Sunday, June 10, 2012

How to Make Foaming Hand Soap 2.0

Oh hard water, why doest thou plague me so? Just listen to the trouble that our hard water caused this time. Ever since I started using my beloved homemade foaming hand soap with Dr. Bronner's castile soap, our bathroom sink drain has been getting clogged once a month. I think the castile soap reacts with the minerals in our hard water to create a gummy residue that builds up in the drain. Our kitchen sink drain has been fine, maybe because it's bigger? Don't fret, here's another way to easily make your own luxurious foaming hand soap without the high price and clogged drain. All you need is some regular liquid soap and water.

Foaming Hand Soap
1 part soap
3 parts water
An empty foaming hand soap dispenser

Fill the container about one-quarter full with soap. Then add water. Put the lid on and shake. Add more soap if it's hard to spread around your hands. Add less soap if it's too slippery and hard to rinse off.


I buy the least expensive soap, body wash, shampoo, or dish soap with the least amount of chemicals. I used to only trust anti-bacterial soap with my hands, but after reading tons of articles like this one and this one, I learned anti-bacterial products with triclosan are no more effective at preventing sickness than regular soap and they could lead to bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and anti-bacterial soaps.


$0.41 - 2 oz. Trader Joe's Hand Soap ($3.49/17 oz.) + 4 oz. water

If you don't care about using a natural soap, Walmart sells a big bottle of Equate soap for a good price.
$0.14 - 2 oz. Equate soap ($3.88/56 oz.) + 4 oz. water

Sure beats paying $2 or more for a container of foaming hand soap from the store. And think of all the empty foaming hand soap dispensers you'll be saving from the landfill!

Do you know of any natural soaps, body wash, shampoo, or dish soaps that are a good price?

This post is linked to: Happy Hour Friday, Frugal Friday, Saturday Show & Tell, Link and Greet Saturday, Get Schooled Saturday, Strut Your Stuff Saturday, Homemaker on a Dime, Frugal Friday


  1. This is a great idea!

    I use an organic shampoo (Human Nature's) and it works as a body wash too so I'll try and use it for this.

  2. Thank you for this post - I was just wondering the other day how to go about this as my soap is running out and I don't want to pay the big bucks for new. Perfect timing!

    Marissa @

  3. Thanks for sharing. I am trying to limit the chemicals in our house so I love this!

    I am your newest follower.

    The Rickett Chronicles

  4. Love this! Thanks for linking up to "Strut Your Stuff Saturday!" We hope to see you again! -The Sisters

  5. Wow! Interesting facts...I love the foaming soap and am excited to make some next time we run out! Thanks so much for saving us money! :) Thanks for sharing on Saturday Show & Tell at Cheerios and Lattes last weekend! We love having you join us and hope to see you again this weekend! See you soon!
    Mackenzie :)

  6. new reader! enjoyed it! And has some great organic, and chemical free items. I buy their "shampoo" which is more like a soap with apple cider vinegar as a conditioner. been doing it for a year in a half almost and its awesome!

  7. Definitely going to try this. Was just googling around to see if there was a way to re-use this foaming bottle I had from Fruits & Passion (something like a Bath & Body works here in Canada) and as I suspected, the foaming action comes from the mechanism in the bottle.

    I have a great body wash that smells great that I've been using in the shower, and I'm going to give it a shot when this bottle runs out.


  8. Thanks for the post. And more news on triclosan.. check out this report by CBS news showing it harmful to muscles and the heart in particular:

  9. Hey, I make this too, but with one twist. Use your same recipe but add 1 teaspoon of 91% rubbing alcohol to make it 'anti-bacterial' foaming hand soap. :)

    1. I was just thinking about alcohol as an antibacterial additive. Thanks...

  10. I do this but use bubble bath as the soap. It comes in a huge bottle, smells fun, and is usually much less expensive than hand soap refills that come in a big container. It goes pretty far too, and you have a choice of whether to use mainstream or specialty store. I use kids' fragrances in the bath that the kids mostly use to encourage more handwashing. If you find using alcohol for antibacterial drying to the skin, you might find essential oils like tea tree, lavender, rosemary or grapefruit in Bronner's or Trader Joe's (less expensive) unscented liquid castile soap would be less harsh.

  11. Thanks for hits post! I pinned you on Pinterest!

  12. This works well with dog shampoo! Prevents needing to wash globs of soap out of your pet's fur! Just substitute your favorite pet shampoo for hand soap!


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