Pump (soap) it up!

29 Jan

So as you’ll hear, I have a small addiction to gathering knowledge.  This has been amplified 100x by the most wonderful creation of Pinterest.  With this visual shmorgishborg, I decided to start making some of my own household cleaners.

Enter the foam soap.

We love foam soap.  It’s easy for the kids to pump and wash their hands thoroughly, it doesn’t leave gummy drips on the sink’s edge and I just like it.  We shop at Meijer for most of our food and household supplies.  The Meijer brand is usually pretty good and cheaper (unless you coupon) than the brand names.  The Meijer foam soap was no exception.  It’s great and smells just as nice.  After seeing a pin on Pinterest, I thought I’d try making it myself.  Being the good Dutch girl that I am, I saved the bottles and used up all the liquid handsoap before giving this a try.

Following the pinned recipe mostly, I got great results!  The bottle they used was with the long narrow bottles from Bath and Body Works and mine was short and stout.  They suggested an inch of liquid hand soap at the bottom and filled the rest with warm water but wasn’t sure that was what I needed.  Here’s my version along with tweaks for next time:

Christie’s Foam Soap:

Ingredients:

One bottle hand soap (the clear kind, not cream)

Warm water

Empty pump soap bottle

Directions:

– Pump liquid hand soap into clean foam soap bottle – about 13 pumps.

– Add in slowly, warm tap water.

– Swirl water and soap together until it’s all off the bottom.

– Pump and wash!

Tweaks for next time:

– The Gar said it works great but is a little thin compared to the store purchased soap.  Next time I will do 15-20 pumps of hand soap and we should find a happy medium.  I probably could do that now but this works just fine.  I filled 4 bottles this way so it may be awhile till I get to test out the tweak.  But I’ll update then!

– Would love to have all bottle free of stickers and sticker gunk and add my own label to jazz it up a bit!

Cost & Verdict:

– Bottles = free

– Water = free

– Full bottle of liquid hand soap (Meijer Brand, not on sale): $1.06

Total:  With an estimate of 16 refills, about $0.06 a bottle!

Verdict:  This will be on my forever to make on my own list.

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