How to Make Your Own Foaming Hand Soap

Refill Your Dispenser with Any Hand Soap and Keep It Foaming

Soapy hands at sink
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Once you see how easy it is to make your own foaming hand soap refills, you'll never want to buy the store-bought versions again. You won't be limited to just the varieties you see on the shelf. You can transform any liquid hand soap into foaming soap.

If you are washing your hands as much as is recommended throughout the day, you and your family could easily go through container after container of foaming soap.

The budget-friendly secret is that you can refill foaming hand soap containers easily and cheaply. You really need only to buy one container of foaming hand soap, and a refill of any liquid hand soap you like. Now we put the two together, and you can wash your hands effectively while spending less.

What You Need to Make Foaming Hand Soap

  • Empty foaming soap dispenser (buy one you like the look of - it will now last for years!) Make sure you are buying one that has a removable pump.
  • Liquid hand soap - any kind that you like.
  • Water
  • Measuring spoon - tablespoon

How to Make Foaming Hand Soap

  1. Rinse out the foaming hand soap dispenser and pump. You want to remove any caked-up soap residue as that might clog the pump. Wash it under warm running water, or soak it in the sink overnight and rinse.
  2. Fill the empty dispenser with clean water about three-quarters of the way with clean, warm water. You could use boiled or distilled water if you wish to be sure it is clean. Warm water works best for getting it mixed.
  1. Pour one tablespoon of liquid hand soap gently into the container. Swirl to mix. By adding the soap after the water, you won't end up with a lot of bubbles at the top.
  2. Fill the rest of the dispenser with water, leaving a little space at the top of the container for the pump.
  3. Screw on the lid/pump and shake.
  1. Pump the dispenser a few times to get the foaming started.

Variations for Foaming Hand Soap

  • If you are sensitive to scents, find unscented soap that you like and now you won't have to hunt for unscented foaming hand soap
  • If you don't like the idea of synthetic fragrances, you can add natural scents such as essential oils to that unscented soap
  • You can make grease-cutting foaming soap for the kitchen by using dishwashing liquid.
  • You will see some people suggest adding olive oil for moisturizing, but it won't mix in and will break the soap dispenser. Don't do it.

Is Foaming Hand Soap Effective?

One big advantage of foaming hand soap is that you don't need a concentrated soap to wash your hands effectively. Soap provides a surfactant that can help remove dirt and germs from your hands, but you really don't need much to bring about that action. It is the action of rubbing the soap foam around your hands and rinsing that is doing more of the cleansing work.

The beauty of this recipe is that you now can choose from a much wider array of liquid hand soap than you were you to search for specific foaming formulas. It's up to you whether you want an antibacterial soap or one with fewer additives. You decide on scented, unscented, colored or clear.

Now you only need to replace the dispenser when you get tired of it, not when you run out of foam.

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