I love foaming hand soap but not the price. If you are like me, I have a trick that will save you SO much money on hand soap. Good smelling hand soap can cost up to $6.50 per bottle!! I would never pay that but if bought at full price from a store in the mall, you will pay a pretty penny for foaming hand soap. I estimated that this DIY bottle of foaming hand soap cost me approximately .14 to make without the essential oil and .32 with the essential oil included. (Of course your numbers will vary depending on the cost of your supplies, but you can see this is a great savings even over regular hand soap.)
Here is what you need:
- An empty foaming soap bottle (this soap was a Christmas gift from a friend),
- Liquid hand soap refill
- Hot tap water
- Essential oil (totally optional).
Start by filling the empty bottle 1/4th full of liquid hand soap. I happen to like a clear soap so that it looks good in any bottle and I can add whatever essential oil I want but any color or scent of liquid soap will do. (The Equate brand I bought at Walmart and it is currently $4.55for 56 oz and it will last forever since you are only using 2-3 oz per 8 oz foaming soap bottle.)
Just leave a little space at the top so that there is room to properly mix and allow for some bubbles to form.
The next step is optional. I like to add 8-10 drops of essential oil to the bottle before mixing it together. I added some lemon essential oil to this one but you could get creative and mix flavors if you have them on hand. Some great ones for hand soap are lavender, peppermint, lemon, orange, eucalyptus, grapefruit, and vanilla. (You can buy essential oils at places like GNC or Amazon has this well reviewed set of 14 fragrance oils.)
Put the pump in and close it tightly. To mix the water and soap, you turn and twist the bottle but don't shake it. Shaking causes too many bubbles. Twist and turn until the water and soap are completely combined.
That's all there is to it! Foaming soap is great if you have little kids who have a tendency to use too much soap because it costs just a few cents to make per bottle. My kids love the foam and anything that makes them more likely to wash their hands is totally worth it.