Sunday, June 5, 2011

Foam Soap Refill

Last week I shared with you how to make your own body scrub. As promised here is my solution to expensive foam soap.   I haven't purchased actual foam soap for a long time - just when my pump wears out. 

What you need:



 Regular Dish Soap, Hot water, Foam Soap Bottle & Pump


What you do:

In an empty clean foam soap dispenser add 3 tablespoons of soap.  I just use whatever dish soap I have on hand and reuse the bottles and pumps. 

Next add 2/3 cup of very warm water.  Put the lid on, prime the pump and you’re ready to go. 



TIPS and HINTS

  • Dawn dish soap is highly recommended for this.   I get hives anywhere Dawn touches my skin, so I can’t personally report how well it works. I use Palmolive and it works just fine.

  • If you have really hard water your foam may be somewhat “weak” or "limp" and the liquid may appear cloudy.  Using distilled water instead of tap water can remedy both.  I just use tap water but have a friend who used distilled.
  • DO NOT SHAKE.  If you feel the soap and water are not combining; use a measuring cup and mix gently with a spoon and then pour into the bottle. You don't want bubbles before you pump the soap.

  • A couple of my friends say they wait 10 minutes before using.  I don’t know what the wait time does but they swear by it.
  • A clear soap works tends to work better than a creamy soap.  It doesn’t clog the pump as much and it mixes with the water better.

  • If you are after a pretty looking soap you can add a drop or two of food coloring.  You can also add a few drops of essential oil if you desire.


51 comments:

  1. Thanks for this! Came over from the Boogieboard Cottage Party.

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  2. Great thrifty idea!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  3. Calling from homemaker on a dime. This post is beautiful and thanks for sharing.
    Now. I'm following you..hope you will follow me back:)

    Have a great weekend:)

    Sanghamitra.
    RAINBOW-The Colour sof India

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  4. great tip, and thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

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  5. I have been doing this for a while too, but I have used clear Softsoap from the HUGE Costco refill bottle. That soap is already scented. I never thought of using dish detergent! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Thanks for the great tutorial. I never thought of making my own foam soap. Thank you so much for linking up to More The Merrier Monday. I can't wait to see what you come up with next week.

    http://diyhshp.blogspot.com

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  7. New follower from the blog hop.
    Hope you follow back.
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  8. Great ideas! Found you at the Wednesday blog hop, and am glad I did! Am a happy new follower :).

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  9. thanks for the tips. I like foam soaps, but hate paying for them since they're mostly water!

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  10. I'm visiting from dittledattle, where do we purchase the soap bottle pump?
    Can I use any bottle pump? This is such a great idea, we go thru that expensive hand soap like crazy.
    ~Jo
    Lazyonloblolly

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  11. Thanks for the great idea! I was just about to buy another bottle to replace the foam soap that is out. Thanks for the thrifty idea!

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  12. Found you on Rook No. 17's Link Party. Thank you sooooo much for sharing this! I like foam soap, but cringe at the prices. I will definitely be making this from now on. :-)

    P.S. I'm your newest "stalker".

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  13. I also add a little dab of rubbing alcohol to mine so that I can get rid of all the nasty stuff.

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  14. i love foam soap, thanks for sharing!!!

    http://jaysonandashley.blogspot.com/

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  15. my mom uses dish soap to refill her regular soap dispensers & before i figured out her trick i used to *hate* washing my hands in her bathrooms because i always went home with severely dry & itchy hands - does this happen when you dilute it for foaming soap too?

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  16. ms. t - I have no problem when diluted. Give it a try, if you don't care for it you're only out a few pennies!

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  17. That is the most awesome thing, EVER. I have got to try it now!!!!

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  18. Thanks for the tip! They don't really sell foam hand soap here in South Africa, but I will bookmark your page for when I back in the states!
    I hope you'll check out my blog at http://withoutcomplexities.blogspot.com

    Have a great week!

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  19. What an awesome tip! I'll definitely be trying this when our current foam soap runs dry!

    Thanks!
    Jenn

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  21. I tried to refill one and of course it didn't work the way I did it! I am glad to know how to do it correctly. Thanks! And for linking up to Treasure HUnt Thursday.
    Rhonda

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  22. I use Doc Bronners in my foam soap refills. It's a great hack. I use 2 T and water and it costs me nothing!

    Thanks for linking up to Creative Juice!

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  23. I would have never thought to make my own! This is a great tip. I look forward to learning more from you.I'm a new follower from You Like Me Blog Hop. I hope you will follow me back http://talesfrommyjournal.blogspot.com I can be found in facebook too http://www.facebook.com/DeniseMartin.LillaRose and twitter @DeniseLillaRose If you like/follow me there I will do the same for you. When you stop by my blog, please check out my kind of fashion (hair jewelry).

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  24. Love anything that helps save money. A great project.

    I'm a new follower from A Mommy's Sweet Blog Designs.

    Have a sun-filled day.
    Pamela

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  25. What a great idea!! Thank you so much for linking up!! See you next week!

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  26. I can't believe it's that simple! Thanks for a great recipe. Thanks for linking to Share the Love Wednesday!
    Mary

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  27. Thanks for the recipe. And for linking to the party. I hope to see you again next week.

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  28. Love your blog. Can we follow each other?

    http://www.kiransawhney.com

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  29. Thank you so much for linking this up to {nifty thrifty things} last week!
    I hope to see you again tomorrow! ;)
    xoxo,
    Vanessa

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  30. I was about to toss my soap dispenser...not anymore! I am going to try this. Thanks!

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  31. Hi. I just found you on The Shabby Chic Cottage and love your blog. This is so helpful, I know I'll be doing it. I'm now a follower as tonasun on GFC and by email. I hope you'll stop by and visit me too @ http://cottonpickincute.blogspot.com

    Have a wonderful Sunday...Tracy :)

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  32. I like using the home made products too. Thanks for linking this up at HSH!
    Sherry

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  33. Thanks for linking see you next week at Bacon Time!

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  34. awesome! my husband is addicted to foam soap and so now he knows how to DIY...thanks!

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  35. What a fabulous idea! I use foam soap but always buy the giant refill bottles. I'll have to try this next time I'm out. Thanks for linking it up to this week's Catch a Glimpse party!

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  36. Thanks for stopping by to add this to our Wicked Awesome Wednesday party!

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  37. I use 1/2 Dr Bronner's peppermint castille soap and 1/2 plain tap water right in the dispenser.

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  38. I tried your recipe this past weekend and it worked brilliantly!

    Thank you so much for linking up to "A Little Birdie Told Me..." at Rook No. 17!

    Jenn

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  39. Thanks for linking to WorkShop Wednesday! I hope to see you again this week!

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  40. Pure geniusness! (if that's a word?) Anyways, I'm doing this from here on out.

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  41. I've been making my own foam soap for a while now, too (love it, but too expensive to buy). But I've always used regular hand soap (from the big refill tub) and it works fine.

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  42. Thanks for linking this up to the Sunburnt Cow Party. This is a great and cheap way of making the foam soap that's so popular. I need to get with the program!

    I featured you over at the Screaming Sardine.

    Cheers,
    Tracy

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  43. Seriously? I love foaming soap and to be able to make this - how great is this? Thanks for sharing! I don't know how you come up with so many great things but you ROCK!

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  44. Hi, friend! I'm admiring all your creativity here. Can you please share them with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. Hope to see you there at the party :)

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  45. You will be featured tomorrow during my Linky Party! Thank you so much for taking the time to link up with the frog last week! It truly was an honor having you!!
    Jenni
    kissedbyafrog.blogspot.com

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  46. Thanks for sharing such a great idea!

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  47. Delightful! Thank you!

    I featured you on my bi-monthly roundup of "stuff I like"

    http://charlottelaughs.blogspot.com/2011/07/another-round-up-july-edition.html

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  48. Love the tip about adding essential oil! Thanks, my mom and I were just scheming about making this work in an old foam bottle, so I was glad to find that it does!

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