How to Make Your Own Foaming Hand Soap

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Pick up a bottle of liquid hand soap, and use it to make your own foaming hand soap. One 64-oz bottle of liquid soap refill is enough to make 128 bottles of foaming hand soap. If you're used to spending $3 for each bottle, that's a savings of $381! Nothing shabby about that. And the crazy thing? It takes less than 30 seconds to make a batch. So, if you're looking for easy ways to save money, this is something you've got to try.

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What You Need to Make Foaming Hand Soap

  • An empty foaming soap dispenser
  • Liquid hand soap - any brand you like
  • Water
  • A tablespoon measuring spoon

How to Make Foaming Hand Soap

  1. Fill the empty dispenser about three-quarters of the way full with clean, warm water. Warm water helps to get the soap mixed in.
  2. Pour one tablespoon of liquid hand soap into the container.
  3. Screw on the lid/pump and shake vigorously to mix the soap and water together.
  4. Pump the dispenser a few times to get the foaming started.

Variations for Foaming Hand Soap

  • If you're sensitive to scents, make your foaming soap from unscented liquid soap
  • If you don't like the idea of synthetic fragrances, use unscented soap. Then, add essential oils to create your own natural fragrance blends
  • Make grease-cutting foaming soap for the kitchen by using dishwashing liquid, instead of hand soap
  • Some people suggest adding olive oil to make moisturizing soap, but it won't mix in and is likely to break the pump. Use a liquid soap with Vitamin E, instead.

    This recipe is easy to customize to your needs and preferences. Use an antibacterial soap, or one with fewer additive; choose scented soap or unscented, colored or clear. You can even melt down a bar of soap, and use that as your base.

    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's the action of rubbing the soap foam around your hands and rinsing that is doing most of the cleansing work.

    And that's great news if you have young kids who tend to go overboard with the soap. Just replace your liquid soap dispenser with a foaming soap dispenser, and you'll have fewer messy clean ups.

    A Word About Foaming Soap Dispensers

    Foaming soap dispensers aren't made to last forever. Once yours stops pumping properly, just buy the cheapest bottle of foaming hand soap that you can find, and start filling it with your homemade refill once it runs out.

    If you prefer, you can also buy empty dispensers online.

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