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

Making your foaming Dr. Bronner’s soap is a very easy process.  You’ll need three things -

  • Dr. Bronner’s castile liquid soap (any flavor will do, but I have a genetic bias towards peppermint)
  • Empty bottle of Dial foaming soap (the Dial soap will set you back just a few bucks, but the value of the empty bottle is priceless!)
  • Tap water

Ingredients for Dr. Bronner's Foaming SoapOnce you’ve assembled your items, follow these steps -

  1. Begin with the empty bottle of Dial foaming soap*, and rinse it until the water runs clear through the bottle
  2. Send some pumps of clean water through the foam trap (at the top) to clear it out
  3. Pour the water out, and refill it with cold water to the middle of the letter “D” on Dial
  4. Pour in Dr. Bronner’s (slowly!) up to the mark on the back of the bottle that says “Fill to Here”
  5. Screw the cap back on, give the bottle a light agitating and send a few pumps of your new concoction through the foam trap
  6. Enjoy!

This completes the task, the end result is a great, multi-purpose foaming soap that is easy on your skin and on the environment.  Make sure you gently agitate the bottle every once in a while to mix up the solution, which keeps the soap mixed in the water, instead of at the bottom.  You don’t want to vigorously shake it though, a light ‘swishing’ will do.  Depending on how many sinks you have, you can create one at each hand washing station.

Happy washing, folks!   ;o)

*After you buy the soap, you have a choice to make.  Dump it down the drain, or use it.  Either way, once you have an empty bottle, proceed post-haste to remove yourself from the hysteria of the antibacterial bandwagon.


  1. Just today your 12 year old niece used 1/4 Dr. B’s 3/4 water to clean her make up brushes. She learned about it on You Tube! I knew you’d be proud :) The Dr. B’s family tradition lives on.

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