Thursday, April 28, 2011

How to Make Foaming Hand Soap

foaming soap bottle
My family likes foaming hand soaps, but I can't bring myself to pay for new bottles--or even refills--every time we run out.

We're the ones who refill the liquid soap bottles at least a dozen times before we replace them!  I've tried refilling the bottles for liquid soap with body wash (which was about half the price, at the time), but it was too concentrated.  So we're back to refilling the liquid soap dispensers from the jumbo-super-economy size bottles.

For the foaming soap, though, I came across this tip on another blog--I forget which one!--and I've been using it regularly.

When the foaming-soap dispenser is empty, remove the cap.  To the empty bottle, add about one tablespoon of body wash.  (I've also used liquid dish soap, but the body wash gives better results.)  Slowly add enough water to fill the bottle about three-quarters full.  Replace the cap (or hold your hand over the bottle opening) and shake carefully.  Replace the cap, if you haven't done so.  Press the pump a few times to prime it, and you're ready to go.

body wash

This body wash, even when it's not on sale, costs about $3.00 for 13.5 ounces.  If it makes 25 refills, that works out to about 12 cents per refill.  It's not the best for greasy hands or after handling raw meat.  But for most of the times I wash my hands in the kitchen, this is what I use.

Do you have any tips for saving money on everyday basics like hand soap?


Jenn said...

I do this too, although I think I use a tad bit more soap. I have never actually measured it-I'm sort of an eyeballer. I usually buy the bigger size bubble baths at the Dollar Tree and use those :)

Vanessa said...

Thanks for the tip! I think I might try the Nivea Body Wash that I got for FREE at Walmart last week! Yay!

I usually buy Suave shampoo {usually around $.79 a bottle} for my boys to use, and I noticed that some varieties are VERY thick. Once they've used a little bit out of the bottle, I mix a little water in with the shampoo and found that it still works just as well and lasts longer.

Melissa said...

I've done that too!!

~ Noelle said...

thanks for the tip!!!
i will have to try this when our soap supply runs out :)

Granny ~oo~ said...

Great tip! I always found that pump soaps cause more waste. a full pump is too much for the average wash yet we see the kids use 3-4 pumps. I tried diluting with water but it just settles into layers. I must try my favourite body wash and a vigorous shake to see how it turns out.

Mim said...

Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial! I just included it in a post that rounds up a few great pointers about making your own foaming hand soap.

You can check out my post here:
Pinterest Made Me Do It: DIY Foaming Hand Soap

Kristie said...

Thanks for the tip. A creative way to save money. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

Jane Toney said...

Would love to try this, we go through so much soap with two boys.

Nancy said...

What a great idea! I have an empty foaming hand soap container that will be filled today, thanks to this great tip!

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