Make It Quick: Homemade Foaming Handsoaps

Welcome to the Make it Quick series. Last week, we saw how to make homemade “boxed” cake mixes.  This week, something a little different.

If you like high end foaming handsoap, you can make it quick and cheaper yourself.  Amy shows us how to make a QUICK, natural  foaming handsoap at home.

Learn how to make your own foaming handsoap here.

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  • Seanne

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    • Shannon


      Those are the sweetest things anyone has every said to me. :)

    • Shannon

      Oh I do represent the slightly sarcastic :) I like to keep it real.

  • Bonnie

    I think that something that gets used so quickly is fine to use tap water – although I do see the benefits of using distilled water too (and a gallon is pretty cheap).

    Pampered Chef (and some kitchen stores, I think) sell empty foaming pump dispensers (and did before they were available ready-filled). I used on for my baby bath with my first son. I think a whole bottle of baby wash lasted 2 years because it makes it go so much farther when you use the foaming dispenser. And I loved that I had this creamy rich foam to lather on him rather than trying to disperse the “gel” into a washcloth or over his body/hair. The pump was nice too because you only need one hand (and at times I wished I had eight hands to hold and wash that slippery, wiggly, little boy!). It is one of my favorite “new mom” tips to give. J&J actually sold a foaming dispenser at one time, but it must be discontinued as I’ve never come across one in the last 3 years. Incidentally, I always used tap water too – but we do have a whole-house water softener/filter.

    • Rachelle R

      @Bonnie, great tip! i just had a pampered chef party and i’ll have to order that for a new mommy to be in my family. thanks!

    • Shannon


      That is a great idea! I might just try this for myself.

  • Jennifer

    Just curious…. Don’t you use the soap (made with filtered water) while washing your hands with tap water? I’m not seeing the difference if you make the soap with a bit of tap water. Maybe I’m missing something.

  • danielle

    Agreed. I used to waste $$ on bottled, but no more my friend. Someone was said to me, as I was drinking my bottle of Evain, that it spells naive backwards…hahahahhaah

  • Amy

    I {heart} you, my friend. Thanks for the linky love! xoxo -Amy


    Tap water?! Negatory.
    Distilled filtered water.

    I make geek-inspired toiletries for my Etsy store & tap water = all kinds of junk that overtime will breed more bacteria. ANY toiletry you want to make… lotion… foam soap… you always want to use distilled water.

    • Shannon

      Thats a good suggestion, but I use tap water all the time. No junk, gunk or munk in our soap. I also use tap water for my laundry detergent that is concentrated.

      I figure if I can drink it, I can use it for laundry.

    • @Danielle, I figure if I don’t shower with distilled water (I don’t) then I can likely make soap without it. Soap doesn’t last long enough around my house to breed the heebee-jeebees, anyway.

      Now… if I was making it for a shelf-life or to sell to someone, I would likely invest in distilled water.