How To Make Your Own Foamy Hand Soap

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by on June 22, 2010

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How To Make Your Own Foamy Hand Soap

I’ve been making my own foamy hand soap around our house for at least a year- but I just realized that I haven’t shared this easy frugal tip with all of you! Not only does make your own Foamy Handy Soap save you money, but you can also customize it to be exactly how you like and it is eco-friendly since you are using less.

All you will need is:

  • An empty foaming hand soap dispenser
  • Your favorite Liquid Dish Soap
  • Water
  • Optional: Fragrance (lavender oil, etc)

Plus, it is super easy – so easy, that I wanted to actually show you how to make it in this short video…

If you can’t see the above video, you can also watch it HERE.

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  • http://gettinhealthycheap.blogspot.com Julie

    I always wondered if you could do that! Thanks, I’m going to start making it too!
    .-= Julie´s last blog ..One Too Many Spin Classes =-.

  • http://www.savingcentswithsense.net Melissa

    You’re welcome, Julie! You can see how easy it is- and you can use whatever dish soap you want (even better when we can get it FREE with coupons!) :)

  • http://amsyfinerthings.com Amy @ Finer Things

    Does it work with a regular dispenser or only with the foam dispensers?

  • http://www.savingcentswithsense.net Melissa

    Great question, Amy. I have only used the foam dispensers- I think the regular dispensers won’t create the “foaming action”.

  • Louise

    I’ve had the best results with reusing a foaming soap container. The other way the soap is just watery & slimy. I also put the water in the container first before adding the soap – you get more mixture & less bubbles in the container.

  • http://domesticfail.blogspot.com Amanda

    I’d say use your least favorite shampoo or body wash rather than your most favorite soap. Between this, and using conditioner as shaving cream, you can use up products that were cheap, but didn’t work well for their intended purpose. We’re almost done with the Vitamin shampoo I hated. Pearly shampoos can leave a bit of a white residue in the dispenser, but that rinses out easily enough.

  • Molly

    I did this yesterday! It definitely works better in the foaming soap dispenser. If only I’d put the water in first…

  • kirsten

    This tip came right in the nick of time today when my husband announced that we were out of hand soap! I rescued the foaming soap bottle out of the bathroom trash can( it was on top) & refilled the bottle using your recipe! Thanks so much!!! Great tip & it will certainly save us some $ :)

  • T

    I have tried this successfully for years and found that it works very well. I also rinse out empty shampoo, dish soap, conditioner and bodywash bottles and use the rinse water instead of tap water. Those leftover slivers of soap bars get put in there too. Cuts down on how much liquid soap is required.
    Before refilling, the dispensers gets sent through the washer to reduce soap scum build-up.
    And of course, all that dry Arizona air concentrates any rinse water if the bottle is allowed to sit on the patio awhile :)

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  • Paula Herbstreit

    Hi, I have been doing this as well for a very long time. Actually I use regular softsoap(or offbrand) and even add some of my scented bath and Body hand soap to make it smell really good. 3/4 water and 1/4 soap. Great money saver. I save all my foam soap bottles from bath and body.

  • Rebekah Getscher

    I tried this and it came out awesome, but the next day it came out watery! Why would it do this??

  • Rebekah Getscher

    I tried this and it came out awesome, but the next day it came out watery! Why would it do this??

  • http://www.savingcentswithsense.net/ Melissa Hurst

    Hi Rebekah – I have noticed sometimes that certain dispensers won’t have it foam as well. My favorite right now is the dispensers from Bath & Body Works – I buy ones on clearance (end of season) and keep them on hand when I need a new dispenser. Hope that helps!

  • http://www.savingcentswithsense.net/ Melissa Hurst

    Hi Rebekah – I have noticed sometimes that certain dispensers won’t have it foam as well. My favorite right now is the dispensers from Bath & Body Works – I buy ones on clearance (end of season) and keep them on hand when I need a new dispenser. Hope that helps!

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