DIY “Thieves” Foaming Hand Soap

Foaming Thieves hand soap smells wonderful, cleans your hands well, and helps kill germs (okay, any soap will do that but Thieves SMELLS so good!). It is also kind of spendy! Even the refills make me cringe so I thought making a DIY version was worth a shot. I reused the Thieves foaming soap bottles and it worked well.

My older son loves the smell of Thieves soap too, and since he has moved into his apartment in another state is in need of some good hand soap.

I was able to order some nice foaming soap bottles from Amazon, and had YL Thieves oil and liquid hand soap. The soap I used is the big jug of moisturizing hand soap with aloe from Sam’s, but you just need about an ounce per bottle. I do not recommend the antibacterial soaps with triclosan added.

A bit about Thieves blend…I like Young Living’s Thieves best of all the ones I have tried. I do NOT think Young Living has the ONLY pure, safe, effective essential oils and I freely use oils from other companies, but this particular blend just smells better to me than any other I have tried. When purchasing oils, do your research and be sure you trust the company as to the purity of the oils.

If you wanted any other essential oil scent you can substitute pretty much any oil you like. Lavender is always nice, and I love grapefruit scented soap too.

Here’s what you need to make “Bootleg” Thieves Hand Soap:

Foaming soap bottle

Liquid hand soap, ideally moisturizing

Thieves oil (or whatever floats your boat)

Distilled water

Glass measuring cup

Measuring spoon (tablespoon)

Whisk or fork

Foaming Soap refill supplies
Materials for making DIY Thieves Foaming Soap

Measure about 2 Tablespoons of the liquid soap into the cup.

Add 15 drops of Thieves essential oil to the soap and mix with the fork or whisk.

Add about 4 ounces of distilled water and mix well.

Pour your mix into the soap bottle.

Add another 4 ounces or so of water and swirl to mix.

Add a couple more ounces of water to total about 10 ounces. You need to leave plenty of headroom to allow for the foam pump. I was making these to send to New Mexico so left a bit more headroom to allow for altitude changes. This was less successful than I had hoped, but at least the box smelled good when my son opened it.

Close tightly and swirl gently to mix; way back in Chemistry lab we were taught to “invert and swirl”.

If you have a label maker you can put one on. Chalkboard style labels would be really cute but I didn’t have any of those.

Bootleg Thieves Foaming Soap

Here are the three bottles all ready to ship west…I bagged them in a sealed Ziploc but apparently they still leaked.

Bootleg Thieves Foaming Soap bottles

Well, that’s my little tutorial. I hope you find it helpful!

New Color for the Dining Room

Our house was built in 1983.  The very first thing we did after we closed on it back in 2004 was rip out the old brown cut pile carpet in the living and dining rooms (yes, carpet in the dining room, it’s an eighties thing).  The second thing we did was take out the strange little pony wall with spindles that was supposed to divide the front door from the living room.  Third, I removed the wallpaper in the dining room (meanwhile husband took out the weird tile in the entry and accidentally broke through to the crawlspace beneath the house, but that’s another story.) I trashed the drywall in the process and we had to texture it.  

And so it was painted boring ecru for a while until I decided I really liked a country French/ Tuscan vibe and painted it “Butternut Squash” (okay, it’s actually safety yellow)…and I liked it until about four years ago.  Then I wanted robin’s egg blue, but how, oh how, to choose. the. perfect. one?  This dilemma went on and on…

Younger son’s birthday a while back…note the safety yellow walls

 Various life type things happened over the years, and finally this past April it looked like I would have the time and inclination to paint that darned room. Really I could hardly stand to see it anymore, which is bad because I am in this room constantly and I have to see it from the kitchen and living room!

 I finally picked a color.  There is lots of excellent advice on the internet about choosing the perfect paint color.  I don’t have much to add.  I hung little paint chips on the wall, popped for a sample sized can of what I thought I wanted and slapped a big 2 x 2 swatch on a couple of the walls.  I didn’t hate it so I bought a gallon and got it done in one 24 hour period, thanks to my wonderful husband moving furniture for me.  I am really happy with the color, and the Clark and Kensington paint went on well and covered nicely.  Two coats and it’s like a new room.  So much better!  And it only took me four years.  

Harbor Lane Paint sample from Clark + Kensington
Harbor Lane Paint sample from Clark + Kensington

Older son’s birthday this year, look, blue walls!

Blue Dining Room
So much better!

The takeaway?  Just go paint the wall already!  Paint is fairly cheap and many stores will even give you a do-over color.  I felt so much better once the yellow was gone.  Is the blue I painted on trendy?  I don’t care, I just love it.  Do what you like and what makes you happy!