Jen’s DIY Foaming Hand Soap

soapA lot of DIY recipes for this call for liquid castille soap, and while I’m sure I could find that here in Costa Rica somewhere, I couldn’t fathom where to even begin looking for it. So in the mean time – I did this recipe below.  It works great, is so easy, and is SOOOOOO incredibly cheaper than say… Bath & Body Works.
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First of all – kind reminder to not refill your foaming pump bottle with regular liquid soap only – it will get clogged almost immediately. The foaming pump actually injects air into a small amount of the soap mixture, making an incredibly foamy pump of soap to wash your hands with. So, the solution is to water down the soap.

You will need a previously purchased foaming soap pump bottle (mine was an old one I had from Bath & Body Works).

The recipe is simple:

  • 3 tablespoons of either shampoo, body wash or liquid dish soap (you want a transparent/clear colored soap, not a creamy one)
  • 2/3 cups water

Heat the water for 30 seconds or so in the microwave so it is warm (not too hot).

Place your soap in the bottle first:
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You can also add a few drops of essential oil if you want for more fragrance.
Place the top on tightly, and shake to agitate.
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That’s it, you guys! So easy and cheap.  Look at this beautiful stuff!
IMG_8323That’s all for now, folks!  Cheers! — Jen

Jen

I quit my job in my early 40’s, sold everything and retired early to live a simple life in Costa Rica!

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6 Responses to Jen’s DIY Foaming Hand Soap

  1. Hi Jen! Thanks for another great blog posting! This is also my go-to recipe for hand soap, no matter where I am. I buy all-natural liquid soap or shampoo – expensive! but so much better for me AND the environment, and water it down in a foam dispenser as well, making it cheaper than regular department-store liquid soap. I even brought a foam soap dispenser with me to Costa Rica to use during our 3-month stint, and got all-natural soap at an amazing shop in Tamarindo (sorry! can’t remember the name of the shop). Less than $10 lasted us the whole 3 months. Make more with less! Thanks for sharing with your readers 🙂

  2. Very cool and easy to make Jen! You really amaze me with so much creativity. The opportunities are endless and you sure are taking them! Have a beautiful day!

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