Can you turn liquid soap into foaming soap?

Like me, you probably love foaming soap and tried to make your own. So now you are looking if it’s possible to turn liquid soap into foaming. Well, look no further! This blog will explain everything there is to know with a special ingredient (or two).

Liquid soap can be turned into a foaming soap by using 3/4 of the way full warm water, a spoon of liquid dish (or hand) soap, and a specialized foaming soap dispenser. You can customize the recipe by adding all-natural soap that is scented or unscented, colored or uncolored, or even melting a bar of soap down as the base.

Ever since we switched to foaming soap, we have not looked back. The only problem was that foaming soap might be too expensive for a large family. This is why making your own foaming soap is the perfect solution. But is this method possible, cheaper, and what do I use to make my own soap? 

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Turn your liquid soap into foam and save cash.

What Makes Foaming Soap Foam? 

Foaming soap is actually a diluted form of liquid soap injected with air. So technically, you could say it’s still liquid soap but with air.

You probably noticed that foaming soap tends to lather a lot. Did you also know that it lathers even without lathering agents? 

The way it works is that foaming dispensers add air in when you push down on a pump, and this causes bubbles or foam inside the bottle. You can see these two chambers where one holds in all of the liquid while pressure builds up until there’s enough force through an attached tube for some out into your hand. 

Some hand foaming soaps are designed for use without refilling, and others are permanent dispensers such as those in public restrooms and businesses which are refilled regularly.

Why would you want to make foaming soap?

There are numerous reasons why you would want to make foaming soap. We have mentioned one or two up to now, but there are more benefits than you think, such as:

Less soap is better. 

Most people think the more soap they use, the better they’ll be able to clean their hands. But, the reality is that you can clean your hands with much less. A small amount of foaming soap is all that’s necessary, and it provides enough surfactant to remove dirt and germs from your hands. All the cleansing work really comes down to rubbing the foam around your hand then rinsing them out well.

Great for parents with young kids

Another advantage is that foaming soap makes cleanups easier. Kids do not make only a lot of mess, but they often use too much soap, but you don’t have to worry about the cleanup with liquid dispensers because there won’t be one. And the best part, you also reduce how often you need to buy new packages and can save money too.

Environmentally friendly

A study showed that people using foaming soap use much less water compared to regular soap. Researchers suggest that because you only need a small amount of the foam, it’s easier and more convenient for users to wash their hands with minimal rinsing required afterward. 

With less soap used per handwashing session, you’ll have fewer clogged drains and won’t need as many harsh chemicals to unclog your drains. As all soap that is used ends up in the environment, using foaming soap helps decrease polluted waterways.

Hence, they end up saving additional time as well, which is especially helpful in today’s busy world! In addition, reducing how often we have to lather our hands again by washing them too many times reduces unnecessary amounts of water. So in a way (less evident, that is), you are also conserving water which is also helping the environment. 

Lastly, since we use much less soap altogether and get much more wash turns from one package, it would logically also reduce the amount of package transportation, which also helps the environment. 

So, if you are looking for a sustainable, environmentally friendly product and convenient to use in your daily life, foaming hand soap (or even better, DIY foaming hand soap) may be the way to go.


So by now, you probably noticed that I mentioned a few times that using foaming soap means using much less soap. Obviously, one of the biggest advantages to this is that you’d need to buy much less soap, in the long run, making this very cost-effective. 

Start making your own foaming soap, and you won’t need to buy soap for a long time. 

Is foaming soap just watered-down soap?

Rich lathering foaming soaps are made from diluted liquid soap that’s infused with air using a special pump. This makes them less wasteful because you’re only getting out what you put in – there won’t be any extra or leftover suds when compared to regular bars of bar soap.

Is watered-down soap effective?

Diluted soap (such as foaming soap) is as effective as regular soap. You do not need a lot of soap to wash your hands, and foaming provides enough surfactant to remove dirt and germs. It actually comes down to how well you rub the soap and rinse them out. 

Can you turn liquid soap into foaming soap?

The short answer is yes! The long answer is. You won’t believe how easy it is once you know how it’s done. All of these things are available on Amazon (and other places), so there will be no need for any special trips anywhere else just to get them. 

Once you know what ingredients go into making this stuff, then all that’s left is mixing everything together, and voila – instant foaming soap! No more spending money on something we could easily make ourselves with a few simple steps. Let’s learn how now…

How do you make foaming soap thicker?

In case you need your foaming soap, you can do that by using the following ingredients: Saltwater solution, Mixing container, Soap base. Start by pouring down your soap base into the container, use a small amount of saltwater, and mix everything steadily.

Buy ready-made hand soap to refill your dispenser.

If you don’t have the time or wish to try out new fragrances without having to make it yourself, you can always buy ready-made handsoap especially made for soap dispensers. In fact, buying several different fragrances is the perfect way to see if it’s something for you. The next time, you can just make it yourself.

Why is my foam soap watery?

Foaming soap gets too watery when your liquid soap is too diluted. If your liquid soap is too concentrated, you’ll have difficulties pressing the pump. It’s crucial to dilute the soap to the right amount.

Can you use a regular soap dispenser for foaming soap?

Regular soap does not work as it’s too thick for a foaming dispenser. Water will help to thin out its viscosity and make it more suitable for this process. But this does not give the guarantee that it will. 

Do you need a special pump for foaming soap?

Foaming soap requires specialized dispensers that have chambers where one holds the soap while another pumps in the air when you press down on them. Without these special chambers, soap cannot foam. 

How do you make foaming soap out of liquid soap?

  1. Fill the soap dispenser with warm water (about ¾). You could use cold water, but soap gets mixed much better with warm water.
  2. Add a tablespoon of liquid hand soap; you can add a little more, but be careful as it may be too concentrated and too thick. Now fasten the top and shake as much as you can so the soap and water get mixed.
  3. Then all is left to do is pump the dispenser a few times till you get foaming soap, and voila!

If you’re looking to customize this recipe for your needs and preferences, there are many options. You can choose antibacterial or all-natural soap that is scented or unscented, colored or clear in color, and even melt a bar of soap down as the base!

Note: If you read somewhere to use olive oil to make a moisturizing soap, I wouldn’t recommend it as it tends to not only not mix well but also might even break the pump. If you wish to have a moisturized soap, you could use liquid soap with Vitamine E. 

How long does foaming soap last?

Foaming soap can go up to 1-2 months when used. Make sure not to shake the mixture too much, or you might end up with excess soap. Storing commercial foaming soap should last up to 2 two years, give or take. If you store commercial foaming soap with an airtight lid, it should last up to two years or more. Homemade soap should be used within the same year of purchase as they are mostly made out of natural ingredients, which tend to go rancid or moldy much faster. 

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