How to Make Foaming Hand Soap to Save Money
Are you overspending on Hand Soap? We learned how to make foaming hand soap. It’s quick and easy to make your own right in the comfort of your own home. Discover how this simple little trick that only takes a couple of minutes can help you to start saving money.
Can You Make Your Own Foaming Hand Soap?
This post will answer the big question, “How to make your own foaming hand soap?” In other words, DIY foaming hand soap. Have you ever looked at the price of foaming hand soap? I never realized how expensive it really is. Our family got to a point that we were needing to count EVERY penny we spent so we started with our grocery bill. It was the highest varying expense in our budget.
I was floored when I started looking at the prices on the shelf before I picked up a product. Foaming hand soap is one of the necessities and I thought it was all around the same price. I started researching ways to make homemade cleaners and homemade laundry detergent and came across “How to make your own foaming hand soap out of dish soap?”
I started looking at the cost of the hand soap since I’m a nurse and a compulsive hand washer. Even a cheap bottle of soap is around $1.99 to $5.99 a bottle. When I came across the recipe for homemade foaming soap, I read it with great joy and thought it was a great idea. We had been using cheap regular hand soap from the dollar store and I always felt like I needed to use more to get my hands clean.
My favorite hand soap was always one that was foaming over other soaps. I started researching the efficacy of this homemade foaming soap. My first question was, “Is foaming soap just watered-down liquid soap?” Foaming soap IS watered-down soap but it’s more the foaming soap dispenser that makes the foam. The soap is thinner which makes it easier for the dispenser to make the foam. I thought that foaming soap was a different type of soap the first time I bought it. I had no idea it was just a thinner style of soap.
Another question I ran into while I was researching all the different types of homemade foaming hand soap was “Can you use Dawn liquid soap as a hand soap?” I found a couple of recipes that called for Dawn liquid soap to make homemade foaming soap. The recipes call for a 4:1 ratio. In a 12 oz foaming dispenser, this means 4 oz of dish liquid soap and rest water. The cost of a 75 oz bottle of dish liquid soap is $8.99 where we live. You use approximately 4 oz of dish liquid soap to a 12 oz foaming soap dispenser. The cost of each dispenser is $0.48.
Things to get ready before making DIY foaming hand soap
Start keeping your empty foaming soap dispensers as you empty your old dispensers.
How many different ways are there to make your own foaming soap? There are many different ways to make foaming soap. Here are three of the top ways I found to make DIY foaming hand soap while doing my research.
Make Your Own Hand Soap with Regular Hand Soap
Regular hand soap – a 4:1 ratio of soap to water
1. Regular liquid soap
2. Foaming hand soap dispensers
3. Optional – favorite essential oil
1. Add ¼ regular liquid soap to an empty foaming dispenser.
2. Add water to almost the top of the foaming soap dispenser.
3. Replace the lid on the dispenser.
4. Gently agitate the dispenser to mix the water and the soap.
5. Add essential oils of your choice
How to Make Foaming Hand Soap with Dish Soap
Dish liquid soap – a 4:1 ratio of dish soap to water
1. Dish soap, type of your choice
2. Foaming hand soap container
1. Add ¼ dish soap to an empty foaming dispenser.
2. Add warm water to almost the top of the foaming soap dispenser.
3. Place Pump back on hand soap container.
4. Gently agitate the foaming hand soap dispenser to mix the water and the soap.
5. Give the handle a few pumps to get the soap flowing.
6. You now have your own DIY foaming hand soap.
Make Your Own Foaming Soap with Liquid Castile Soap
Castile soap – a mixture of liquid Castile soap, essential oils, and water
1. Liquid castile soap (unscented soap)
2. Essential oils – a few drops of your favorite scent, such as tea tree oil
3. Foaming hand soap dispensers, not a regular soap dispenser
1. Add water to a foaming dispenser to fill leaving 1-2 inches
2. Add 3-5 tablespoons of unscented castile soap to the water (you can also use distilled water instead of warm tap water)
3. Adding essential oils: Add 7 – 10 drops of your favorite essential oil.
4. Replace the lid on the soap dispenser.
5. Shake vigorously to combine all the ingredients.
Kelley Spartiatis, from Quora, an experienced soap maker, believes you use less soap with a homemade foaming hand soap than with regular bar soap or liquid hand soap. You can check out her post on Quora here.
Save Money by Making Your Own Hand Soap
So, for our family of three, our savings over the past year that we have made our own hand soap has been $91.26. If we had purchased a bottle of foaming soap every two weeks, we would have paid $103.74. Our cost of homemade hand soap over the past year was $12.48. That is $91.26 for a year!!
Ta Da! Now you have your own foaming soap. Not only is there an actual dollar cost savings, but it also saves time too. It only takes a few minutes to make a 12 oz bottle and a bottle will last for approximately 2 weeks.
The combinations are boundless. You can create whatever scent you want, whenever you want while you still kill germs and it’s safe for sensitive skin. You can even make a different scent for every bathroom! Whatever is stopping you from trying your own hand soap, ignore it! You won’t believe how easy it is once you end up doing it, and you will wish you had done it sooner.
How to Make Foaming Hand Soap Summary
I hope you’ve enjoyed this guide on how to make foaming hand soap yourself. It is super easy and can truly save you money.
Start today! Comment on this post once you have made your first batch! We are excited to hear from you!