Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Duh Moment: The Rippoff that is Foamy Soap

 As many of you  know, foamy soap makes washing children's hands so much easier because they aren't globing 2 gallons of soap on their hands with each washing, they like it, and it's easier to rinse. BUT... it is so expensive, and the kids go through it way too fast. So I came up with a solution that has saved me a ton of money. My husband liked it so much, he told me to write about it on the blog.

So here goes....

What I discovered is that the key to foamy soap is the bottle. All you need is to take an empty dispenser (7.5 fl oz), and fill it up to about an inch with regular hand soap, then fill it the rest of the way with water, shake it up, and voila you have foamy soap.

That's it.

No. It doesn't work as well as regular foamy soap. You have to shake it up fairly regularly to keep the soap and water all mixed up, and if you want to make it really foamy. But in the great history of things I have done in my lifetime to save money, a few moments shaking a bottle before washing my hands is nothing. What really bugs me is that this discovery has essentially confirmed my suspicions that I have actually been paying a lot more money for what is, essentially, less soap.

Oh well... that's consumerism for you I guess.


  1. Someone has taken your idea!

  2. Cool product! I just used an old foamy soap dispenser but that works too.

  3. I do the same thing. I tried it and sure you have to shake it up but that is fine and cheaper! It is the same with homemade liquid laundry detergent.

    1. Yep. Homemade laundry detergent is next on my list.

  4. I am a new follower would love a follow back at

  5. So easy. Thanks for the tip. I have a Blog Hop, and I would love it if you would link this post. You can find it at
    It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  6. cool I didint nkow that you cold do that ! .

  7. I've been doing this for years. I use an empty "Tone" brand foam dispenser. You can get the same effect with way less soap than you are using in your directions above. If you notice the original contents of these dispensers appear very watery when shaken. You can get away with using very little liquid soap and add mostly water, then shake to distribute. You have to experiment to see what ratio of soap to water works best with the dispenser you are using. I wait for a cheap shampoo brand to go on sale ($0.79-$0.89 a bottle) and use that to dilute with water. With just my husband and myself, the several bottles of regular shampoo will last us for years using the foam soap dispensers.


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