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DIY Foaming Soap

DIY Foaming Hand Soap

DIY Foaming Hand Soap – Who doesn’t like foaming hand soap. The problem is that you tend to go through it so quickly – especially if you have kids. Not to panic, there’s a really simple way to make your own foaming hand soap.  It’s actually the container pump that makes the soap come out all foamy and lately I’m finding it hard to throw away perfectly good containers so why not be both frugal and environmentally conscious by refilling your old container. I worked it out and it cost less than a quarter to refill a container with this DIY foaming soap. This inexpensive soap is also perfect for the cottage, camping, or to keep near the garden.

The recipe for the DIY foaming hand wash is crazy simple.  You take your container, you add some dish soap, some water and voila you’re done.


  • Clean container with foam pump (I used one from Bath and Body Works and removed the labels)
  • Dish soap of your choice (I’m sure liquid hand soap would work too)
  • Water


  1. Get an empty and clean foam pump container and fill it up between 1/6 and 1/4 of the way with dish soap.
  2. Fill the rest of the container with water (make sure you don’t fill it too much but  leave space at the top for the pump to go in – otherwise it will overflow).
  3. Twist the pump lid on and give the container a gentle shake to make sure the soap and the water mix together.
  4. Go ahead and give it a few pumps and the foam should start coming out.

25 Comments on DIY Foaming Hand Soap

  1. Pam
    April 17, 2014 at 3:23 PM (8 years ago)

    OMG! It’s that easy?? What a cut in hand soap costs. Thanks for posting this! Can’t wait to try it out.

    • debby morge
      August 3, 2017 at 3:01 PM (4 years ago)

      i love trying new recipes the castile soap is so nice,a couple of bottles last forever i’ve been adding distilled water and my own essential oils to change or add scent,very nice bed bath and beyond has some really nice foam pumps and plain or fancy bottles ,i give them for gifts,bar soap i make to but that’s another subject

      • Anonymous
        April 17, 2020 at 11:18 AM (2 years ago)


  2. Awesome
    May 13, 2014 at 5:52 PM (8 years ago)


  3. Julia
    May 13, 2014 at 5:52 PM (8 years ago)

    So easy and cheap wow

  4. Cydiegirl
    October 21, 2014 at 5:54 AM (7 years ago)

    I just made this. It was incredibly quick and easy to make! I added a few drops of preferred essential oil for scent. How perfect and economical. Thank you!

  5. Stephanie
    January 10, 2015 at 10:47 AM (7 years ago)

    Great idea! Does the water and dish soap separate after sitting for a while?

    • Jamey
      February 12, 2015 at 8:48 AM (7 years ago)

      Hi Stephanie,

      No, we use this all the time and there’s never been any separation.
      ~ Jamey

      • Belinda
        January 28, 2020 at 7:06 PM (2 years ago)

        Mine didn’t tourn out foam it is pure liquid?

    • Kat
      April 25, 2020 at 2:09 PM (2 years ago)

      Hi, I can never get a used foaming soap container to work after I have cleaned it. Help?

  6. Bonnie
    February 17, 2015 at 1:09 PM (7 years ago)

    I used bottled water. Tap water has too many contaminates. Still crazy cheap!

    • Anonymous
      February 5, 2016 at 11:31 PM (6 years ago)

      Do you also use bottled water to rinse the soap off your hands? Otherwise, that seems rather pointless.

      • Barry
        April 17, 2020 at 1:03 PM (2 years ago)

        I love your reply to the person using bottled water!!

  7. Diana
    March 30, 2015 at 1:45 PM (7 years ago)

    I love the simplicity of this and it really helps to stretch a buck, been doing it for a while now.

  8. Lydia
    May 25, 2015 at 6:32 AM (7 years ago)

    I don’t think using liquid soap instead of dish soap works. My mother tried it once, and it separated. She’ll be happy to hear you can make it with dish soap though!

  9. Linda
    August 27, 2015 at 9:00 PM (6 years ago)

    thank you!! I used soft soap hand soap and it worked like a charm.

  10. Bev
    December 1, 2015 at 7:35 AM (6 years ago)

    I thought I was the only one doing this. It works so well, even with non-foaming bottles but that squirts out pretty fast.

  11. Ruth
    January 8, 2016 at 6:50 PM (6 years ago)

    I do this all the time, but I go to Marshall’s or a similar store and splurge on a very nice liquid soap (my one weakness) and only need a small amount to get lots of beautifully fragrant foam.

    Good to see others are doing this, too.

    • Jamey
      January 19, 2016 at 11:19 AM (6 years ago)

      Thanks Ruth. I’ve also been switching to some beautiful castile liquid soap and it’s lovely.
      ~ Jamey

  12. mandy cat
    February 2, 2016 at 12:11 PM (6 years ago)

    Even better, use Dawn Hand Renewal dish soap, with Olay. I used the lavender scented one to make a DIY version of Mary Kay Satin Hand sugar scrub this year for holiday hostess gifts (directions elsewhere on Pinterest, batch.) Much kinder to your hands than most dish soaps and still budget friendly.

  13. Karen M.
    March 5, 2016 at 12:14 PM (6 years ago)

    Thank you for this idea! I can’t believe how easy and inexpensive it was to do. Awesomeness. 🙂

  14. Bernadette
    November 21, 2017 at 5:15 PM (4 years ago)

    I do the soap all the time just boil the water and let it cool.

  15. Jackie Mullinax
    June 9, 2019 at 12:50 PM (2 years ago)

    Just made my 1st bottle for the kitchen using a Bath and Body Works empty bottle. It foams up like crazy! Love it and will keep on doing it, thanks so much for sharing this hack!

  16. Kitty
    April 20, 2020 at 1:00 PM (2 years ago)

    I’ve been doing this for years. Is a good way to save for dishwasher detergent.

  17. Trish
    April 27, 2020 at 1:04 PM (2 years ago)

    I love it!! I used Softsoap with pure water and added 5 drops of Myrr. Smells great. Thanks for the instructions.


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