How to Make Homemade Foaming Hand Soap

March 21, 2014

Foaming hand soap that comes out to the pump already sudsy, bubbly and easy to use is quickly becoming the soap of choice in households with young children as well as those without. For children, it is so much easier to use, as well as rinse off, without spilling soap on the counter or washing it unused down the drain.

There are many foaming hand soaps to choose from, several companies make the foaming soap aimed directly at children, while others make lavish scents geared for adults. The thing about the foaming soap is that it is the dispenser is what makes it foam, not just the soap itself. The foaming soaps are just as expensive, if not more expensive, with only a small fraction of the amount of soap actually used in it. In addition, these companies sell the Refills for the same expensive prices. Instead of paying extra for the ease of using the foaming soap, you can make your own at home and save tons of money at the same time. And it is easier than you think!

You can obtain the foaming pump in several different ways. If you have already bought a foaming soap, then great, you are ready to go, you can reuse that pump and start saving money now. If you tossed your dispenser, or if you never bought one in the first place, you can buy one. Just like most anything else, they come in all sorts of price ranges, it is up to you to decide which one you want to get, how fancy you want it to be, and how much you are willing to spend. I have a few different pumps listed at the end of this article for you to look at. You can also purchase another container of pre-made foaming hand wash, and then reuse that bottle when it is gone.

Once you have the dispenser, making the foaming hand wash is one of the easiest things to do! All you need to do is pour 1-3 tablespoons of clear liquid soap into the bottom of a foaming soap dispenser. How much you use, depends on the size of the pump bottle you have. I like to fill only about 1/10 of the bottle with soap. You really only need a small amount. You can get a better idea of how much you are going to use by experimenting. If you add a small amount and your soap comes out of the pump too watery, then all you have to do it add a bit more, but not to much.

I like to buy the large bottles of soap refills, and if you belong to a Warehouse club, you can get great deals there and save even more money. I always use the clear soap refills, I haven’t used the cloudy, pearly soaps in years, and never in the foaming pump bottle, so I can’t say how they will turn out.

After you add the soap to the bottom of the dispenser, slowly add water to it. Try not to make it too sudsy or you will end up with lots of bubbles at the top, which will take up extra room. If you end up with too many bubbles, just set it aside, wait for the bubbles to settle and then add more water if needed or add the top of the dispenser. The foaming dispenser pumps are bigger than the average pumps, so don’t forget to leave extra space at the top for that.

Once you have the soap and water in the dispenser, and the pump top on, give it a good shake to mix everything up. If you don’t mix it up well enough, the heavier soap will settle to the bottom and you will end up using up the soap at the bottom first, and the end of the soap will be less foamy. Don’t worry about making too much bubbles when you shake it up, after a few minutes, they will all settle.

I have been making foaming soap for my kids for years, and I have saved so much money. I save money on both soap, as well as water. One of the things I love so much about using a foaming hand wash, is that they don’t have to turn on the water until it is time to rinse. They just pump the sudsy foam on to their hands, wash them, and then when they are done, rinse with a bit of water.

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