What Soap Do You Put in a Foaming Soap Dispenser?

Last updated on October 9, 2023

The liquid soap that goes into a foaming soap dispenser is thinner. Otherwise, it is the same soap. So, you can make it too.

While most soap dispenser brands sell their foaming soap refills, they usually come with a higher price tag. However, you can use any liquid soap or detergent to refill the container.

How to Make Your Own Foaming Soap


It’s easy enough if you have a good recipe for hand soap or body wash that already contains lye. If not, don’t worry – we’ll show you exactly what ingredients you will need to create your own homemade foaming soap.

Step by step Instructions:

  1. Measure out 1 cup of warm tap water. This is going to be our base solution.
  2. Add 3/4 teaspoon of baking soda.
  3. Mix well with spoon until all the powder has dissolved.
  4. Now add about 10 drops of essential oil of choice. We used lavender because it smells amazing but feel free to use whatever scent appeals to you most.
  5. Pour mixture into container of choice. For this tutorial, we chose a glass jar.
  6. Place lid on top and shake vigorously.
  7. Let sit overnight before testing.
  8. Test by dipping fingers into the mixture. If there’s no residue left after rubbing off excess moisture, then congratulations! You’ve made your first batch of homemade foaming hand soap.
  9. Store in airtight containers away from sunlight.

How to Turn Regular Soap Into Foaming Soap

You can make your own foaming soap by adding baking soda and vinegar to any type of soap. You should mix them together before pouring the mixture into a container that has been placed on top of a stove burner. Make sure there are no flames near where you pour the solution as this could cause damage to your home. Once poured onto the surface, leave the mixture for about 10 minutes until bubbles form. Then remove from the stove and let cool completely.

Refill a Foaming Hand Soap Dispenser with Regular Liquid Hand Soap

If you have a regular hand soap dispenser with a pump mechanism, then all you need to refill this dispenser with another type of soap is just one bottle of liquid soap. You may use either dishwashing liquid or laundry detergent for refilling purposes. 

Here are the steps to fill a foaming dispenser with regular liquid soap:

  1. Take the lid and pump off the dispenser.
  2. Pour an inch of liquid soap on the bottom of the container.
  3. Fill the rest of it with water.
  4. Put the pump back and and cover the lid.

Because foaming soap is the same liquid soap only with much higher water content, you can use any soap or detergent to refill.


How to make soap without using any chemicals?

You don’t need any chemical ingredients to create your very own handmade soaps at home. All that you require are natural and organic materials such as coconut oil, olive oil, palm kernel oil, castor oil, lye, glycerin, essential oils, etc.

Can I mix different kinds of soap together?

Yes, you can combine several types of soap together. For example, you could add baking soda to your hand soap to get a cleaner-smelling product. However, be careful because mixing too much of anything might cause unwanted side effects.

Is there a way to prevent mold growth in my soap dispensers?

Yes, there are ways to keep your soap dispensers clean and free from mold. Here are some simple steps which you can follow to avoid mold growth in your soap dispensers.
1) Keep your soap dispensers away from direct sunlight.
2) Clean them regularly with warm water and mild soap solution.
3) Avoid storing soap dispensers in damp places like bathrooms.
4) If possible, store soap dispensers in dry areas.
5) Use airtight containers whenever possible.

How long does it take to dissolve soap?

It depends upon what kind of soap you choose to use. Some soaps take a longer time to dissolve compared to others. Also, the temperature plays a major role in determining how fast the soap dissolves. The higher the temperature, the faster the soap dissolves. On the other hand, lower temperatures slow down the process.

What happens if you put foaming soap in a regular dispenser?

Foam will not work well when placed in a regular soap dispenser. This is due to the fact that foam needs an open space to expand and an air injector to create foam. In most cases, these are only available in special soap dispensers.


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