Introduction: CHEAP Foam Soap

Have you ever wondered if you could make soap cheaper? Well I have, SO I one day I was thinking "I wonder if you could make your own foam soap?" So off I went to the dollar store and picked up these items I played around with them until I came up with this mixture...its REALLY CHEAP...and these days thats what everyone is looking for :) Hope you ENJOY!!!!

Step 1: Foam Bottle

Find a bottle of Foam soap (the bottle should look like this picture or pretty close) use until empty.

Step 2: Add Soap

When bottle is empty add approx. 3-4 Tbs. of any kind of cheap hand soap, Yes i used detergent in mine it was the cheapest stuff I found .04 cents an ounce..yea WOW..,it worked better than any other 'cheap' soap I found because it's thicker.

Step 3: Add Water

Finish off with approx. 1/2 C. water (or until bottle is filled).

Step 4: Enjoy

Now you can enjoy your soap its softer on your hands, easy to clean up (when the kids spill it) and a WHOLE LOT CHEAPER!!!!

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spark master (author)2016-04-04

I used the soap from old dispenser water it down to 3 parts water 1 part soap. FABULOUS, cheap cheap cheap

to you and all those who did their version of this instructable, it works great!

I
went to target and bought their branded cheapest clear soap for the
dispenser. I have a half bottle of refill soap from my old annoying
dispenser, (95 % of the soap goes down the drain with that type.

I
mistakenly had my kid buy me a jug of castile soap, (no big deal), and
unfortunately I now have a 50 year supply of hand soap. It uses so
little at 3:1, I will break down and get another dispenser, for bathroom
and kitchen.

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gtoal (author)2015-12-12

We do this too by reusing the bottles from Dial foaming soap bought at Big Lots last year for 75c less 20% off :-) Haven't bought foaming soap since! I've also read that some people use body wash but we've been quite happy with dishwashing soap.

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MsJan (author)2012-08-07

Does everone know that most of our soaps are toxic to humans? I buy most of my dishsoap at Whole Foods since they offer the better kinds for us. I never purchase any with any type of scent due to them causing us cancer. I now make my own bath soap. It is cheaper in the long run and looks better than any on the shelf and is healthier. Help keep our planet safe. Remember a Healthy Home Has No Smell. The choices we make many times do not only affect us but all around us.

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melharvey (author)2012-02-16

I read why the pump starts sticking on a site that sells foam pumps-- cheap but the shipping is min. 10 bucks--http://www.bottlesandfoamers.com/cart/foam-pump-instructions-c-20.html

"The pump mechanism has a small amount of lubricant in the chamber to keep the pump moving smoothly. This will break down over time and cause the pump to stick. You may pull the pump apart and add a small amount of lubricant to keep the pump from sticking. Any silicone base or water insoluble lubrication will do."

You can get the silicone lubricant at the auto parts store-- ask for the stuff that keeps the old seals on the car door from sticking in the winter.

Also they say don't use them in the shower-- because of getting water into the pump mechanism.

But sticking seems to be the main problem over time, so that looks like an easy fix. The can of lubricant will last forever, most likely. And if your car doors start sticking, you're ready for that too.

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whisperonthewind (author)2011-08-27

You can buy new foam pump bottles online, easily and cheaply. And any liquid soap will work, including shampoo or bath gel. I use about 1/6 hand soap to 5/6 water, a little more shampoo in the mix for foamy shampoo (saves time! works just as well), and for bath gel or bubble bath, you have to try it. For me, bath gel was about 1/8 gel to 7/8 water, and bubble bath was closer to hand soap in strength.

And if you clean the foam pump part with anything, either vinegar or water or a mix, let it dry for a couple days before trying to use it again. You want it REALLY dry. And if it just doesn't work after that but you like the bottle, you can also get replacement pumps online! Google is your friend.

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MetroidMan347 (author)2010-12-04

I did some of my own experiments, and I found the purple anti-bacterial soft soap (or the rip-offs of it) worked almost perfectly to the standards of the commercial stuff. I fill mine with slightly less than 1/3 of a bottle, water, and a little more than 1/3 soap. That's what seems to work best for me.

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35Timmy (author)2010-01-28

  thank you  
  
 now i can  finally  pervent the air  from getting filled with diease 
  from my sister's flu
 and now i can have a  safer and healther air   becuase my sister has
   

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Dixiechick20 (author)35Timmy2010-04-10

I am glad I helped someone out!!! :)

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elizabethd22 (author)2009-08-22

In other posts online on this topic, I have seen it recommended to pump a vinegar solution through the pump if it stops working. The vinegar cleans the water deposits off the mechanism so it frees things up and gets it working again.

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I'll have to try that! ;)

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ScannerWA (author)2010-02-10

I've been doing this with Walgreen hand soap and the Walgreen foaming soap bottle for over a month now. Just recently (over the last couple of days) the pump started getting sticky (getting stuck in the DOWN position) so I just unscrewed the top and pumped warm water through it, problem solved, it's back to it's functional cost reducing effectiveness again. :)

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Dixiechick20 (author)ScannerWA2010-04-10

Yea, my Dollar Tree version you see here did this, I took one of them apart and cleaned it. But the second time it sorta fell apart so I had a coupon for a dial foam soap, so I bought that and it has worked great ever since! I am glad other people do the same thing!

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tiyospe (author)2009-01-14

is this just plain soap or does it actually foam when you pump it?

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Dixiechick20 (author)tiyospe2009-02-06

Yes it does actually foams, the pump on the soap bottle is what makes it foam, I bought the pumps at Dollar Tree (if you can't find it at you local Dollar Tree, ask for a Catalog and you can probably find one in there and ask them to order for their store), it had soap in it, when the soap ran out I just added this recipe. It saves you money on your soft soap (I don't recommend using this as a dish detergent!!!)

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dchall8 (author)2008-10-16

I've tried this with Dawn dish soap in two different Dial foamy pumps, and for some reason the pumps broke. It worked fine at first but became harder and harder to pump with time. I thought it might loosen up if I went back and used the official Dial refill soap but it didn't. It seems like the Dawn foamy dish pump is made better than the Dial foamy hand soap pump. I've been using Dawn pumps with generic foamy refill soap for awhile. I should try one of them with diluted regular dish soap.

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Scott_Tx (author)2008-10-16

What I do here. I use about 1/4 'ultra' type dishwashing soap to 3/4 parts water. I like the foam better cause it doesnt wash off your hands as soon as you start scrubbing like the gel does.

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