DIY Foaming Handsoap + Preschoolers Eco-Living Checklist

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Two years ago when I did a complete makeover on my site, I wanted something to really encompass the things that mattered to us.  Our family, our earth, those were the main things I wanted to convey.  After tons of thinking and trying out names, we finally settled on Our Piece of Earth.  It felt right.  While we have always done what we can to take care of our earth, we wanted a spot that we could share some of our ideas.  We wanted to be able to tell people, hey, this is an easy change to make.  Most important, we wanted to teach our kids to do their part as well.  Spring is such a great time to rethink what we have been doing and how we can make some changes for the good.  While we were out picking up garbage on a walk the other day, I started thinking about one or two small changes that we could make right away to be a little more eco friendly, or even just to eliminate some more toxins from our daily life.

How can my kids live more eco-friendly?Fast forward a few days and we were at Walmart getting groceries and a few other things. As we were walking through the toothpaste aisle, this mental conversation I was having with myself popped back into my mind.  I have seen the Tom’s of Maine products before in the stores many times.  I can’t even tell you how many times I have picked it up and then put it back.  I knew that Tom’s of Maine had no artificial colors, flavors, fragrances, or preservatives.  Since I talk to the kids often about making conscious decisions about what we put in or on our bodies, I decided that now was the time to act on that idea.  We picked up some Silly Strawberry children’s toothpaste for the kids.  They were really excited because they each got their own toothpaste plus a new toothbrush!

Where can I find an all natural toothpaste?But we didn’t stop there.  I’m a firm believer in leading by example.  John and I picked up some toothpaste for ourselves.  We decided to try the Tom’s of Maine Antiplaque & Whitening toothpaste as well as the Whole Care toothpaste.

We were on a roll though, so since my stockpile of deodorant was almost gone and I knew that the Tom’s of Maine product line also included deodorant, we picked up some Tom’s of Maine fresh apricot.

Find an all natural toothpaste.This small change felt so good!  The kids thought it was exciting because I thought it was exciting.  All of this excitement got me all geared up for some Earth Day fun.  There are so many small changes that you can make, whether for yourself, your kids, or the entire family.  Living a more eco friendly life doesn’t have to be difficult.  Incorporate one small change at a time.  Get use to it and then make another change.  Before you know it, you will be done using toxin filled products.  I’m willing to bet there are some things you are already doing to protect our earth.  Do you recycle?  Use a water filter or refillable water cooler?  Paper, not plastic?  Small changes everyday.  Join our family and Tom’s of Maine and make every day Earth Day, starting at the bathroom sink.  Click here to get $1.00 off any Tom’s of Maine product purchase at Walmart.

Because I want to share just how easy it can be to live more eco friendly, I want to share this DIY lemon hand soap recipe with you.  If you can imagine {or perhaps it’s your reality too}, having a 2 year old, 4 year old and a 5 month old, there is a lot of hand washing going on here.  Since the older 2 go to the bathroom by themselves, they also wash their hands independently.  That often means a lot of soap gets used.  This soap is so cheap to make and I can change up the scents whenever I make a new bottle.

How to make foaming hand soap.

DIY Foaming Hand Soap

Total Time: 5 minutes

Per Serving 3 calories

Fat 1 g





  • Empty Soap Dispenser
  • 2 TBSP Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap
  • 5-20 drops Essential Oils


  1. Add 2 tbsp Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap to the dispenser bottle. Add your choice of essential oils. Fill 3/4 of the way with water. Gently shake to mix ingredients. Add cap.


Lavender, Melaleuca, Wild Orange, Lemon, Germanium and Peppermint are great antibacterial essential oils.

How to make foaming hand soap. Before you know it, you will be making your own body wash, laundry detergent and so much more.  It all starts with one small change.  This time, our small change was focused on the bathroom.  With our Tom’s of Maine toothpaste and deodorant, we can feel good knowing that we start off each day with that small change that can spiral forward through the day creating bigger and better changes.

Get your kids on board with this printable checklist of things they can do to live more eco friendly.  We laminated it and hung it on a clipboard with a dry erase marker.  Each day, they make sure they are checking off some things.

How can my kids be more eco-friendly?

How will you and your family be more eco-friendly this year?  What is that small change that will get you started?  What eco-friendly changes can you make this year starting at your bathroom sink?

26 thoughts on “DIY Foaming Handsoap + Preschoolers Eco-Living Checklist

    • My sister was here today for Easter and said the same thing. I’m going to convince her to “go green” eventually.

  1. I am not sure if you know, but the whole left side of your post is cut off by the ad you have running. It’s really hard to read.

    But this soap sounds like a neat idea.

    • I had a couple people tell me. Not sure what the problem was, but I got it all fixed. Sorry for the hassle, but thanks so much for letting me know.

  2. I’ve never made homemade soap before, but we do make our own hand sanitizer with almond and tea tree oils. We love Tom’s toothpastes, they have great flavors and are easy to swallow (erm, not swallow, haha) Let’s just say I feel better giving the kids Tom’s to brush their teeth because of the natural focus.

  3. I have been experimenting more with essential oils lately. I do realize though that I have to get some Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap for a lot of the cool recipes that I want to make, like yours! I cant wait to try this one.

    • I’m finally starting to really use our oils for making household things. I’m hoping by the end of the year we can be completely transformed.

  4. This is just awesome because my daughter is allergic to most hand soaps out there. I am totally going to try this. Thanks for sharing.

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