Sunday, August 19, 2012

DIY Foaming Hand Soap

I recently shared a post on how to make your own liquid hand soap.  This is another twist on cheap and easy soap making.  I actually had heard about this idea quite awhile ago, but just never tried it.  I guess maybe I was skeptical about how well it would work.  I also tend to prefer the liquid soap to the foaming soap.  But anyway, I had several empty foaming soap dispensers that I had saved up, and instead of throwing them away, I decided to give this a try. 
This method costs only pennies more than the other method, but it is much quicker and easier.  All you need is an empty foaming soap dispenser, a small amount of liquid dish detergent, and running water.
Fill the soap dispenser with about 1 inch of liquid dish detergent. 
Fill it up the rest of the way with water.  Put the lid back on.  Don't shake it up, but gently tilt it from side to side to mix the soap and water together.
That's all.  Your foaming hand soap is ready to use.  As I mentioned, I was skeptical as to whether this would work, but it works just fine.  I can't tell the difference between this soap and the kind that originally came in the soap dispenser.

 Also, I figured out the cost.  You use about $0.10 worth of dish detergent, so these cost about 10 cents per bottle.  This cost can vary based on what brand of dish detergent you buy, if you buy it on sale, if you use coupons, etc.  Still way better than $2-3+ per bottle at the store.


***UPDATE 8/22/12***  After using my homemade foaming handsoap for a few days, I noticed that it can make your hands a bit dry.  I came up with a solution to this problem:  Use Dawn Hand Renewal dish soap.  This may raise the cost per bottle of soap a bit, but I was happy to find that my grocery store carries a store brand of Dawn Hand Renewal, and it only costs $0.30 more than the kind I normally buy.

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