Frugal DIY Foaming Hand Soap

posted by Andrea | 06/12/2015
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Earlier this month, I shared that one of my favorite things is foaming hand soap — mainly because it’s SO much easier for kids to use than the regular gel soaps or bar soaps.

After sharing that post, I got several emails and comments about the fact that foaming soaps tends to be much more expensive than gel or bar soaps in the long run (because you use it up faster).

Well, since I’ve actually been making my own foaming hand soap (and since that recipe is super frugal) I figured it was a good time to share it here on my blog.

I first learned about how to make my own foaming hand soap from this post on MoneySavingMom.com… so when I purchased the Method foaming hand soap pump several months ago, I was excited about finally trying the DIY foaming hand soap recipe.

It didn’t take long to run out of our first bottle of soap, and instead of filling it with the Method foaming hand soap refills, I filled it with the Method GEL soap refill.

The key however, is to only add about a 1/2 inch of gel soap to the bottom of the soap pump, then fill the rest of the pump with water!

After GENTLY swirling the soap into the water, you’ll end up with a full bottle of foaming hand soap for mere pennies (you don’t want to shake it too hard or it will make a mess).

Plus, if you purchase larger refill containers of gel soap, you will probably be set with soap for a couple of years (unless your kids have fun “playing” with the soap like mine do!)

This recipe is so simple and saves so much money when it comes to buying and using foaming hand soap! Plus, as I mentioned above, if you have small children, the foaming hand soap really is much easier for them to use themselves. Even Simon can scrub and rinse his own hands at 15 months old!

Also, although I have not tried it myself, I know other people who simply use a little dish soap to make foaming hand soap (which is probably even less expensive). The only type of “gel” soaps that don’t work for foaming hand soaps are the creamy gel soaps.

Do you have any other frugal DIY cleaning recipes?

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11 comments

  1. Pat Harris

    06/20/2015

    I have been doing this for years but I have a problem with the pumps failing on the third or fourth refill. Have you found a pump that works longer? I even invested in one of those $10.00 bottles from Bed Bath and Beyond that has markings on the bottle for the amount of soap and the amount of water. It lasted 2 fills!

    Pat Harris

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    Christina Reply:

    I also have this problem. The pumps start “sticking” after a few refills. I’d be curious to know if there’s a brand of pump that lasts longer.

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  2. Liz

    06/18/2015

    Hi Andrea, where else can you buy this soap and the soap refill? The link you sent via Amazon is only for Prime Users? Any idea? Do they sell this at Meijer? This is a great idea for our family since we go thru liquid soap like we go thru water! 🙂

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    Andrea Reply:

    I should be available and Meijer and Target — probably Walmart too. You could also do a search for it on Amazon — I didn’t realize I linked to a link just for Prime users… oops!

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  3. Tracey

    06/14/2015

    I’ve been doing the exact same thing for awhile now, and it has worked out so well! Such a great tip to share on your blog. It saves money and the environment by reusing that pump bottle many times over,

    Foaming hand soap is a great “invention”…so much quicker and easier to have that instant lather. We love the Sweet Water scent, but all the Method soaps are so nice.

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  4. Melissa Frederick

    06/12/2015

    Do you know if this would work with hand sanitizer as well? I teach Kindergarten, and we go through TONS of hand sanitizer every year!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Honestly, I have no idea — but you could always try a really small batch. That’s actually a really good idea if it does work!

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  5. Rachel

    06/12/2015

    I purchased the foaming soap dispenser from Pampered Chef a few years ago but I also have recycled one from Bath and Body works. In both of them, I put a small amount of dish soap and fill the rest with water. Works like a charm. Except the “lotiony” type soap does not work so I stick with good ole Dawn original.

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  6. Georgia

    06/12/2015

    We’ve been doing this for years with foam and gel pumps to extend the use of our soap and to also save money. With a family of seven, I’ve learned that saving money in the smallest of areas can add up to big savings! Take care and enjoy your day~ 🙂

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  7. Jaime

    06/12/2015

    We’ve been doing this for a couple of months and I love it! We also have two of the Misto oil sprayers, one for vegetable oil and one for olive oil, that we can refill and reuse. While I certainly appreciate the money saved with these and the soap pump, I have really enjoyed not having to remember to buy them, or worse yet, running out and not realizing it until they’re needed!

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes, it’s amazing how long the soap lasts when you only need a little bit every time to make a whole bottle!

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