Frugal Friday: DIY Soap

Thanks to ShaRhonda Crow for this great, fast & frugal tutorial!

At my nest we like foamy hand soap. About twice a year, November and July I hit that smelly store at the mall and stock up on a few new scents and flavors. However, six flavors do not last six months when I give a few away as gifts and we use them. Speaking of using them. I have a certain member of my family that washes his hands so much with all that antibacterial foam that his hands become so cracked and dry. I know that is not good. I think somehow we ruined that generation of pre-teens. We should just go ahead and call them the Germy-X Generation now.

So, what have I found to get the foamy hand soap action and still clean those grubby hands?

Homemade Foaming Soap. Pinterest inspired of course. I use the recipe for Baby Wash. Why? Because I am averse to certain smells and I love the smell of babies.  I still believe if its gentle enough for your eyes, its going to be gentle on your hands. And we all know its not just the soap, but its the water and the scrubbing for 20 seconds that gets your hands clean right?

So I take my $2.98, six saved foam pumper bottles, some water,  and I make my own soap. And guess what I still have soap left to make more later. I saved $. Lots of it. Sorry smelly store. But thanks for the use of your bottles.

Here’s how you make it. It’s hard my friends. Very hard.


  • Rinse and Clean your leftover pumper bottles. I peeled off my labels, then sprayed them with WD-40 to get the sticky off. Works like magic.Then be sure to use some dish soap to off. I just love WD-40.
  • Fill bottle with about one inch of soap.
  • Slowly fill the rest of the bottle with cold water. Don’t completely fill. The pump has to go in and you don’t want it to overflow.
  • Place pump back on bottle. Do not shake, but rather tilt from side to side to mix soap and water.

That’s it. Easy peasy, right? Hope I inspired you all to go out and make your own gentle handsoap for the upcoming Fall/Winter months. Let me know how you like it and if you ever will go back

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