or talent. If you know how to match your clothes, you can do this!
Throw in a matching towel and you have an easy custom gift that your friends, family and co-workers would love to receive.
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Benefits of making your own peppermint foaming hand wash.
Natural – You know what’s in your hand soap, and essential oils are much better for your health than artificial fragrances. This is a great option if you are sensitive to scents, because you get complete control over what and how much.
Peppermint essential oil promotes healthy respiratory function and clear breathing.* This makes it wonderful to inhale during the holiday season when respiratory discomfort tends to get passed around.
Cost Savings – Get high quality ingredients for the cost of bargain store soap. You can even recycle a used foaming hand soap pump bottle to save even more money. The refill cost is the same as the cheap hand soap brands that contain undesirable additives.
Refillable – Use the same bottle over and over again. It’s a great way to cut down on plastic in landfills.
Fun to do with your friends or kids – This is so easy, that your younger kids can decorate their own bottles. If you need an inexpensive activity idea for a baby shower, girls night, or church activity, these are really awesome! It’s a lot of fun to see the designs and ideas that your friends come up with.
Makes great holiday gifts – What I love about DIY peppermint foaming hand wash is how much everyone loves it. Its affordable, cute and practical. You can decorate it by holiday, match decor, or jazz it up with a particular theme like firefighter, baseball, princess, monsters, etc.
- Empty foaming hand wash bottles
- Vinyl decorative scrapbook stickers (I bought mine at Hobby Lobby)
- Decorative ribbon
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Small narrow neck funnel (optional, but helpful)
Peppermint foaming hand wash recipe:
- 8 oz of distilled water (per pump bottle)
- 2-4 Tbsp. of Dr. Bronner’s unscented liquid Castile soap
- 8-10 drops of peppermint essential oil
Other essential oils and combos that work well:
- 6 drops of wild orange essential oil plus 4 drops of peppermint essential oil
- 2 drops eucalyptus, 3 drops rosemary, and 5 drops of lemon essential oils
- 6 drops lavender and 4 drops lemon essential oils
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
Instructions for making your essential oil foaming hand wash:
Step #1: Pull any manufacturing stickers off your plastic hand pump.
If needed, use a drop of wild orange essential oil on a small piece of paper towel to remove any left on sticky residue. Wash the area with a small amount of soap and water, then wipe dry.
Step #2: Pick your stickers and matching ribbon.
You can decorate both sides of your soap dispenser, but remember the soap is transparent and you will be able to see through to the other side.
Step #3: Apply your decorative stickers.
Carefully peel your stickers off the backing and place on your bottle being careful to avoid bubbles when smoothing down. Make sure you get it where you want it – they stick well. 🙂
Step #4: Cut your ribbon to fit your hand pump.
Once your stickers look the way you want, it’s time to cut your ribbon. There are two ways to do this. 1) Simply cut enough ribbon to wrap around the neck of the bottle and tie a bow, or 2) cut a small piece to wrap around the neck, hot glue it, then make a bow and hot glue the bow to the other piece.
The second way gives you more options. For example, you can use one style of ribbon for the neck of the bottle and another for the bow. Or, simply leave out the bow altogether for a more sophisticated look.
Your ribbon does not need to be glued to the hand pump. In fact, I prefer that it doesn’t. The reason is, it’s really handy to be able to slip it off to refill the bottle. It may be that you would rather use it without the ribbon, and it’s just there to jazz up your peppermint foaming hand wash when you gift it to your BFF.
Step #5: Fill your bottle.
Remove the ribbon and pump and set it to the side. Fill your bottle with your 2-4 Tbsp. of liquid Castile soap. Then, slowly add your distilled water, making sure you have room to insert the pump without liquid gushing out. Once full, add 10 drops of peppermint essential oil, or the essential oil combination of your choice.
Tighten down the pump dispenser on the top of your soap container and gently shake to incorporate the soap, water and peppermint essential oil. Then, wipe it all down and place your ribbon over the top.
Making your DIY foaming hand wash gift-able.
I like to pair the soap with a nice kitchen or bath hand towel. To wrap it all up, you can use a clear bread bag and close the top with curling ribbon. You can also print out a small sheet of paper or card stock that has the recipe with refill instructions!
Disclaimer: Jaimie is not the great and powerful Wizard of Oz, a lawyer, a doctor, a veterinarian, or a CPA. Nothing your read in my blog is a substitute for professional advice and doing your own good research. Remember that just because someone has credentials doesn’t guarantee their advice is golden or perfect. Put your smart hat on and do your due diligence. Good luck!
*Additionally, the information shared on this website/blog has not been evaluated by the FDA. The products and methods recommended are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease, nor are they intended to replace proper medical help.