keep your paws clean

In our household, we like to keep our paws clean.

And I don't just mean clean of germs and dirt. I also mean clean of chemicals and irritants.

As part of my goal to health-ify the household, I started investing in non-toxic hand soap. There are a lot of options for hand soaps that you can buy with EWG ratings of 0. But they usually present one of two problems: a) they are ridiculously expensive, or b) they smell weird. Two problems I don't like to have.

So I tried something else.

I got myself a giant bottle of Dr. Bronner's citrus liquid castile soap. I waited until our foaming soap dispenser ran out. (If you don't have them, you can order some really inexpensive ones.) Then I did some mixing.

All you really need to make this soap is the dispenser, non-toxic liquid soap, and purified water. But I also added essential oils for a preservative and germ-killing boost, and aloe vera gel for moisture. You can purchase aloe vera gel, but just make sure it's pure. I finally was able to make use of our plant.

Buying a large bottle of soap is really economical; I estimate that each bottle of this will cost me $1-2. That is way better than just about anything in the natural soap market, and even rivals the cheapest in the regular market!

Plus, the whole process is way easy.

Non-Toxic Foaming Hand Soap

foaming soap dispenser
purified water
liquid castile soap
essential oils (optional)
1-2 tbsp aloe vera gel (optional)

The specific amount of each ingredient is not really important. If your water needs to be purified, bring it to a boil, and then allow it to sit until it reaches room temperature. Add any 4-6 drops of essential oil to the dispenser. Pour the water into your soap dispenser until it's about 3/4 full. Add the aloe vera and fill the rest of the dispenser with soap. Do not overfill, as the top will likely need to extend into the bottle a bit. It's important to add the soap last so it doesn't foam up as you add other ingredients.

I used citrus castile soap, with a few drops of grapefruit essential oil, and aloe vera gel from just one leaf. To get the gel out, start at the broken (fat) end of the stalk. Squeeze the leaf carefully to avoid the prickly parts; you should feel it sort of pop between your fingers. Then you can push the gel out. Repeat this process as you move towards the tip of the leaf.


  1. Awesome! I love Dr Bronner's but currently have Method hand soap - mainly because I love the soap pumps though!

  2. I love Dr. Bronner's too, but haven't bought it in quite some time. I like the idea of making it your own by adding essential oils. And aloe vera is amazing. I used it last year when I got a sunburn and it helped so much. I bought the pure form at Whole Foods. I still have some in my fridge and I am going to give this a try. Thanks for the great idea. I love all the cleaning tips and tricks you post here!

  3. I love Method soap too AnnaBelvita :)
    Also, vinegar + newspaper cleans mirrors like nothing else.

  4. girl, how'd you get to be so crafty?! can't wait for you to teach me your ways come fall! and also for some kitty paws of my own :)

    1. Eeeeppp!! I always love to meet new kitty paws!!

  5. Ok so I finally got around to making this! I waited for my bottles of hand soap to empty. They were non-toxic, but pricey. I didn't have the foaming bottles, but the regular leftover ones worked great. I used Dr. Bronner's peppermint and my aloe vera I had in the fridge. It smells wonderful and I'll be saving lots! I also used Dr. Bronner's to give my dog a bath the other day and he smells great! I've cut way down on the amount of cleaners I buy and use. I make my own window cleaner too. Thanks for the great tip! I love these. :)

    1. Yayy! So glad to hear it worked out for you. I would love to hear your window cleaner recipe. We're still using up some old, toxic stuff (we don't keep our windows very clean, hehe), but I've heard white vinegar is amazing.

  6. That's exactly what I do...2 cups of water to 1/4 cup of vinegar, plus a dab of liquid dish soap. I use planet dish soap. The dab of soap helps with any streaks. Just add it all to a spray bottle and you're good to go!


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