Foaming hand soap is such a good idea for little ones. Kids tend to either use way too much liquid hand soap and/or they don't agitate it long enough to actually make it lather and get all over their hands. When I was a teacher, I witnessed so many kids squirt on the hand soap, then almost immediately rinse it all off under the water before even lathering! So when they came out with foaming hand soap, I recall thinking what a good idea it was.
However, I have long thought that foaming hand cleanser must be a boon for the soap companies. They just had to pay -- once -- for the "foaming" design of the bottle and then they use a fraction of the actual cleanser, add a ton of water to the bottle, and sell it for the same price (or often more!) than the traditional hand soap counterparts. Screams DIY to me!
This is not exactly a new idea, I have seen it all over the internet. But the other day, I stumbled across this recipe again for make-your-own foaming hand soap from Money Saving Mom. "Recipe" is a bit of a stretch -- it's really just two ingredients, one of which you get from your sink. The most important thing is to make sure you have an empty foaming dispenser, otherwise you'll end up with just really watered down soap!
DIY Foaming Hand Soap
- 2 tbsp liquid hand soap, any kind
- warm water to fill container
Put a little warm water in bottom of dispenser. Add your hand soap. Fill the rest of container with warm water, swirl around gently, and that's it!
I have read a few tips:
- Don't shake, it will foam over.
- Don't use concentrated dish soap, it will produce way too much foam.
- You can make this using castile soap as well, which will be much gentler than traditional soap.
So step 1 for me will be splurging on a foaming hand soap (which I will wait for until I get a good deal!), then using it up, then trying out this recipe. How sad is it that I can't wait to try it? My kids can't even reach the sink yet! I really need a hobby.