K, so I love using foaming hand soap. It feels so soft and usually smells fruity or like some kind of pretty flower. My kids seem to think foam soap is special, too, because they are more likely to wash their hands when there is foamy soap than when there is just regular pump soap. Maybe because it looks like clouds? Maybe because it’s fun to splat? I don’t know, and I don’t ask. As long as they wash!
Did you know making your own foaming hand soap is seriously so easy, takes only minutes, and is probably free to you if you use a few things from your house?
You only need three things:
*An empty foam soap dispenser (If you don’t have one, wait until they go on sale at the grocery or drug store. I think I paid 88 cents for mine originally.)
*clear liquid soap
Now listen. It has to be CLEAR liquid soap. I tried other liquid soaps – stuff that was thick and said milk and honey or something. It did not work. At. All. It clogs up the foam pump. So just use clear soap.
And here’s the cool thing about the clear soap: You know the yummy smelling shower gels you get but can’t ever use all up before there is some even more awesome scent they come out with you have to have? Plus everything is 50% off a few times a year so you can’t help but get a few more? Just me? Well, leftover yummy smelling shower gel can be turned into foam soap! Please tell me I just blew your mind. Cuz I was so excited when I figured this out.
Step 1: Fill empty foam bottle with about an inch of clear liquid soap. (See how much liquid shower gel I have left? I can make at least 3 more foam soap refills. And that’s just this bottle. I have a few more shower gels…I promise.)
Step 2: Fill most of the bottle with water. Leave a little space for the foam soap pump. Put the pump back on.
Step 3: GENTLY turn the bottle side to side until the soap and water mixes together. Do not shake hard – the soap will make too many bubbles. You want those when you pump – not in the bottle.
And that’s it! Now you have homemade foam soap using a bottle, soap, and water you already had at your house!
And here’s an extra thought….not only can you make these for the bathroom, but this works just as well in the kitchen with dish soap and an empty foam bottle. No more shelling out lots of $$ for expensive soap AND it helps use up the extra you may have around the house.
Are your kidlets more likely to wash their hands if it’s with foaming soap, too?