Making Homemade Foaming Hand Soap

Using Foaming hand soap is a great way to get a quick effective hand washing. It can get expensive if you use it often, especially with children in the house. This is a guide about making homemade foaming hand soap.

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Tip: Avoid Antibiotic Soap

Just remember: do not use soap that is antibiotic; when it gets into our water it kills anything that grows. Also it apparently doesn't work; it has to be on your hands much longer than the time you spend washing them.

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Tip: Making Foaming Soap at Home

By Kim 71 101

Instead of buying foaming soap refills, try this: Buy one container of foaming hand soap. When it's empty, refill with 2 Tbsp. liquid hand soap for every 1 cup water. So simple, so easy, and cheaper. I haven't tried this yet, but I'm thinking the same recipe should work for foaming dish soap. I'll try it when my refill soap runs out.

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Tip: Homemade Hand Soap

By leigh harvey 1

In the days of counting pennies, this will help if you buy the hand soap pumps like I do. Once that pump is empty, I make my own for pennies using 1 Tbsp. dish soap (any kind will do), and 1 tsp. of bleach. Fill slowly with water and shake gently. You have a great hand soap that kills germs for pennies, compared to buying new pumps or the refills for them.

    Editor's Note: Many dish soaps contain ammonia, which should not be combined with bleach. Be cautious as this can create a toxic gas that could be harmful or even fatal.


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    Question: Homemade Foaming Hand Soap

    By pam kitchens 1

    How do I make foaming handwash?

    By Pam from GA

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    By eileen 5 75 Flag

    February 8, 2010

    If you don't have the foaming container, buy one that already has foam soap in it. When that is finished, make your own with any liquid soap, shampoo or body wash.

    The ratio of soap to water depends on your preference, and the strenth of the soap. However, 40/60 or even 30/70 is adequate.

    It doesn't have to be antibacterial. Recent studies have shown that you just need to get stuff off your hands, and not necessarily by antibacterial agents. Let your man know that foam is just as effective to wash with.

    Since it washes off faster, you'll save on your water and heating expense with foam. RVers and campers will appreciate this feature. A plus in drought-affected areas also,

    If you want antibacterial agent, use antibacterial lotion or liquid.

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    Tip: Foamy Hand Soap From Bubble Bath

    By Sandy Gerber 30 206

    My son is always adding water to my soap dispensers. He thinks they are toys, I guess. One day, he poured bubble bath into my empty foamy dispenser and added water. Nothing came out, but I decided to try to add more water and (viola!) I had foamy hand soap. I have tried making foamy soap with liquid soap and it didn't work, so the trick must be using bubble bath. I'd guess it was a 50/50 mixture of bubble bath and water.

    By Sandy from WI from Stoughton, WI

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    Question: Foaming Hand Wash Recipe

    A short while ago there was a tip for making a foaming hand wash. I did not copy this and now I'm asking for a request. But I also want to wish each and everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    Rudy from MA

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    By guest (Guest Post) Flag

    January 9, 2005

    http://www.readersrequest.com/tf869652.tip.html

    this is one for making a handsoap to put in a pump.

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    Question: Homemade Foaming Hand Soap Bubbles Rather Than Foams

    I am making foaming hand soap from a solid goat's milk base with added water. My soap bubbles with the foaming pump rather than foams. What can I do?

    By Linda K.

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    By edward1956 1 27 Flag

    August 30, 2011

    Wow, I've never heard of such thing. Good luck with that one, bud.

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    Archive: Homemade Foaming Hand Soap

    Is there a way to make a homemade version of foaming hand soap as sold in the stores?

    Linda L from Vista CA

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    Big Batches

    Find a smell you like in any kind of soap (dish soap, liquid bath gel, hand soap, baby soap, shampoo, etc.). I make mine in big batches so I don't have to keep making it when it runs out (the kids actually wash their hands now!). I get an old gallon water container add 1/10 soap, 1 bottle of alcohol (if you want anti bacterial), and fill the rest with water. (give it a couple of inches with just air in the bottle so you can shake it) Shake it. Refill your "foaming container" and store the rest for later use!-Misty (04/26/2006)

    By marstonmd

    Buy a Dispenser

    I like the foaming hand soap as well and I make it on a regular basis. In order to get the soap to foam you need to purchase the dispenser (Wal-mart $1.99). Once you have used all the soap in it all you need to do is pour some of whatever soap you like and add water. I don't know the exact measurements but for the dispenser that I had 7.5 fl oz. it was about one part soap five parts water. I hope this helps. I also buy the refill jugs of soap. The kids love it. (04/26/2006)

    By mcb5

    My Method

    When the gallon liquid hand-soap refill bottle is empty, keep it. Buy a full gallon liquid soap refill. Pour the amount you want into the empty gallon jug, add water, turn over until mixed. Use this dilution to fill the foaming soap pump. So much easier to have a gallon of ready made "foaming soap" on hand to just pour into the dispensers than having to mix it each time. (04/27/2006)

    By kidsNclutter

    Dispenser

    The foaming action comes from the dispenser, not the soap itself. I purchased a commercial foaming bottle in the liquid hand soap pump dispenser section (I forget which brand, but there are several), and then for refills I use a mixture of 1/4 liquid soap (any kind will do) and 3/4 water. Don't use straight undiluted liquid soap because it will clog the foaming dispenser. (04/27/2006)

    By sunhat

    My Recipes

    A combo bottle of shampoo/conditioner makes a wonderful hand soap! My favorite is Suave's 2 in 1 in the opaque green bottle but all those tried have been good; this one rinses off quicker so you save water.

    Dilute by guesstament... about 1 part shampoo+conditioner to 4-5 parts of water. It mixes better if the water is warm but that's not necessary; few bubbles form if you add the shampoo after the water. For the foaming soap dispenser, the mix has to be 'thinner', like 1 part shampoo to 6+ parts water.

    Marbles kept in each dispenser make mixing easier... the clear ones here were found in the crafts section of WalMart.

    Ordinary dish detergent concentrate also works well; just dilute it more. In the kitchen, just for dishes, one dispenser has a lower ratio of water to detergent or shampoo, like 1:3-4.

    The 'thinner' the mix of detergent or shampoo will be the easiest and fastest to rinse off. (05/07/2006)

    By gator10tx

    Germs

    To those who are put off by the 'germ' post. I work in health care and have to say... ALL soap kills germs. You don't promote growth of e.coli or salmonella by cutting your soap with water. Unless you've put salmonella or e.coli carrying objects INTO the bottle/water, you are fine. Major water supplies have CHLORINE in them to prevent that kind of growth.

    If you are very worried, just add 1 or 2 DROPS of chlorine bleach to your mixture. It WILL keep any germs from populating your soap, IF and only IF you are worried.

    Scare tactics to keep people from saving their hard earned cash...how quaint. (06/28/2006)

    By Julie-Health Care Professional

    About Soap

    Yes, SOAP is naturally antibacterial. I.E., real soap that is made from water, fat and lye (sodium hydroxide, NaOH). However, correct me if I'm wrong, but liquid "hand soap" is not soap, but a detergent. And detergents are not naturally antibacterial and require an additional agent (like alcohol or bleach or Triclosan or Chloroxylenol, etc.) to be so.

    And regarding that post about E coli and salmonella in the water... If you're on a municipal water source in developed nation like the United States, you DON'T have to boil your water. Please don't spread bad information and fear about our water for those of us fortunate enough to have it? You have the absolute BEST in the world! (08/10/2006)

    By Heather, one-time home soap maker and non health professional

    My Recipe

    I also make my own foam soap refill: 1 part liquid soap, 2 parts HOT boiling water. Make sure you cool BEFORE you put it in your dispenser! I use CLEAR liquid hand soap as the creamy ones clog the dispenser. I haven't tried baby shampoo yet, but I am sure that will work great too! (12/04/2006)

    By momofthree

    Liquid Soap

    Liquid soap can be real soap; it is made with potassium hydroxide rather than sodium hydroxide (lye). Potassium hydroxide has bigger molecules and thus, the soap remains in liquid form; paste usually I think, which is "thinned" with distilled water. Just began studying making liquid soap; been making cold-process lye soap for 3.5 years now. (12/30/2006)

    By Cheryl

    Archive: Make Your Own Foaming Soaps

    We like the foaming hand soaps in each bathroom and kitchen: they require less product, wash and rinse more easily and quickly. However, I didn't like spending money every few weeks to buy the refill or new pump!

    I found you can make your own refill. You cannot use straight liquid soap, however. But it couldn't be easier:

    Buy a nice dishwashing soap. I like a lavender-ylang-ylang fragrance by Palmolive.

    Rinse out your empty foaming container. Germ-X brand simply screws off. Rinse container with warm water.

    Add about 1/8 dish soap or less to about 7/8 warm water. Don't shake. Tip it to mix. It should pump just great and foamy.

    If you get air bubbles or no foam, your mixture is too thick. Simply empty and start again and experiment with what works for you.

    Simple and cheap. I also keep a regular (no foaming) hand soap pump. I fill it 2/3 the way with the dish soap and 1/3 with warm water. You can wash your hands and do dishes with this, and it uses less product.

    By Melissa

    Responses:
    RE: Make Your Own Foaming Soaps 08/05/2005
    Thanks for the tip! I can't wait to try it out!
    By Crystal (Guest Post)
    RE: Make Your Own Foaming Soaps 08/07/2005
    Pampered Chef also makes a dispenser for foaming soap. Seems like it sells for around $5.I found one at a yard sale Friday for twenty five cents!! All you do is add a small amount of liquid soap and water.I've always wanted one,so I'm anxious to put it to use.
    By Sharon, KY (Guest Post)
    RE: Make Your Own Foaming Soaps 08/17/2005
    I received a Pampered Chef foaming soap dispenser for a wedding shower gift and I love it! I put it in my kitchen but would like to have two more (one in each bathroom); maybe I will try this instead! My husband's not too crazy about foaming soap though... :o)
    By TempestGJ1
    RE: Make Your Own Foaming Soaps 08/23/2005
    I just use Dr. Bronners soap in a 50/50 mix (or 60/40 - it's all by sight) and it works just fine. The stuff is great, and I can get minty hand soap or lavendar soap for the bath (which nicely gets rid of BO after a lot of exercise).

    I've found some info on this here: http://www.forsoapmakers.com/foamy-info.html

    Dr. Bronners contains the recommended surfectant in it's liquid soaps, and comes as a relatively thin liquid that is meant to be diluted heavily. I think I'm going to go towards that 7-1 ration the original poster mentioned.

    By Peter (Guest Post)
    RE: Make Your Own Foaming Soaps 02/20/2006
    I make my foaming soap with baby shampoo for the smell and some rubbing alcohol for germs, then add water and it is great!
    By smathis123

    Archive: Homemade Foaming Hand Soap

    I would love a healthy way to make my own foaming hand wash. My daughter is OCD and washes her hands constantly. I am going through hand wash like crazy. I would like to save a few dollars on this one. Thanks. I'm new and can't wait for your response.

    Terry from Fall River, Nova Scotia

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    RE: Homemade Foaming Hand Soap

    You can use any liquid soap that does not have moisturizers in it, because it will clog the pump. The 5 water to 1 soap ratio is about right. I just guess when I fill mine. It is easier when you add the water first, and then the soap, I have done this for years. (01/30/2007)

    By Jazzylazzy

    RE: Homemade Foaming Hand Soap

    I think the most cost effective way to make soap is to find a good soap making supplier and make your own from scratch. If you use any bar soap, you can get melt and pour soap for about $2.50 a pound, a few cute molds and you have some really cute soaps. You can add fragrance and colors as well.

    It would seem to me that if she is washing her hands constantly, you would need a soap with a moisturizing affect instead of alcohol which is very drying. I was reading today about the problems of the antibacterial soaps killing off good bacteria too, so you might take into consideration of getting rid of the antibacterial soap.

    You can get some really moisturizing melt and pour soap bases and tons of ideas for making wonderful soaps. Adding a little toy, or surrounding a rubber ducky with soap. You will be surprised at all the molds and things you can do with the glycerin/melt and pour soap. Melt and Pour is easy to use. Get the chunk and cut it up into a bowl, stick it in the microwave until melted, allow to cool, and add fragrances and coloring. Pour into your molds and you are officially a soap maker.

    Some places to look:
    alcasoft.com
    candleandsoap.about.com
    wholesalesuppliesplus.com
    soapersmarket.com
    creative-wholesale.com

    These are only a few of the links I have. You can find more by doing searches for soap making supplies. You will be amazed at how many soap makers there are out there making a living making soap.

    For her condition, I really would recommend a moisturizing soap, no alcohol and naturally scented with Lavender Essential Oil, known for it's relaxing properties. I have used it to help me fall asleep by rubbing a drop on my temples.

    If you need any more links, or help, I can point you in many direction. I am the printer for the Texas Candlemaker's Conferernce, texascandleconference.com and meet a lot of suppliers for soap and candles, essential and fragrance oils, and aroma beads. So if you need something please email me.

    Please think about getting rid of the antibacterial soaps and alcohol and research shea butter soaps.

    Sincerely.

    Tina (01/30/2007)

    By trbrown22

    RE: Homemade Foaming Hand Soap

    And if you need to clean the soap scum out of your foaming dispenser periodically, when you finish a batch of soap rinse with clear water, then fill with a bit of vinegar and lots of water, and send the whole thing through the squirter. It won't foam, but it cleans out the inside where you can't get, and your dispenser will work longer.
    (02/01/2007)

    By Cantate

    RE: Homemade Foaming Hand Soap

    This suggestion is not as frugal as the others, but it is tried and true. You can buy a Suds Pump from Pampered Chef. Go to pamperedchef.com and then choose your country, then go to products, then kitchenware and search for The Suds Pump. It only costs $9.00. (02/02/2007)

    By Sarah, IL

    RE: Homemade Foaming Hand Soap

    I use Dr. Bronners soap in a 1 ounce Dr. Bronners to 5 ounces water. I got a dispenser I can refill for my shower at foamair.com Lasts a long time between fillups. The kids just love to get clean now. Thanks for all this wonderful information. (06/11/2008)

    By Betsy

    RE: Homemade Foaming Hand Soap

    The ratio of water to liquid hand soap is more than 5:1. I tried that ratio and still found it to be too thick. I found that 7:1 to 10:1 works much better. I appreciate the idea of cleaning the foaming mechanism with vinegar and the idea of mixing the diluted soap with alcohol to enhance its antibacterial action. Bleach is incredibly antibacterial, but it's so corrosive that any metal parts in the mechanism would suffer an early failure. (07/25/2008)

    By Jim

    RE: Homemade Foaming Hand Soap

    I have actually made something like this; all I did was fill a water bottle with water 94% and soap 6% and shake for 30-40 seconds. Then just put it carefully in any soap dispenser. (08/31/2008)

    By Mark

    RE: Homemade Foaming Hand Soap

    Another option is buy a "Kandoo" soap bottle and use it up, then peel off the labels and use the ratios for your own soap. It's wider bottom makes it sturdier for kids and it's cheaper than the Pampered Chef version. (09/28/2008)

    By Lisa

    RE: Homemade Foaming Hand Soap

    1 quart water to 2 T liquid soap. (11/15/2008)

    By Christy

    RE: Homemade Foaming Hand Soap

    I use dish washing liquid to make my foam soap. A few spoonfuls and the rest water. This place sells the same bottle and foamer as Pampered Chef for 1/10th the cost. bottlesandfoamers.com (01/07/2009)

    By Gina

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