Saturday, October 6, 2012

Saturday Short Subjects: DIY Foaming Hand Soap

Do you like the convenience of foaming hand soap but not the sticker price? Here is an easy DIY for a green product that will also save you some green.

We had found a perfectly acceptable foaming hand soap – Whole Foods 365 Unscented.  We particularly liked the neatness and the portion control. The only problem we had with it was the price. When the bottle was empty, my husband tried an experiment. 

We have long been big fans of Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soap, which is highly rated as a product friendly to both humans and the environment. Check out what GoodGuide has to say. Certified Organic, Certified Fair Trade, 100% Vegetarian, and, in my experience, a frequent sale item! It is available in many sizes and formulas, scented and unscented. The larger the bottle, the cheaper the unit price. 

Dr. Bronner’s is meant to be diluted. We use the ratio of 6 oz of Dr. Bronner’s to 24 oz of water. My husband mixed up a batch and filled the empty bottle with it. He then discovered that his simple brew foamed just as well as the store-bought brand. A little mechanism in the pump makes the foam, not the soap’s ingredients.

We have discovered refillable bottles with the foaming pump online, but only in large quantities. So, if you want to give this a try, the easiest thing to do would be to purchase a ready-made product, use it up, and then experiment with your own recipe. FYI the pump on the original Whole Foods bottle has lasted a long time.  

Have a great weekend.

Why Saturday Short Subjects? Some readers may recall  being dropped at the movie theater for the Saturday matinee — two action-packed feature films with a series of short subjects (cartoons or short movies, sometimes a serial cliffhanger) sandwiched in between. Often the short subjects were the most memorable, and enjoyable, part of the morning. That explains the name. The reason behind these particular posts is that we are all short on time. My Short Subject posts should not take me as long to write or you as long to read (or try).

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