DIY Foaming Dish Soap Trick!

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Here’s a great tip from frugal friend Tammy…

“I bought a Dawn Direct Foam pump for my dish washing soap a long time ago.  Now I just purchase regular dish soap with my coupons and sales (usually free), and then refill it!   Just fill the direct foam bottle 1/3 of the way with soap then the other 2/3 with water.  Then, stir it very gently so you don’t make bubbles in the bottle.  It seriously stretches the life of my dish soap!!”

Now… I put this to the test, and absolutely love it!  I added about 6 tbsp. of dish soap to my bottle, then filled it to the top with water!  {similar to making Homemade Foaming Hand Soap}!

Give it a try ~ it’s a simple way to save $$ on dish soap!

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37 Responses to DIY Foaming Dish Soap Trick!

  1. Beth says:

    This also works with hand soap

    • Yvonne says:

      You can also do this w/the foaming hand soap from Bath N Body. Fill ithe bottle about 1/3 or slightly less w/any type of handsoap & then almost to the top w/water. Mix gently & ta-da! Cheap…really cheap foaming hand soap!

  2. Alicia says:

    I have been doing this for a long time and it does stretch the life of the dish soap. I have a bottle just like the Dawn Direct Foam bottle, and I usually fill up around or less than half an inch of soap, and the rest is water. It is so cheap and frugal.

  3. Kerry says:

    Thanks for this super tip! :) Our dishwasher broke, which was a blessing because our energy bill is WAY less. Since it broke I’ve been trying to make my dish soap stretch by adding water to it…..but this is some serious stretching! :) Super excited to give it a try!

  4. ashley says:

    thanks for posting this…i just bought one of the pumps because i saw on a blog where you can paint it with plastic paint and put a monogram on it..i knew you could not put full strenght soap but did not know how i should mix it… YAY!

  5. Allie says:

    That is awesome! I just bought reg soap because I couldnt find the direct foam…now I dont need to! :)

  6. Melia says:

    I have a pump, that my husband got for free for buying another cleaning product, that he used a coupon for as well… I am now going to stop using my open soap so I can use the pump up, and than use this frugal tip. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Amy says:

    I discovered that a while ago myself. It is amazing isn’t it! My kids use it to wash their hands with.

  8. shari says:

    i bought a bottle and it says that you can’t use anything except the dawn direct foam, because it won’t sudz, or whatever…. has anyone had problems? it seems like they’re just trying to keep people buying their stuff.

    • Diane S says:

      That’s exactly why they say that. They want you to buy THEIR refills.

      • mel G says:

        yeah, except very few store stock the refills. I live in Seattle, the known universe of recyclers and re-users, and I haven’t been able to find the refills. I’m not a ‘granola cruncher’, but even I find it wasteful to buy those small pump bottles every time…and expensive. yes, I can order online but that’s an added expense there and wasteful, again, in packaging and delivery.

        • Judy E says:

          WalMart has the Dawn pump refills. They’re right next to the regular Dawn here in our stores. For yrs I’ve been buying the refills–it will fill the pump about 2 1/2 times. I always end up buying a new pump after that however, because the pump bottle–even with washing–starts to look pretty ratty. I’m trying this suggestion today. Hoping for great results. Thanks for the tips, y’all! 👍

  9. Christine says:

    I used to spend all that money on the pre-made foaming soap but this has proved to be just as good for a FRACTION of the price. I mixed 6tbsp. of cheap Sun soap and let warm water go in real slow down the inside of the bottle. I stirred it really slow a few times with a skewer stick to ensure there were no bubbles forming on the inside. Put the lid on & pumped it and voila worked perfectly! Thanks for the perfect ratio of soap to water!

  10. Helena Killins says:

    Try adding the WATER first, then the soap..

  11. Denise says:

    Ugh! All that wasted money I’ve been spending! And I could be saving doing this! Thank you soooooo much!

  12. Judy D says:

    After reading tips and getting excited, I decided to clean my foaming bottle(Pampered Chef). After soaking in hot water and plunging several times, clear water was coming out of spout. The spout broke in my hands. A new foaming bottle is now on my list to get things!

    • Michelle Adler says:

      I had the exact same problem with the Pampered Chef foaming soap container. Ended up throwing it away. Now I use the Dawn Direct Foam and refill it with cheap dish detergent. There is a learning curve to get the ratio correct. Thanks for the tips on refilling the Dawn Direct Foam bottle. I always figured you could by other brands to refill it!

  13. Wifeylife says:

    Using the “foamy soap” approach also works really well with shampoo and body wash for the kids. It is way easier to rub foam in their hair and rinse. With regular shampoo, I either didn’t have enough and would struggle to get it to suds up in their fine hair without pulling or I’d have way too much and it would take cup after cup to rinse it and they don’t want to sit still for that long. (about an 1/8 full of the soap and rest water is what I usually do)

  14. Wifeylife says:

    Another great thing about the foamy dish soap is for cleaning things you can’t immerse. I shoot some on my griddle, quesadilla maker, foreman etc. as soon as I am done cooking. If the food is really cooked on, I put a wet paper towel or cloth over the foamed soap and leave sit while we eat. After the meal, most things will wipe right off. Rinse with a clean cloth and put it away!

    • Mauri says:

      Thanks for that comment. I have really fine hair & have the same problem you have with the kids. Either not enough or WAY to much. I definitely try the shampoo trick also.

  15. Sandy Naylor says:

    You can do this with shampoo, too! I usually dilute mine 1/2 shampoo 1/2 water. :)

  16. Stacey says:

    I’ve been doing this for a long time with dishsoap & reusing my Bath & Body Works foaming pumps. I put the water in first then the soap, that way you don’t get the bubbles.

    • Marta says:

      Thank you for mentioning the B & B foam soap bottles! After the last cleaning, my dawn bottle will no longer go back together properly and I was about to get a new one. With the way the spout is angled, it doesn’t fit well on my sink, though. The B & B bottles fit perfectly.

  17. Mary says:

    Hi Heidi – I don’t know how I missed your Homemade Foaming Hand Soap Post! I added a link to your Chic & Crafty Party showing the same thing…then saw your post, so I just removed my link. I have to say, this is my FAVORITE trick. I go through so much hand soap in my kitchen – this is one of the biggest $ savers. I’m going to have to try the scent you have above :) Thanks for always posting great tips and $ saving ideas!

  18. Donna says:

    Found your wonderful idea and I am hooked on it now.
    I did add a few drops of perfume and it smells great!

  19. Cindy says:

    I just tried an empty foaming handwash dispenser like you would buy at the grocery store. Works fine!

  20. Lori Taylor says:

    I’m so glad I found this post. I ran out of foaming dish soap and haven’t been able to find any at the store. Now I dont have to worry about it. Thanks

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