DIY Foaming Hand Wash: Just 5 Ingredients!

DIY Foaming Hand Wash: Just 5 Ingredients!

Crafting natural hygiene from the comfort of your home.

Discover how to effortlessly create a gentle but effective hand washing experience. This recipe embodies simplicity and uses only five natural ingredients!

70g Vegetable Glycerine

3.75g Geogard Ultra

37.5g Decyl Glucoside

25g Cocamidopropyl Betaine


Mixing Instructions

  1. Combine the Vegetable Glycerine and the Geogard Ultra in a container and stir until uniform.
  2. Add the Decyl Glucoside and the Cocamidopropyl Betaine next. Stir to combine.
  3. Add the Distilled Water last and stir again gently until the mixture is uniform.
  4. You will need to test the pH of this formulation and make adjustments if necessary.
  5. Package in a bottle with a foamer top.

Testing & Adjusting the pH

Most formulations containing water will need to be pH-tested. The optimum pH level for this formulation is around 4.75, so you will need to test it, and if necessary, adjust it to bring it to that level.  

To test the pH of your formulation, take a 2g sample of your complete mixture and mix it in 18g of distilled water. Insert a pH meter or pH strips into the mixture and wait for a reading. If the pH level is approximately 4.75, you will not need to adjust it. If it is too high or too low, you will need to adjust it using a buffer solution. To learn more about pH levels and buffer solutions, check out our blog post.

Shelf Life & Storage

Since this formulation contains water, a preservative is required to keep it fresh and usable. The preservative in this recipe is Geogard Ultra. Store this product in a cool and dry place away from direct sunlight. This will give it a shelf life of around one full year. If you notice a change in scent, colour, or texture, dispose of it as it will not be fit for use.