Make Your Own Foaming Hand Soap

Emily has been insisting that I blog about this little tip for quite some time now. Today seemed to be the perfect time to do it since she was fresh out of foaming hand soap this morning.

To make your own foaming hand soap, you will need an existing foaming hand soap dispenser, and some body wash. I love Arbonne’s Guava Berry Body Wash. It is heavenly, but not so frugal. Making the foaming hand soap out of this makes it stretch a lot further.

To your empty foaming hand soap dispenser add 2 1/2 Tablespoons of body wash. Fill the rest of the bottle with water. That’s it! Screw the top back on the soap dispenser tightly. Make sure it is really on tight.
Then, SHAKE THE BEJESUS OUT OF IT!!! Shake, shake, shake… Shake, shake, shake… Shake your booty… Shake your booty!! Shake up and down, side to side, around and around… SHAKE BABY SHAKE!
Now look at the beautiful foaming hand soap you’ve made!

All clean!


  1. Dear Valerie,

    Sorry for using all of the soap and leaving an empty bottle.

    I'm not really sorry; I did it on purpose! Ha ha ha!

    Love Mark

    p.s. Regular dish soap works just fine too.

  2. Cool!

  3. Val in the Rose Garden says

    Those foaming soap dispencers are wonderful! I have one for each sink in my house. πŸ™‚


  4. That is a great tip. We love foaming hand soap.

    I love that Mark's comments always begin with Dear Valerie.

  5. Very clever!

  6. What a great tip! We use the foaming soap too, and buying the refill bottles adds up. I'm definitely trying this next time! πŸ™‚

  7. Stephanie Griffith says

    Well, that looks easy enough! Very cool! I have a ton of little hotel bodywashes that my mom has given me. She travels every week. This seems like a great use for them.

  8. I love how you took the expensive and made it frugal. Good for you.

  9. Amy McBride says

    What a great idea. I'll have to try it.

  10. I was wondering how to reuse the dispenser. What a great tip!!

  11. How in the world do you come up with all these great ideas? That pretty cool and oh so very frugal.

  12. I am tickled by Mark's comments. They're so sweet and cute… like love notes!

    Mark and Valerie sitting in the tree… πŸ™‚

  13. Stacy of KSW says

    I've been saving a foam soap dispenser for weeks! My sister took it upon her self to throw it away sometime today. I'm screaming on the inside… thanks for yet another GREAT tip.

  14. aprilfoolwed says

    We've been doing this for years. It's great when you want a little luxury to go a long way – or you can be super-frugal and buy the big ole jug of liquid handsoap at Sam's Club and have foaming soap for years (that's what we do for every room EXCEPT my own bathroom – I get a little luxury in there LOL).

  15. @ Val in the Rose Garden — I love how the kids don't leave trails of soap on the counter with these. We have them in all our bathrooms too, but none of them are properly labeled! πŸ˜‰

    @ Christy — I married him for his quick wit and irresistible charm. Oh, and he kills bugs AND opens jars! In return, I make him some bacon bowls. Clearly, I got the better half of the deal!

  16. @ aprilfoolwed — Very smart. Save some luxury for yourself! You deserve it! PS: I won't tell anyone that you refill the bottles with the stuff from Sam's Club. They'll never know and your secret is safe with me!

  17. very smart. i will keep this in mind when they have the twice a year bath & body works sales where the bins can be up to 75% off!


  18. aww that's nice πŸ™‚ we'll have a go .

  19. great idea! πŸ™‚

    i so enjoy your hubby's comments. πŸ˜‰

  20. Quick question: Do you have to shake every time or is it good to go?

    I use dial foaming and buy the generic foam soap to go in it but this is way better.

    Great blog.

  21. Yippee! I love foaming soap but I'm too cheap to buy it. I'm excited to try this!

  22. @Sarah — Nope! Once it is shaken well the first time, it's all set! If it sits for a really long time, it might need a little shaking to get foamy again, but we go through foaming hand soap so quickly in this house that we never need to re-shake it.

  23. @ finding_ac — What a great way to get stocked up!


  25. OK thank you mad soap scientist, I'm glad you figured this out and shared. You do realize the foaming soap industry is going to be furious! πŸ™‚

  26. Now, this is just one of the best tips I have heard in a long time. I was thinking about trying out the foamy hand soap for my kids, as they go through the regular soap way to fast. This tip is one I'll have to try. Thanks!

  27. EntertainingMom says

    wow… so you are saying that buying regular foaming soap is like the totally most unfrugal thing we can do? Ugh… threw all my foaming bottles away! Will have to make this one day!

  28. @ Kristin — Yeah, something tells me the foaming soap industry is not too happy with me!

    @ FrugalMom — I know what you mean. We go through tons of this stuff too, but we've been so happy with making our own for a long time now.

    @ EntertainingMom — Foaming soap is almost entirely made of water! As long as you have the dispenser, you're good to go! Don't throw any more of those bottles away!!

  29. Orange Juice says

    We do the same thing SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much cheaper than buying more!
    It's funny foaming soap cost more but uses less soap! hmmmmmmm

  30. I just bought a couple of bottles of body wash on sale, and was trying to figure out how to use them as hand soap (conveniently and without waste). Thanks!

  31. says

    Great idea!

    I buy the HUGE econo jugs of bubble bath– they cost only a couple bucks, even in Hawaii— and use those to refill my handsoap. I'll have to try the foaming one if I ever get a foaming container again.