Sunday, March 25, 2012

Make Your Own Foaming Hand Soap ~ Easy as 1-2-3!

Today I was getting ready to refill my foaming hand soap and decided to grab my cell phone, snap a few photos and show you how you can easily make your own!

I am a compulsive hand washer. I easily go through one bottle of hand soap a week in my kitchen...easily. I love Bath & Body Works. I love their foaming hand soaps. The problem for me, I go through my kitchen hand soap so fast and I hate when I run out. One day I decided to see if I could make my own using my empty foaming soap container. All I did was add a little liquid dish soap and water and shook it up...IT WORKED PERFECT!  Now I never run out of hand soap.  YAY!  Oh, and I can wash my dishes too!  Happy dance!

Here's How To Make Your Own Foaming Hand Soap:
Making your own foaming hand soap is so simple.  All you need is an empty foaming soap dispenser (I use Bath & Body Works), and a bottle of Liquid Dish Soap or Liquid Hand Soap - you can use any scent - I love lemon for the kitchen. Next, add 1 inch (or a little more if you like) of liquid dish soap to your container. Fill the remainder with water, shake it up and it's ready to go!  

{Grab an empty foaming dispenser & liquid dish or hand soap}

{fill dispenser with 1 inch of liquid soap}

{fill remainder with water}

{replace cap, shake and done!}


I've used the same dispenser for almost a year. I never run out. I can wash my hands and my dishes!  Saves me time and money!  When it gets grubby, I'll just grab a new one from Bath & Body Works.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Cheers!

63 comments:

AudreyN said...

I am hopelessly addicted to bath and body works foaming hand soap. I seriously love it. I always stock up when they are on sale 5 for $15.... But now while I wait for the sale I can fill up my own :)

It's All Connected said...

Why didn't I ever think of that? You are one clever girl! I'll be doing that for sure. ~ Maureen

Lisa ~ The SweetTalk Shop said...

Oh I love this! I just ran out in the kitchen and really hate to have to buy soap just for those dispensers. Thanks for the info!! I'm pinning for future reference.

Elena @ La Petite Vie said...

Oh my gosh, what an awesome idea, you are too good! What an easy way to make soap last longer, woohoo!

Mary Beth said...

I've done this a quite a few times. It works just as well as those expensive foaming soaps, and I never run out anymore. Love it!

Anonymous said...

I tried to fill my original Foaming Soap bottle with regular handsoap and it didnt work. Little did I know, all I had to do was add water? really! Thanks

Anonymous said...

I also do this with a mild shampoo and body wash as long as they are clear and not milky they work great and are gentle on hands . I love the savings







JennSykes said...

I have been doing this for about 2 years now. I love B&BW, but it can get really expensive with 3 kiddos at home. I use lemon for the kitchen as well, but other fun scents for the bathrooms. It saves tons of money, especially when I can stock up on dish detergent using coupons!!! I love love love to save $$$$!!!!

yavila said...

I buy my liquid hand soap at the dollar store and add scented oils for the extra aroma! Love it!

Frances Fowler said...

Hon,I've been doing this for years. Not to take anything from your post but necessity brings invention. You run low on funds, you find lots of ways to cut corners.

Anonymous said...

I am impressed!! I am going to try it next time I run out!! Thanks!! :)

Schnookums said...

If you can afford it use the Dawn with aloe or add coconut oil or your favorite hand lotion to keep your hands from drying out. I tilt gently side to side so it doesn't get too foamy before I am ready to use it.

Tina Neely said...

I can't believe everybody didn't already know this. We have always done this

aag said...

I do this too, I love b&bw but with 3 boys in the house hand washing is essential and can get expensive. Now we just buy a big bottle of antibacterial soap and put it the foaming dispenser and it looks cutier in the br.....

Leslie said...

I've done this with my dish soap for Years. It's the same exact thing as the soap only mostly water. Paying for water always bothers me. So one day I tried it and it worked. I always put the water in first so I don't use too much liquid soap because when you do that it comes out liquidy not foamy.
For my hand soap I too love BBW. But again not loving paying for water. I use my BBW bath gel and it is perfect. You get the smell you love for a fraction of the cost!

Anonymous said...

I will definitely be trying this to save money on hand soap.

Shelly O said...

I have tried to do this so many times but the pump dries out for some read and gets stuck after about 3 months of reuse. Am I not filling it enough with water am I supposed to cover the plastic 'sleeve' inside the pump? What could I be doing wrong?

Mary said...

Hi Shelly, hmmmmm??? That has never happened to me, sorry you are having issues. Are you using a Bath and Body Works foaming hand soap dispenser? Whatever dispenser you are using, it has to be for foaming soap. The only other thing I can think of is that you are not adding enough water OR are not shaking up the solution enough to get the thick soap at the bottom mixed evenly. As for the plastic 'sleeve'...I don't do anything - I just twist off dispenser top, add a little bit of soap and fill it with water, twist the cap back on, shake it up and it's ready to go! I have been doing this for years and use a dispenser for about a year each, before swapping it out....so I know it works. Let me know how it turns out next time. I hope you have better luck!

Anonymous said...

Good because bbw soaps have triclosan in them, a known hormone disruptor.

Anonymous said...

Was just wondering if you could take the non foaming soap from bath and body works and add a inch of it then put water in it and it would work the same as the dish soap? that would be a longer way to make a bottle of bbw work

Anonymous said...

Google antibacterial soaps; they are really not any good for you. Plain soap and hot/warm water does the job just as well. I use original Dawn or the gentle Dawn. It's kind of similar to nurses telling you to wipe with an alcohol swab to sterilize; first year college chemistry tells you that a solid object needs 10 minutes soaking in alcohol to sterilize it; wiping it with alcohol does less than washing with soap & water.

Anonymous said...

I figured this out too. I just found citrus hand soap by the gallon at the dollar store, added a few drops of cinnamon oil and VIOLA yummy smelling soap. For Christmas going to make Mason jars with the B&BW tops as gifts.

false info said...

I wonder if an unscented soap exists to which you can add your own essential oil? That would be awesome! Let me know if you've tried that!

false info said...

I wonder if an unscented soap exists to which you can add your own essential oil? That would be awesome! Let me know if you've tried that!

false info said...

I wonder if an unscented liquid soap exists to which essential oils could be added for a personalized scent. Let me know if you've done this. BTW...does the top come off and go back on without problem? I just threw a BBW pump away this morning! I'm headed to the trash as we speak!

Mary said...

Hi! I have never used essential oils. As for the BBW pump, yes, the top is an easy on and off! Just make sure it's a foaming pump! You'll love this - I have been doing this for years!

L Benson said...

I have the same problem as Shelly O. After about a month or so my B&BW foaming dispenser just quits working. I am using the B&BW liquid soap. Does anyone know if maybe the little specks in the liquid is clogging the dispenser? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

L Benson, you are correct. the hole on the pump has clogged up from the soap. if you run warm water through the pump it will help to unclog it. or, you can set the pump in a small cup of water and continue pumping water through it until the clog is free.

CherokeeStar said...

Thanks for that tip! I have some B&BW gel in a retired fragrance and I am practically hoarding it. Now I can put it in my hand soap containers and make it last longer. Can't believe that even after reading the blog post, this didn't occur to me, so thanks to you for mentioning it!

Anonymous said...

Where can I get oils to make it smell? I always do the 5 for $15 at BBW but love this idea.

Brooklyn at Cook and Craft Me Crazy said...

THANK YOU FOR BEING A GENIUS! I CAN'T WAIT TO TRY THIS! You're my newest favorite person! xoxoxoxo-brook

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

I do the same thing!

Anonymous said...

I have tried that, but the non-foaming soaps have little beads in them that clog up the dispenser. Sorry!!

Anonymous said...

Yes, they are. You can only use clear soaps (meaning no beads or specks)

Anonymous said...

I buy the Method clear gel refill at Target (no triclosan). I find mine works better when well blended, so I mix it up in a bigger bottle ahead of time and add a drop of food color to make it the color I want so it looks like it came in the pump bottle. Works great for me.

L Benson said...

I love the BBW smells and they don't irritate my hands. But I see from above the gels are the reason my foam pump keeps failing, because of the beads & Specks. Does anyone know of a hand soap that is mild and non irritating? Thanks

Emily Gore said...

I buy BBW body wash when it goes on a super sale or closeout and use that. I peel off the bottle labels and use Goo Gone to remove the sticky glue. It's wonderful! I never thought to use dish soap!! Thank you for a great new idea! Lemon is my favorite in the kitchen too :)

Stacie Wyatt said...

I do something similar for my oldest. He will use a whole bottle of body wash in one sitting. I took an empty bottle, added a little soap, added water, and shook it up. and he will use the whole bottle in one sitting, but less soap.

Anonymous said...

Didn't know this, guess I been under a rock,

Anonymous said...

i discovered this foaming soap recycle by accident. poured bath gel plus water
and walah !!!!!! foaming soap. also, for lotion with spf sun block, i add my own sun block to my lotion container. another one.....i add baby oil for more moisturizing, sometimes, i add my own perfume to the dollar store brand lotion.

Anonymous said...

Last time I bought from Bath & Body, I got extra bottles of shower gel in the scent I LOVE. Haven't tried it yet but my plan was to mix this with water to make my own foaming hand soap since a 10 oz bottle will make several refills of the foaming dispenser I got from them last time.

Anonymous said...

Where do you buy the scented oils at? I want to try this as well! Lemon sounds yummy. Thanks for the ideas everyone !

Anonymous said...

I HAVE BOUGHT SCENTED OILS AT GNC STORES.

Gayle Eaton said...

What is B & BW gel?

Anonymous said...

I do the same thing and it's fun.

Anonymous said...

I buy my essential oils on Amazon. There is a whole array of various types of oils you can purchase to your hearts content.

Anonymous said...

I have been doing this for many years. Found out the secret from a Pampered Chef consultant.

E.Arts said...

Bath and Body Works

Magena Clemente said...

I by the soft soap refills from the dollar store and use that soap to do the same thing for the bathroom. I use Dawn Soap for the kitchen and refills my Dawn Foam Dishwashing pump.

Anonymous said...

They are available at your local craft stores. For example... Michael's,Ben Franklin, Ac Moore, Etc. However I would only use purely organic with no additives and those you would need to order online through a specialty store or if you have local stores that sell these items you can get them there, generally it is only specialty grocery stores.

I realize we all like to have a pleasant smell but keep in mind that oil you may be putting in there may be harmful to animals, children or yourself. You may have a reaction, that is why I use only "PURE ORGANIC NO ADDITIVE OILS" There are certain stores that carry these as well, so you won't have to order online and that is stores like "Good Foods Grocery".

I HIGHLY recommend you NOT use oils found at the dollar tree or stores like that, due to the additives and none of the oils are monitored for consistency as they are imported. Keep in mind there is a reason it is only $1.00 before you buy it and remember this one thing.... "First And Foremost, Family Safety Comes First. :)

Elissa Zapata said...

if B&BW has the same or similar scent you like as a body wash, you can use that!

Evie Dawson said...

I love natural products.. I used to buy foaming hand soap but once I discovered how to make it this incredibly easy way for a whole lot less money, I was thrilled.

Stephanie @ Sustaining the Powers said...

I love this idea! I ran out of foaming soap tonight and had some body gel in the same scent. Followed your instructions and now I have more awesome soap! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

if you add few drops of pure tea tree oil, youll also have an antibacterial hand wash, fabulous!

Anonymous said...

Actually, alcohol doesn't kill anything by its self. When using a swab or hand sanitizing gel the friction with the alcohol is what lysis or kills the germ cell.

Jennifer said...

Yes, it does work. That's what I do. Then you can change the oil for different seasons or if someone is ill. We love them. Follow the same recipe if 1 inch of soap, about 5 drops of essential oil or your preference and top it off with water (I use distilled water and not tap). We love it.

Anonymous said...

I do this with liquid refill hand soap from the Dollar Tree. I get 32 oz. of liquid soap for $1, which, with a similar method to this, fills my foaming soap dispenser (I reuse a dial brand one) 16 times!

16 bottles of hand soap for $1.00?! Nowhere else will you get that good of a deal.

Anonymous said...

I do this with Dr Bronners. I add just a tad of soap and some water and get a great foaming hand soap.

sunneesmile said...

I add the water, then put in the soap. That keeps the soap from foaming so much as you ad the water. I leave about 3/4 of an inch at the top for shaking well. I also have used the non foaming soap or shower gel and add water in foaming dispenser.

Carol said...

I have been reusing the BBW containers for years also, using clear liquid hand soap. Lately I also have run into the issue of the pump pluggng up, but not sure why as I don't think I'm doing anything differently. Just wondering if there is anything I could do with the pump to "unplug" it?

Anonymous said...

i love what you have done here! i am a avid soap maker myself i recommend that you check out bulkapothecary.com/categories/soap-making-supplies.html for additional materials to really expand what you are doing here! i love it though great job

Gramma of 24 said...

I use shampoo and bath gels. Work s great. I recieved some bath gels that made my legs and body itch, but didn't bother my hands, also had shampoo that I didn't care for. So instead of throwing it out , I made my own foaming hand soap.

Anonymous said...

Great ideas. I've been doing this with dish soap for along time for the kitchen.