DIY Foaming Hand Soap

DIY Foaming Hand Soap

My daughter has eczema and the soap they provide the kids at daycare is so harsh that she was coming home with what almost looked like chemical burns on her poor little hands. So that meant I had to send her own soap to daycare. The teachers thought it was a good idea to keep it out of reach so the other kids wouldn’t use it all up but that mean she was always forgetting to ask for it. I finally had to make it clear that I honestly don’t care if every other kid in the entire daycare was using my daughter’s soap as long as SHE was using it.

We like the self foaming soap at home and we find it is great for Molly and her sensitive, dry skin because it tends to be milder than regular soap and it also rinses off much easier. The only problem is that it can get a bit pricey if you need a bottle of it every single week. I’ll admit it.  I’m not much of a DIYer,  but once in a blue moon I actually stumble across something that not only works but works well.  The DIY Foaming Soap was a winner.  This may be the easiest DIY project I’ve ever undertaken.  Seriously.  It takes a couple of minutes and the results are impressive! You can make approximately 16 bottles of foaming soap from one bottle of liquid soap so that translates into some significant savings.

How to make DIY Foaming Hand Soap

DIY foaming soap

What you need:

  • 1 empty bottle of foaming hand soap
  • 1-2 tablespoons of liquid soap*
  • hot tap water

*You can really use any “soap like” liquid here.  For the washroom use liquid hand soap.  For the kitchen you can use dish soap.  For the bath you can use body wash or even use up an old bottle of shampoo that’s just taking up space.

How to make it:

This is really simple.  Measure 1 or 2 tablespoons of liquid soap into the empty foaming container. How much you use really depends on your preference. The more you use the thicker your foam will be. It also depends on how thick the soap you are using is – if it’s quite thick you should only need 1 tablespoon. Slowly (this is important so you don’t create a bunch of foam while you are filling it) fill the bottle with hot tap water.  It doesn’t need to be scalding hot but it needs to be quite warm.  Leave about 1/2 inch of space at the top.  Screw the lid back on and gently shake the bottle from side to side until there is no more soap sitting on the bottom of the bottle.

That’s it.  Give it a pump and try it out.   You should have yourself a lovely bottle of foaming soap!

This is a great way to use up half used bottles of soap, body wash, shampoo, etc laying around the house.  I also love it because it gives you more options for using your favorite scents as well. The foaming hand wash you can buy at the drugstore or grocery store isn’t bad in price but there aren’t nearly as many options for foaming soap when it comes to fragrance.  Instead you have to go to a specialty store to really get a variety and that can be pricey and inconvenient.

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  1. It's like you wrote this post for me because we're out! Off to make some.

    Besos Sarah.
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