Easy DIY Foaming Hand Soap or Foaming Body Wash

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So this is really incredibly easy to do and hopefully some of you will try this out.

I came home a few months ago and my husband is typically in charge of bathtime for the girls. Well I walked in to see the kids having a great time and my husband sitting there happily and realized they had somehow used an entire bottle of body wash in one bath.  Of course he was oblivious to this fact and my girls were just enjoying all the lovely bubbles they created.

I like to get really good products for their little skin so I didn’t want to ruin the party but I could also see about $6 going down the drain (literally).  Boo!

So I decided that instead of giving them regular body wash I would make them a foaming wash that would last much longer.

So if you want to stretch your soap a little bit more there is an incredibly easy way to make your own foaming hand soap or body wash.  This works for everyone but it is especially great for those of you with kiddos.  I think the foaming stuff is more fun for them and it is easier for them to manage.  I can’t count how many big glops of regular soap I find in the sink- wasteful and messy.

These soaps last ages and ages too so you don’t have to fool with yet another trip to the store. Yeah!

So here is the trick.  You will need to start out with a foaming dish soap container of some sort.  So go ahead and splurge on whatever kind of soap you like and use that soap until the container is gone.  Once it is empty you can use it to refill over and over again.    You can also buy foaming soap dispensers from places like Pampered Chef but I have heard they don’t actually refill that well.

You can see below I have a Method Foaming Hand Soap I purchased a long time ago- that one I just refilled (and actually the soap I made from that formerly empty container is above in Adriana’s little hand.)

I also have a Bath and Body Works container for the kitchen plus a body wash foaming soap for the littles.  All of those had been used up and were empty.

Now you simply want to grab the soap of your choice- get whatever brand or fragrance of whatever kind of soap you want.  If you do the Bath and Body Works containers you might try to find a shade or fragrance that matches what you had before.

  • I used a plain old cheap hand soap that is clear and a shampoo from Aveeno to refill my containers.
  • Next you want to measure one tablespoon of the soap you have for a refill.
  • Add that to the empty container.
  • Fill with warm water from the tap- keep the water on low to fill or you will have zillions of bubbles everywhere.

Now you are done and you can pump away!  You just use that teeny tiny fraction of actual soap and the rest is all water.

So the nice thing is you can splurge on a lovely soap or good quality product- or just get something basic and save yourself a little money.

It will foam perfectly and it functions perfectly to get your hands/body clean.  The only trick is that if you use too much soap (like you don’t bother to measure 1 tbl but just eyeball like I did the first time)- you won’t get the lovely foamy stuff.  Just rinse out what you did and start again but this time measure ;).

I tested this over and over again with different soaps and it worked perfectly each and every time!

You can see below- this is the Bath and Body Works soap dispenser and I filled it with that cheapy stuff in blue pictured above.  It foams  perfectly.

And by the way, when you do buy your foaming soap to get the dispenser, try opening it and emptying it into a cup.  I think you will be shocked at how watery it will seem in the glass.  So if you are hestitant to try this thinking that 1 tablespoon might not be enough soap to actually clean- I think you will see right away that what you actually bought is mostly water anyway.

Thanks to Full of Great Ideas for this wonderful tip.  I have literally had this bookmarked for about 2 years now and I am so glad I finally tried it.

And here are a few other easy DIY tips for you:


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