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Refill Foaming Hand Soap

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Foaming hand soap can be expensive when you buy a new bottle each time you run out, but you can save money by refilling a foaming hand soap bottle with diluted liquid soap. Learn how in this guide.


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April 21, 2010

I absolutely love foaming soap for the bathroom. My husband loves it too. I discovered that the foam is caused by the dispenser. So I reuse the dispenser by putting something like Dawn liquid in it and add some water to it. It still is antibacterial and comes out as a foam!

By marmatink from Cape Girardeau, MO

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April 22, 20100 found this helpful

I do this as well but one word of caution - use distilled water instead of tap water when you refill to prevent germs from growing in your soap. =^^=

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November 18, 2011

Can the foaming hand soap bottles be refilled?


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November 21, 20110 found this helpful
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Yes they can! You can use body wash or dish detergent! Just put about 1/3 of the soap and fill the rest of the way up with water. Mix well and it will foam.

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November 21, 20110 found this helpful

You can also buy refills of the foaming stuff.

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April 21, 20100 found this helpful

To refill one of the new "foaming" liquid soap containers, dilute with water. Just add soap half-way and fill the other half of the bottle with water. Remember to allow room for the "foamer". After a few practices this will really add up savings. I use it with all kinds of soap from the kitchen to the laundry to the bath.

Source: I discovered this myself by experimenting.

By Karen F. from Chicago, IL


Refill Foaming Hand Soap

I've tried this several times with my family,only the dispenser never lasts more than 3 refills, sometimes less! I dilute it about 1 part soap to 3 parts water,so I know it's not too thick.Never fails though, something happens and it quits working. Any ideas why?I'm wondering if my husband and 3 boys are just being too rough or something? Thanks! (03/01/2010)


By lyonpridej

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January 23, 20170 found this helpful

I' ve had this problem too. I discovered that I was filling the bottle too full. Since I've made sure not to fill it up to the part that makes it foamy, I've gotten more life out of the dispenser.

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February 26, 20100 found this helpful

My little boy likes to use foaming handwash in the bathroom, so I choose a brand that has a screw on lid (that can be taken off and replaced again - some are permanently sealed). When it runs out, buy a cheaper brand of ordinary handwash liquid and dilute with water (1 part soap to 4 water) and refill the bottle. Much cheaper and lasts for ages.


By Juliet from Manchester UK


Refill Foaming Hand Soap

Good tip. I have never used the foaming hand wash; however do use and like the foaming dishwashing soap. I have done the same thing with that, just added ordinary liquid dish soap and water and still get the nice foam. I guess it's the special pump that does it. (11/14/2007)

By Debbie52

Refill Foaming Hand Soap

When mine ran out, I just put Dawn dish soap in it. Mixed it 1 part - 4 parts of water. Works great. (11/15/2007)

By Joyce wis

Refill Foaming Hand Soap

I use dollar store shampoo for the dispenser, diluted 1/2 water, 1/2 shampoo. This also works in pump soap dispensers. (11/16/2007)

By Jean

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