I've always loved the convenience of hand soap pumps (we gave up bars long ago due their messiness) but always thought that the gel soaps I used were just too thick, wasteful and hard to rinse off, so when Foaming Hand Soap Pumps came out, I was in heaven. But I still had some complaining to do because they did get used up much faster and the refills never seemed big enough. That's when it dawned me: the foam soap just looked like watered down gel soap so that's when I started to just mix my own. I've been doing it for years and years and I know I must have saved us a bundle of money in doing this PLUS, it helps reduce waste just a little bit more.
Here's what you need:
Here's what you need:
- method brand* gel hand wash refill (34 oz)
- 1 empty bottle (about 46 fl oz)
- empty bottle of method brand foaming hand soap pump to fill up
* I LOVE method brand products because they are environmentally friendly and usually just pick them up on my trips to Target. :)
We drink a lot of this juice (V8 Fusion) and I like saving these plastic bottles to use for this as well as watering down juices because I find them to be just way too sweet, which means I get more juice and less sugar per glass. Win-win! :)
- Peel the label off of your bottle and wash it thoroughly in HOT water before using it to store your soap refills. Since it can/will sit for a while between refills, you certainly don't want stuff to start growing in your soap because there was some residual juice/sugars left in it. Yuck! :)
- Label your bottle so your husband isn't like, "What on earth is this stuff anyway and where's the soap refill?!?!" like my husband was when I first started doing this years ago. :)
- Measure out and pour 1 cup (8 oz) of water and mark the outside of the bottle at the water line so you won't have to pull out a measuring glass every time you do this (that can be messy business)!
- Dump the water out or back into your measuring cup to use after you add soap.
- Pour hand gel soap refill into newly marked bottle and fill to marked 1 cup line.
- Fill the rest with water - I use a thin stream of warm water for easier dissolving and minimal foaming. Stop at about 1/3 and 2/3 full to swirl to help the soap dissolve in water.
- Fill to top and give it a couple more gentle swirls/flips up and down to ensure an even mixture. Tada!
* Note that this isn't an exact science, but the solution can't be too thick or too watery for it to foam well. I found that this ratio works well for the method brand pumps. For those of you using different sized bottles, what I did here is about 1 cup (8 oz) hand gel + about 38 oz of water. I'm sure a little more or a little less of soap and/or water would still work fine. If you're working with 4 bottles at once, it's fine to just divide the bag of soap evenly among the 4 bottles (ie 8.5 oz soap per bottle).
Ok, let's just do some quick math to see how much we can actually get out of 1 34oz bag refill of hand gel soap (ooooh, I get to put my electrical engineering degree to work here - haha!):
1 (34 oz) refill of gel hand soap = 4 (46 oz) bottles of foam soap
1 (46 oz) bottle of foam soap = 4.6 (10 oz) foaming hand soap pumps
1 (34 oz) refill of hand gel soap = about 18 (10 oz) bottles of foaming hand soap pumps!
Just checked online at Target:
1 (28 oz) refill foaming hand soap (method brand) is $3.99 and would refill roughly 3 pumps
1 (34 oz) refill hand gel soap (method brand) is $3.99 and would refill about 18 pumps!!!
WOW! I just saved $20!! as well as packaging on 5 refills! :)
This is what I did tonight, while writing up this post. I have 4 bottles ready to go: 1 for each bathroom and kitchen. And just so you know, I also keep a few extra foaming hand pumps under each sink to refill once the last one gets emptied. Saves me a little time in the long run. I also do this for baby soap because, once again, I love the foaming action vs. thick gel.
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