Make Your Own Foaming Hand Soap

We go through a lot of hand soap in this house. I’m glad. It means we’re washing off dirt and germs. Sometimes my boys don’t wash their hands as well as they should (I know this when I see dirt on the towel), but at least they are in the habit of washing.

Here’s what I do to make hand washing easy and economical. I bought foaming hand soap for each bathroom and the laundry room. When it was gone, I refilled the bottles using 2 tablespoons of liquid dish soap and water, being sure to leave some room at the top of the bottle for inserting the pump. I then tilt it back and forth a few times to mix it up.

The soap lasts quite a while and we don’t have trouble with it drying our skin any more than other soaps. I have learned to eyeball it and don’t measure the soap anymore, but if you add too much soap, it can cause the pump to not work well. I have also used the larger bottles that have the foaming dish soap in them. They are not as attractive, though.

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  1. lizzykristine says

    Great idea! I have some of those old foam pumps sitting around, waiting for me to buy refills… or to make my own refills. :)

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