Dish Soap Kitchen Tip

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When washing dishes by hand, I like to use a sponge and foaming dish soap.   I used to squirt dish soap directly from the bottle onto the sponge, but when Dawn Direct Foaming Dish Soap first came out, I tried it and loved it.

Rather than buying more of the Dawn Direct soap, I kept the foaming dispenser and started making my own refill solution.

I use any type of transparent dish soap (thick white soaps tend to mess up the foaming part of the dispenser).  I add about 1/2 cup of dish soap to an empty dispenser, add water to the fill line, and gently tilt it back and forth to combine the soap and water.  That’s it!

foaming dish soap

You can adjust the amount of soap you use to be a little more or a little less, but too much soap will keep it from being able to foam properly.  I don’t measure it any more.  I know about how much to put in and slightly more or less doesn’t make much difference.

One dispenser of this diluted dish soap lasts us a pretty long time.  I’m sure it’s cheaper than buying refill solution, and I know we use less soap than squirting it directly onto a sponge.

I find that foaming soap is especially good when kids are helping to wash dishes.  It makes them feel like they have plenty of soap and they like the foaminess of it.

Do you use foaming dish soap at your house?

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  1. Terri says

    I also dilute soap in a dispenser for when I just need to wash up one piece or a cat dish, and for hand-washing – it does not foam however – need to find a foaming dispenser. However Dawn or Palmolive and other petroleum based soaps are not as gentle on your hands or the environment. Seventh Generation and Ecos are the 2 most popular and when they go on sale, they are as affordable as any. They are vegetable based, and clean just as well, maybe better, and also are good for hand-soap dispensers and spot cleaning fabrics. Trader Joe’s also has vegetable based dish soaps, but they seem to be thinner to begin with and do not go as far for the money.

  2. Jennifer says

    I have that same dispenser! Never thought of taking the label off. 😛 And yes, I make my own refill solution, too. Thanks for your directions!

  3. says

    I’ve been refilling my foaming bottle for about a year. Think it may be time to buy a new one, this one seems to be wearing out. I buy the cheapest dish soap I can find for refills (the thicker soaps tend to clog things up) and I still just add a very small amount and fill with water.

    I’ve been thinking about a foaming bottle in the bathroom in place of hand soap as well.

  4. says

    I do like foaming soap but do pretty much what you did. I bought the foaming soap once and now I refill the bottle with either Mrs. Meyers’ or Dr. Bronners’ at about 1/2 strength.

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