SuperSimple Recipes

How to Make Your Own Foaming Hand Soap

From the recipe box of travel writer Carole Terwilliger Meyers.

bottle of foaming hand soap
bottle of foaming hand soap

It’s super easy and inexpensive to make your own foaming hand soap.  A friend of mine who is a chemist, Jeff Feiffer, helped me calculate the measurements for this recipe.  I like to make a few extra bottles so that I can gift one to a friend when I visit.  Here is what you need:

1 empty foaming soap bottle to recycle  (I like a sturdy one that I kept from J. R. Watkins)
1 bottle of regular liquid hand soap

1.  Measure plain tap water to the 3/4 cup mark on a Pyrex measuring cup.  Always do this step first.

2.  To the Pyrex measuring cup, add 1/4 cup of the liquid hand soap, bringing the measure to one full cup, or 8 ounces.  Mix gently with a spoon.

3.  Pour this into the clean, empty foaming soap bottle, leaving about 2 ounces empty. My Watkins bottle holds 9 ounces and works well even when I pour in the entire 8 ounces of soap mix.

4.  Store any extra in a glass bottle with a tight top.

Note that when using foaming soap, you need a couple of squirts to get enough soap. 

(; copyright Carole Terwilliger Meyers)