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Make Foam Soap Homemade For Pennies

Updated on September 4, 2009

Dial Complete Foam Soap Dispenser for the Frugalist

Hand and dish foam soap dispensers are not NEW, Pampered Chef has had a foam soap dispenser for years now. Foam soap dispensers have recently become much more popular now that Dial has a brand new hand soap line using them. Dial Complete is about the same price as the regular hand soap but it is a cheap way to get a durable foam soap dispenser for making cheap foam soap at home. Consider the foam soap already in it a freebie. Why should you use theDial Complete Foam Soap Dispenser to make your own foam soap at home? Because it will cost you just pennies for each bottle full. Save money and enjoy the ease of washing with foam soap

The Recipe

Add 3 tablespoons of liquid soap to foam soap dispenser bottle and fill with cold or warm water.

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How Much Will It Really Save.. The Math

Consider that when full, a bottle of Dial Complete in the 7.5 ounce size has about 186 pumps in it. One person washing their hands 3 times a day using one pump and it will last you about 2 months. Or, 2 people will use it in 1 month. The math equals out to 2.4 cents per pump to use the foam soap dispenser.

A Family of 4 people who are washing their hands 3 times a day, every day would go through a bottle of foam soap in about 2 weeks. A bottle of 7.5 ounce Dial Complete costs approximently $4.00 depending where you buy it.

Here is where the fun comes in. A bottle of the 7.5 ounce regular Dial antibacterial soap costs about $3.00. To refill your Dial Complete foam soap dispenser you will need 1.5 ounces of soap or 3 tablespoons. That's 5 refills using one regular 7.5 ounce bottle of regular Dial antibacterial or $.60 cents per refill. Buying a cheaper brand of regular liquid soap will save you even more. Pick up a botle of Soft Soap or Suave Hand Soap on sale for $1 and pay just$.20 per refill.

If you are paying just a quarter per refill with your foam soap dispenser, an entire family of 4 can wash there hands 3 times a day for just 2 cents a day give or or take a few tenths of a cent. Who can't handle 2 cents for a days use of foam soap?

Two Pennies a Day!!

Using 3 tablespoons of regular hand soap in your foam soap dispenser can costs as little as 2 pennies a day for a family of 4 if they are washing their hands 3 times a day.

Other Foam Soap Pump Dispensers

You don't just have to buy the Dial Complete foam soap dispensers. Pampered Chef and some other brands have soap foam pumps that work just as well. Pampered Chef was the original foam soap dispenser. Bath and body works also have some great foam soap dispensers that can be refilled and reused.

Look above !! for some great alternatives to the Dial soap dispensers. These are sold at Ebay and generally in lots of 3 or more. A great savings so that you can have them in the bathrooms, kitchen and in the camper.

Don't Forget The Dishes

You don't need to just limit yourself to foam hand soap. Take a tip from Dawn's Direct Foam and make a bottle up of foam dishwashing soap. Bring it into the shower and use it with body wash for a foamy wash.


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      Joy 6 years ago

      Also try adding some essential oils like lavendar or tea tree oil.

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      Christian 6 years ago

      Great idea. Just curious thou if by adding water to it are you diluting the strength of the antibacterial properties?? Saving money I'm all about but just because it will dispense the foam is it now just cleaning and no longer strong enough to kill bacteria?

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      Rachel-NZ 7 years ago

      Wow this is awesome! It so hard to find foam soap pumps here in New Zealand, then when you find them overseas the international postage is a real killer, especially when you only want a handful.

      I've been making my own foaming soap for a while now. I purchased a cheap foaming hand sanitizer just to tip it out/thoroughly clean it to use for the recipe I use lol so it's nice to know there are options out there in the big www :)

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      Kevin 7 years ago

      We supply foam soap pumps with empty bottles. Users of theis site can take 10% off with your first order. Enter coupon code: " hubpages " at checkout.

      Thank you.


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      Claire 7 years ago

      Jim, I did the same thing with the scraps from a broken bar of soap from the shower. I just shoved them into the foaming soap dispenser and added water. This is not a bad way to go for the "lazy man's method". After a few weeks, the scraps had swollen and the water became thick enough that it started to clog the dispenser. I melt laundry soap to make my own detergent, so I thought I'd try the same thing with my hand soap. I dumped the whole thing into a saucepan and put in on low heat. The scraps melted, and after it cooled, I had to add more hot water because it had become SO thick. Another site I read said a grated full bar of soap would make a gallon of liquid hand soap, but that recipe was for a regular pump and not a foaming dispenser. If a foaming dispenser requires the soap be diluted even further, just think how far your little scraps of used hotel soap could go! You may never have to buy soap again!

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      Jim Allen 7 years ago

      I have been trying to make my own foaming soap for a couple of years now. I saw this link while shopping for refill for foaming soap.

      I have been using bar soap from motels (ones I have used, not new ones, which would be stealing),soaking them until the soften, then shaking. Haven't tried to come up with a repeatable formula yet, but can be done. Works ok but better with a little liquid soap.

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      Robert 7 years ago

      After having taken one of these things apart and completely modeling it in the computer, I can assure you that the beaded soap will cause problems. These things work in two stages. First stage just adds air to the soap - you end up with coarse bubbles the size of peas. The second stage forces all these coarse bubbles through a very fine plastic mesh - you end up with very fine foam. After a few pumps with the beaded soap, the mesh would be totally clogged and the pump ruined.

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      calyx 7 years ago

      Oh please - tap water is a health risk, so use distilled? How precious and sheltered is that! Also, using antibacterial soap as a matter of routine is not only overkill, but helps to breed superbugs.

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      Millie 8 years ago

      I had the idea of adding food coloring to each bottle to match all the bathrooms. I also put a few drops of vanilla in one and a few drops of cinnamon in another.

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      Gene 8 years ago

      I have tried to make foam soap with antibacteria soap and it did not work, caused the pump to "freeze". However, the 3 tablespoon of soap to 2/3 cup of water worked. I did however, after a couple of pumps, added another tablespoon of soap. Worked fine. Thank you for the formula.

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      Maria 8 years ago

      I have used foamers that are used for example after finishing my Dial Handwash or Dawn Dishwashing Foamer and I find that not long later my foamer quits working. The foamer becomes hard to push. I am using Dawn Dishwashing liquid and I am diluting more than what your recipe states and still I am having problems, any suggestions, please?

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      Lgali 9 years ago

      another good hub

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      MeanandClean 9 years ago

      You can buy empty foaming pumps and bottles cheap here. This is the same as the Pampered Chef Foamer at 1/10th the price.

      I use them as gifts for friends. I also have used them for clas projectsto have the kids color and decorate them for use as gifts as well.

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      Pagan Crafter 9 years ago from Over the Rainbow

      Yet another great hub, and more good information to apply to my life!

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      Howard 10 years ago

      I love this foam soap idea - and i'm not worried about the preservatives because I use Shaklee's Hand Wash Concentrate. The was it comes, you use it in a pump bottle that only dispenses about a "pea"-sized amount of soap...which is plenty for this product! But...putting it in the foam bottle using a 1:8 ratio gives a nice, luxurious foam, wonderful juniper scent, and no preservative worries.

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      Guest 10 years ago

      While I think this is an interesting idea, has anyone considered the sanitary concerns of making your own foaming soap? More often than not tap water is not as clean/germ-free as we think so I would suggest using distilled water. Also, most soaps have only enough preservatives in them for their designed usage. When you dilute the soap you're diluting the preservatives, which means that the soap could easly become contaminated and you could be doing more harm than good by using. Just somethings to keep in mind.

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      sunstreeks 10 years ago from Western Washington

      Thanks Zsuzsy and Patty

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      Patty Inglish 10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I have heard of this and am glad to know that they work.

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      sunstreeks 10 years ago from Western Washington


      If your preschoolers are into foam.. spray foaming shaving cream on a table(glass or other that would be safe for this, no wood). We used to clean the tables after painting using this when i worked in a daycare. The kids could make swirlys and other designs in the shaving cr.eam and it cleaned the table while they were playing.

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      C.M. Vanderlinden 10 years ago from Metro Detroit

      This is great! I'm definitely going to try this. I have two preschoolers, and I find that, for whatever reason, the foaming hand soap seems easier (and more fun) for them to use. And they use a lot of it!

      Thanks for the info :-)

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      sunstreeks 10 years ago from Western Washington

      good luck!! :)

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      Kat07 10 years ago from Tampa

      Hmmm, you might be right about the beads. If I ever try it, I'll let you know how it turns out.

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      sunstreeks 10 years ago from Western Washington

      I have never tried using those. I think that beaded soaps (like bath and body works) will clog up the foam dispenser. and the creme soaps may work if the are diluted enough. but truly, that's just my thought and I have no real experience to base it on :)

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      Kat07 10 years ago from Tampa

      WOW : ) Will this work with antibacterial soaps that have beads or moisturizing hand soaps that are thicker?

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      sunstreeks 10 years ago from Western Washington

      Nope no shaking neccesary :)

      You can actually just pour in the regular soap, add the water, stick the top back on and walk away. When you come back the soap will have seperated and mixed with the water. No need to fuss with it after that until its refill time. :)

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      Kat07 10 years ago from Tampa

      Do you find that you have to keep shaking up the bottle for use or does the solution stay mixed once made?

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      dafla 10 years ago

      I've gotta try this. Right now, I just use cheap dishwashing soap, watered down by 1/3, with a little coconut oil added.

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      MM Del Rosario 10 years ago from NSW, Australia

      These are simple and good tips that anyone can do...let's do it and save

      Welcome to hubpages.... Sunstreeks


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