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Foaming Hand Soap

Making foaming hand soap is super-easy and saves money by lessening concentrated soap usage. While you can certainly buy a foaming soap dispenser from Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, or online, I’ve chosen to reuse empty disposable foaming soap dispensers gathered from others. I figure, why pay for something new when I can get life out of something that would otherwise go in the trash or recycle bin? From Freecycle I’ve received empty Dial Complete and Bath and Body Works foaming soap dispensers. The Dial ones work great; I haven’t tried the Bath and Body Works ones yet.

The recipe is simple: 1 part soap to 3 parts water. I just estimate 1/4 of the volume the bottle will hold. Don’t nitpick over the amount–a little off in either direction is no big deal. The goal is to have it well-diluted while still being thick enough stick around for the recommended 20 seconds of washing. Personally, I use Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Baby Mild Liquid Castile Soap which is vegan, fair trade, organic, and friendly to the water supply. (Note: I used to say 1/10 soap to water, but I found that this was rinsing away too quickly to get that that recommended 20 seconds of washing.) 


Squirt in the soap then fill the rest of the bottle with water, leaving enough space for the bulky pump to fit in. Watch out for foaming as you fill the bottle! 



Sometimes I scent each batch of soap using essential oils (start with 10 drops, but you may need even double or triple that you get the level of scent you want), but usually I just leave it unscented.


About More Green for Less Green

Hi, I’m Pamm. Welcome to my little slice of the web! As a progressive Evangelical female pastor and crunchy homeschooling mom, I’m never quite what anyone expects of me. But, hey, that’s what makes blogging interesting, right? Join me as I try to wholeheartedly parent my three little boys, slowly fix up the trashed foreclosure we bought in 2009, and live simply.

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  • Anonymous May 30, 2010, 3:29 pm

    Wow. Such a good idea and so simple. Thanks!

  • Hand Soap July 17, 2010, 7:03 am


    I read your post. It is a interesting post by you.Thanks for all the reviews you write about foaming hand soap. Really I appreciate for your good idea.

  • rachel whetzel September 8, 2010, 3:00 am

    YAY!! I found you because I was wondering about how well reusing foaming soap dispensers worked! Thanks. I’m off to browse more of your posts.

  • Caroline January 9, 2013, 1:33 am

    Love this, and kicking myself for getting rid of the used-up foam soap dispenser I had! (yesterday! of course!). Will do this next time though! :)

  • Carly March 29, 2016, 3:27 am

    I have tried reusing the foam soap dispensers and they work great until about halfway through and the start to stick… Any advice? I also use Dr. Bronner’s diluted in water. Thanks!

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