Household Tip: Make Your Own Foaming Hand Soap

Make your own Foaming Hand Soap from regular soap.

Why I recommend it:
It is an incredibly easy way to save money plus it literally takes a couple of minutes.

You might wonder, why use foaming soap instead of regular soap in the first place?  I like it for a number of reasons.  It lasts longer, so it saves money, I prefer the way it feels and washes and I have little kids.  If you have kids you know that even when they try not too, they tend to use way too much soap.  With foaming soap even if they get too much, it’s at least wasting less soap than if they were using regular hand soap.

How much will it save me?:
One small bottle of hand soap will usually make me 4 to 5 bottles of foaming hand soap.  A small bottle of hand soap often costs around $1 for the generic brand.  If you use one small bottle of hand soap a month, you’ll save at least $9 a year!  That’s enough to get almost 3 gallons of gas, 3 small lattes, 2 1/2 gallons of milk….well, you get the picture.  Obviously if you use more soap or use a more expensive brand of soap you’ll be saving even more money!

How to:
Making your own hand soap is so simple your child could probably do it.  Here are the steps:

1. Pour 3/4 to 1 inch of hand soap into a foaming hand soap dispenser.

2. Slowly fill almost to the top with warm water.  Filling it slowly is important so that you don’t get a bunch of suds.

3. Put on the soap dispenser top.

4. Gently shake from side to side until soap is mixed into water.

5. Use and enjoy saving money every time you wash your hands!

Misc. Info:
* Wondering where to get a foaming hand soap dispenser?  I just bought some Foaming Hand Soap at the store and used that dispenser when it was empty.  You easily remove the label on many of them to leave you with just a plain bottle.  You can also buy fancier looking dispensers at places like Walmart or Target.

* Almost every kind of hand soap that I have used has worked for this, although I have discovered that some seem to mix up better than others.  I typically use the Softsoap brand but have also used Melaluca, Mrs. Meyers and Bath and Body Works.  The Melaluca and Mrs. Myers worked the best but I don’t usually feel like spending the extra money for that kind of soap.

I’ve linked up this post to Mostly Homemade Mom’s Show and Share Wednesday post.

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