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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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.
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.
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
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
While I like the Lysol No-Touch Hand Soap Dispenser, I do not like the price of the refill. My husband drilled out a large hole on the top of the original dispenser so I could use my own recipe of the hand soap. The refill is made of hard plastic so he drilled a number of holes to make a circle and then cut it out. I remove the dispenser off the base when refilling.
The Lysol dispenser I use at the kitchen sink is a diluted liquid dish detergent. I fill the dispenser with three quarters of very warm water and the rest with the detergent. Add both slowly so it doesn't bubble up much. I stir it slowly and thoroughly using a handle of a fork inside the container. It is a watery mixture but you can add less water if you want it thick. Since the detergent is concentrated it still cleans well even if the mixture is thin.
I cover the hole on the top of the dispenser plus down the sides with one piece of tape . The tape I use is a white plastic type tape. I use this tape because it's what I had and it is easy to lift off when I need to refill plus it doesn't leave any residue. You could use electrical tape instead, I just liked the color. Make sure the top of the dispenser is dry before applying the tape.
I like this dispenser in the kitchen because there are times when I need a bit of dish detergent on my kitchen dish cloth to wipe counters, etc. and it dispenses just enough. I also use the dispenser as hand soap. I must add that I do buy a good quality dish detergent, Dawn Hand Renewal, that is easy on the hands.
For the bathroom, I use the same recipe except I substitute the detergent with liquid hand soap, bubble bath or shampoo. You don't have to dilute the hand soap. If using antibacterial soap, it won't have any antibacterial properties if diluted. I don't believe the antibacterial soap is necessary for our household. Also, when our kids were young we didn't use any antibacterial soap and they were healthy. I just made sure they washed their hands when needed.
I have read that others have pried off the bottom of the original refill container to refill it but I didn't want to take any chances with it leaking. The Lysol No-Touch Hand Soap Dispenser uses four double "A" batteries. They did not have to be replaced for almost a year in our house.
By Mike from NE PA / USA
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.
By leigh harvey
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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
By Lori (Guest Post)01/09/2005
this is one for making a handsoap to put in a pump.
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.
Wow, I've never heard of such thing. Good luck with that one, bud.
How do I make foaming handwash?
By Pam from GA
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.
Can you refill the Lysol battery operated dispenser without buying another bottle?
By Karen from Winona
By Dominic P.03/15/2013
I cut the top off a cheap water bottle and cut a hole in the top of our lysol bottles. Just remove the lids to refill with soap and close when done. No tape or random holes. Just make sure you leave enough plastic on the bottom of the neck part of the water bottle that it can get shoved into the hole.
How do you refill foming soap?
I use any liquid soap. About an inch or so then fill nearly to top with warm water. Shake it up leave it sit for bit.
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Is there a way to make a homemade version of foaming hand soap as sold in the stores?
Linda L from Vista CA
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)
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
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
|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.
|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)|
|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!|