How to Frugally Make Foaming Soap

This is a very simple idea, but sometimes the simplest ideas are some of the best frugal ones. I’ve been doing this for many years now, and love how easily I can save pennies with this tip. Saving money doesn’t have to be complicated with handy tricks like these! It’s a very simple tip that I’m sharing today – how to make foaming hand soap. If you are not already doing this, you’ll want to try this tip to turn one bottle of hand soap into 5 (or more)!

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The first thing you need to do is buy an actual container of foaming hand soap at the store. The reason for this is simple. The pump on foaming soap is different than the pump on regular soap. This tip won’t work with a regular bottle of hand soap. A lot of Bath and Body Works soaps have a foaming lid, so maybe you already have one of those around the house. If so, you are ready to go!

If you don’t have a foaming bottle of soap, add it to your grocery list or pick up a bottle on Amazon. Mrs. Meyer’s foaming hand soap is my favorite because the bottles are so durable! I’ve been using these bottles for years without any signs of them wearing out. I got bottles like these on a sale and have more than made back my money for the bottle with this handy trick!

When your soap is empty, rinse out the bottle with water. You’re going to put soap back into the bottle so don’t worry about scrubbing it out. Then, take a bottle of regular soap. Pour enough regular hand soap into your empty bottle to cover the bottom of the bottle. There isn’t an exact science to this, depending on the height and width of your bottle. The more you make foaming hand soap, the easier it will be to figure out how much soap to put into your bottle. I put about a quarter to a half inch of soap in a bottle this size.

Next, fill the rest of the bottle with warm water from your sink. Stop when you are about an inch from the top of the bottle. The reason for this, as you will see, is that foaming pumps take up more space than a regular pump. You don’t want to overflow your bottle!

Now, screw the lid pump back on to your bottle. Carefully cover up the spout of the soap with your thumb and shake your soap.

Ta-da! You’re all done! You have a brand new bottle of foaming hand soap. Using this technique, you can make a regular bottle of soap last for months. It cleans your hands just as well, I promise. In fact, I think foaming soap is easier for children to use because they see the soap on their hands. Instead of buying new expensive bottles of foaming soap, you can use a bottle of your favorite regular soap and stretch it to last. Go ahead. Try it. Let me know what you think!

What’s a simple money saving trick that you use in your family? I always love learning new little ways to save money!

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  1. Idove been doing this with dish soap. Works great. Especially if you just want to was a dish or a pan. A pump or two and you’ve got enough soap. Without the waste.

  2. I do this too. I love it, and sometimes I use my favorite body wash to get my favorite scent and make the bottle last way longer!

    1. Great idea, Sarah! I’ve done that too at times. It really is amazing how much longer you can stretch a bit of soap!

  3. I love this idea, I’m convinced my family uses much less soap- however, every time I’ve tried it, the dispenser stops working after a few months or so of use- has this happened to you? I’ve had to throw it out and buy a new one, which cuts into my savings- bummer!

    1. You know, Evelyn, it has happened to me a couple times. I wonder if they are just not making the pumps as high quality as they used to, since the manufacturers are not planning on frugal people like us reusing them. Have you found it happens with a certain brand more than others? I think my Bath and Body Works dispensers seem to work longer than the Dial ones. I’m going to start paying closer attention to that. Still, it’s nice to stretch our soap usage!

    1. I know, Brittany! It really is so simple that it’s often overlooked. You’re welcome and I’m glad it was a helpful tip!

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