How to Make Your Own Foaming Hand Soap

make your own foam hand soap

Want to know why you should buy the prettiest bottle of hand soap you can find? Because you can reuse it forever. And after six months, trust me, it’s nice to have a nice design to look at day in and day out. These limited edition Orla Kiely Method bottles are perfect.

I’ve been using this trick for ages and it has saved me – no joke – probably hundreds of dollars. Because we wash hands a lot. Between changing diapers, potty training and trying to avoid the flu, we go through crazy amounts of hand soap. I tried the store bought refills for a while but even those were too expensive. It is so much easier – and cheaper – to make your own.

How to make your own foaming hand soap

Homemade Foaming Soap

After you use up the soap that came in the bottle, don’t throw it away!

To make your own foaming soap, here’s what you do:

1. Pour in a tiny bit of liquid soap. You don’t need to fill more than 1/8 or 1/4 of the bottle with soap. A little goes a long way. My giant bottle of Dr. Bronner’s has been perfect for refilling. I’ve been using a tall bottle to refill 4 pumps for over 8 months.

2. Then fill the rest of the bottle with water. Then just pump and wash!

diy foaming hand soap

I’ve found that getting my kids to wash their hands is much easier with foaming soap. The foam bottles have a sturdy base that doesn’t fall over like gel soap, and the wider pump is more manageable for small hands. So they quickly learn to do it themselves – and then I have to drag them away from playing in the water. :)

Win Your Own Method Soap

Because pretty bottles are important, we’re giving away 3 bottles of Method soap:

  • Tomato Vine dish soap
  • White Nectarine gel hand soap
  • White Nectarine foaming hand soap

How to enter

Like the Method Facebook page and leave a comment on this post.

Method is also giving away 5 Orla Kiely tote bags filled with Method products. Just visit their Facebook page to enter.

Thank you Method!

Contest open to US residents only. Winner will be randomly selected next Friday at midnight. Thanks to Method for sponsoring today’s giveaway.


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  1. Michelle Tucker says

    I liked their page. Thanks so much for the opportunity.
    michelletucker at baconnation dot net

  2. Sara Haaf says

    I already liked method on fb and thanks for the heads up on their contest, now that’s also entered.

  3. Geoff K says

    I love Method soaps and cleaning products! They’re always coming up with new and interesting scents, which I love, and their holiday collection can’t be beat. Thanks for the chance to enter!

    I like Method on facebook: Geoff K

  4. tink Pixiedust says

    I didn’t even know that method had an FB page! Just ‘Liked’ them. :) I found you via Pinterest and am so glad I did! :)

  5. Lisa says

    I liked their Facebook page with the username of Lisa Alyson. I also think it’s really neat how you can make foam soap so easily..who knew?

  6. beatriz says

    I liked them on fb! we have made our own foaming soap for 2 years and I really do need new bottles!!

  7. says

    I liked Method’s FB page. I also use Dr. Bronners for our foaming soap dispensers at home. Sadly, I ran out of it the other day. Would love to try Method!

  8. Catherine S says

    I do love the Method line. And I do recycle my foaming handwash containers in this way too. It’s amazing how little soap is necessary to make a fine foam.

  9. says

    i like method on FB. i haven’t tried this product, but i would be interested in trying a more environmentally friendly brand. it also helps that i can re-use the bottle to make my own soap.

  10. Margot C says

    I already do this! (my husband thinks that I am a crank putting water in the liquid soap, now I can point to your post!)

    I liked Method on facebook already; I hope that counts.

  11. says

    I liked Method on Facebook and I loooove everything Method in real life! Hope I win. Thanks so much for hosting this super giveaway. Nifty trick by the way, i will definitely be trying this.

  12. Kim L. says

    I love those bottles! I agree with you, the pump is much easier for kids to use and they use so much less! My son was putting about 3 pumps of regular liquid soap on his hands at a time. (and they still weren’t clean lol)

  13. sara says

    I liked Method on Facebook. Those bottles are super fun! I have refilled Method dish soap bottles because I love their shape, but these are even better!

  14. erica says

    i like method on FB. and i REALLY like their products. been using their soap and cleaning spray for about a year now. (and just tried the laundry detergent too!)


  15. Sherry says

    I haven’t tried Method yet but I’m looking forward to it. I love the bottle designs.
    I’ve been using this idea for awhile,I’m cheap and it’s great!