How to Make Foaming Hand Soap at Home

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Written by Bernie Carr

One of the best ways I have found to save money on soap is by using liquid soap in a foaming dispenser. Just a small amount of liquid soap lasts for a long time when used this way. It is very easy to do, I placed one in every sink in my home.

DIY foaming hand soap

Here’s what you need:

Recycled foaming hand soap container: I had a used container that was gifted to me last Christmas. When the soap ran out, I saved the container and removed the label. If you don’t have a foaming soap dispenser, you can find one on Amazon.

Liquid soap: I use dish washing liquid, but you can use any liquid soap such as shampoo, body wash or you can make your own. I have a section in my new book, Frugal DIY that shows how.

Fragrance: This is optional, but I recommend it. I used a fragrance sample I got at a department store that I don’t plan to wear. I don’t use a lot of perfumes on myself due to allergies, but it works fine as a hand soap scent. You can also use your favorite essential oils.

Water: enough to fill your dispenser


Pour a cup of water (or a bit more depending on the size of your container) into the soap dispenser. Add three tablespoons of liquid soap. Add the fragrance. Tighten the lid and shake well to mix.

That’s it! Your foaming liquid hand soap is ready.

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About the author:

Bernie Carr is the founder of Apartment Prepper. She has written several books including the best-selling Prepper’s Pocket Guide, Jake and Miller’s Big Adventure, The Penny-Pinching Prepper and How to Prepare for Most Emergencies on a $50 a Month Budget. Her work appears in sites such as the Allstate Blog and, as well as print magazines such as Backwoods Survival Guide and Prepper Survival Guide. She has been featured in national publications such as Fox Business and Popular Mechanics. Learn more about Bernie here.

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