How to make Dr. Bronner’s foaming soap – rebooted

Part 2 of 2 of “Dr. Bronner’s Foaming Soap”…  (part 1 can be found here)

Whew.  It has been a hectic time since the last real post.  I’ve been frantically preparing for our first camping trip as a family (read:  throwing everything but the kitchen sink into bins, boxes, and duffel bags in preparation for the end of the world).   The trip has come and gone and I must say, while some of the preparations were just a touch overboard, things went off without a hitch, and we had a truly memorable experience as a family.  Mission accomplished!  But wait -

Before I get lost into the details of our trip, I want to follow up on my post about making “foaming supercharged peppermint magic soap”.  The last tutorial went off on a bit of a tangent, and I promised to keep the follow up on point.  Here goes nothing…

In addition to enjoying the good smelling and good feeling benefits of using Dr. Bronner’s as a foaming soap, you’ll benefit in other ways, too.  A shot of Dr. Bronner’s goes a long way, financially (by using less, you’ll be consuming, and spending, less), philosophically (read a passage on the label at each fill-up), and environmentally (Dr. Bronner’s is biodegradable and the packaging is 100% post-consumer recycled).

Now that you know you need Dr. Bronner’s foaming soap, what ever shall you do with it once you have it??? Here are just a few of the ways that you can use it that I have found, undoubtedly there are many more -

  • Foaming Hand Soap – any flavor, but peppermint and almond are particularly nice
  • Foaming Face Wash – Tea Tree Dr. B’s works great, as outlined in this post by Lisa Bronner
  • Foaming Fruit/Veggie Wash – get rid of the gunk on your fruits and veggies VERY fast with peppermint Dr. Bronner’s; Your produce will thank you for it
  • Foaming Dish Soap – Peppermint works okay, but is not as powerful as full strength; Good for things like coffee mugs; I’ve also used it on cast iron, without ill effect
  • Foaming Baby Wash – use Baby Mild Dr. Bronner’s in the bath tub with your young ‘uns
  • Foaming Shave Cream – a decent substitute for your campsite (or homesite!), if you don’t have a full solution bottle of Dr. Bronner’s; Peppermint works great, and opens the pores right up

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Dr. Bronner’s Foaming Soap (or the merits of throwing out your anti-bacterial soap…)

Who is Dr. Bronner anyway??? Photo cropped from www.dr.bronner.comDr. Bronner’s has many various uses around the house.  You can wash your body, your beard, your hair, your kids, your dog, your fruits and veggies,  your dishes, your carpet, your car,  your neighbor’s car – you get the picture.   The main thing to remember:  this is highly concentrated stuff, a little goes a long  way!  You need to use the appropriate amount (and type) of Dr. B’s for the job at hand, otherwise you are wasting this precious and wonderful smelling commodity.  The most basic use of Dr. Bronner’s is for hand soap.  What could possibly be better than plain-old supercharged peppermint magic soap?  That’s right:  foaming supercharged peppermint magic soap!  Not only can this foaming magic soap be used at home, it can be used extensively around the campsite! In this post, I’ll show you how to make foaming Dr. Bronner’s hand soap.

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Dr. Bronner’s is not promoted, nor should it be, as an “anti-bacterial” soap.  This stuff is too good to be labled anything but “magic soap”.   It is, however, in the “disinfectant” category of soaps.  According to my extensive research (not!), and the Bronner family’s blogger-mom, Lisa Bronner, anti-bacterial soap kills 99.9% of the “bad stuff” and disinfectant soaps kill 99%.   Big whoop.  Before the advent of “anti-bacterial” soap, what did we ever do?  Lions and tigers and germs, oh my!  You don’t need “anti-bacterial” to have clean hands.  Soap and water people, soap and water.  Sure, if you are about to go into surgery or are a dental hygienist, by all means, anti-bacterial is probably preferable for your given trade, but for the average person at home – why subject yourself to even more chemicals that you cant spell, pronounce, or be reasonably sure of the source?  I personally have no earthly idea where or what labs sodiom lauryl sulfate or triclosan are concocted in.  I can, however, wrap my brain around the origins of coconut, hemp, olive, and other oils/extracts that go into Dr. Bronner’s soaps.  Call me crazy. [Read more...]

Magic Soap

Dr. Bronner's Magic SoapDr. Bronner’s Magic Soap.  The name says it all, huh?  In my very first blog post about gear, I thought I would list the one product that I use every day, camping or no.   According to the bottle, you only need two cosmetics:  Dr. Bronner’s and enough sleep.  This soap is so versatile that I’m going to give it it’s own category and teach you the things that you can do with it.  Isn’t that exciting?!?!

I was introduced to Dr. B’s by my dad.  I don’t know when he first started using it around the house, but I’ve been around this stuff since I was at least ten, if not before.   It was always by the kitchen sink, and NEVER left behind on a camping trip.  I remember getting it as a Christmas present several times.  I used to think that was pretty weird, but I guess my dad was just forward thinking.  Today, I would JUMP WITH JOY at receiving Dr. B’s as a present.

Like with camping, I had a hiatus from Dr. B’s for about 15 years.  About a year ago I saw some in a store, opened the bottle and took a whiff.  As the memories came rushing back, I suppose I knew I was hooked.  There are some things that cannot be genetically denied, and this is definitely one of them.  Counting my dad, myself, and of course Joe, we have three generations of Dr. Bronner users!   Today I was talking to my dad about my addiction to the stuff, and he said there are worse things to be obsessed with, which I guess is true.  Much better than “pills and 90 proof”, as Hank once said.  I wonder if there is a 12 step program for highly concentrated peppermint soap addicts, LOL.

If you can’t wait, head over to to learn more about this magical stuff.   If you can wait, I’ll try to keep up with the demand.  ;o)