Cold & flu season has arrived, so it’s time for us moms to pull out our arsenal of all things germ-fighting!
One tool in my germ-fighting tool belt is this DIY immune boost foaming hand soap that I make myself in about 5 minutes. You just need some essential oils, a foaming soap bottle, and castile soap! We all know how exhausting it is nursing a sick kid (or even worse when mom actually gets sick), so let’s do what we can now to prevent that from happening this season!
Please read my Essential Oil Common Sense Safety page before using this essential oil recipe.
I am not a medical professional and the information presented here is merely for educational purposes and not intended to replace medical advice. It is your responsibility to do your own research, consult with your doctor, and make safe decisions for yourself and your family.
Materials You’ll Need To Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice Foaming Hand Soap
- Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap, unscented (This 32 oz bottle will give you many batches of foaming hand soap – probably enough to last you a year or more!)
- 5 drops each of Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Lemon and Clove Bud Essential Oils. (or you could even use 25 drops of this Immune Strength Blend)
- Vegetable Glycerin, optional
- Empty foaming soap bottle – You can just re-use an old foaming soap bottle you may have at home.
These five essential oils: Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus, Lemon, and Rosemary, are commonly found in any immune system blends. You may wonder why these are the 5 golden germ fighters and here’s why:
Cinnamon, Clove, and Eucalyptus are known for their anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.
Lemon (or citrus oils in general) contains antiseptic and anti-viral properties.
Rosemary is anti-bacterial and an expectorant.
These essential oils sound like the perfect combo we need to help wash off and/or kill those nasty cold or flu viruses, or even bacteria from strep or pink eye! You may already be familiar with other brands of essential oils like Immune Strength, Thieves, Armour, or On Guard. These have the same 5 oils you will find in those blends as well.
If you start feeling any symptoms such as a sore throat, sinus headache, stuffy nose, etc., I will also recommend using these same oils in an essential oil roller bottle and apply it right away!
Here’s how to make a DIY Immune Boost Foaming Hand Soap.
Start by getting your new empty foaming hand soap bottle, or rinse out and dry one you had from another foaming hand soap you purchased at the store. Then fill to bottle with 1/4 cup of castile soap.
Then you will want to add 5 drops each of Cinnamon, Rosemary…
….Clove, Eucalyptus, and Lemon essential oils to make up your immune boosting blend. Or as I mentioned above, you could use 25 drops Immune Strength Blend if you have this instead of the individual oils.
You can also add 1 tsp of glycerin for a thicker, smoother texture to your soap. If you have some on hand, go ahead and add it to your bottle.
My 4-year-old daughter wanted to be the “tester” of our germ-fighting soap. Aren’t these hands so cute? I’m sure they are to you because this isn’t your kid that you know deep down has really sticky and grubby hands that desperately need this soap!! 😉
So moms, let’s do all we can this season to keep our families healthy so we can avoid needed extra tissue boxes around our house!
Also since this is so easy to make, I recommend making a few bottles up at once, so you can have them at multiple sinks in your house.
If you are looking for a practical DIY gift to give a teacher this time of year, make up this germ-fighting soap for a classroom! Then you can add some other DIY pampering items for your teacher as well like a peppermint foot lotion or lavender foot soak!
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