In the past year or so, we’ve begun teaching the kids to manage basic hygiene habits themselves. Of those tasks, hand washing is of the utmost importance. However, my crew found the squirting of hand soap to be a highly entertaining task and they often got carried away with squirting. Much to my dismay, the counter tops were often covered in a slimy soap film and we ran though hand soap quickly. Hand washing with quads became not only messy but also expensive. My friend and quad mama, Krista, suggested switching from regular soap to foaming soap. It was a great suggestion indeed. A single pump of foaming hand soap fills little hands and discourages multiple pumps. Foaming soap also doesn’t drip or create the slime like regular soap. The only problem was that with four sets of grubby hands, we still used it rather quickly and it wasn’t cheap. I knew there had to be a better option; behold I found it on BrenDid.
After your store bought foaming hand soap container is empty, you can refill it on the cheap in two steps with two simple ingredients.
- Fill your soap container with eight ounces of water (I used tap water, but if you won’t use it quickly, distilled water is best)
- Add one ounce of liquid Castile soap (I used lavender scented, which was $7 at Walmart in the cosmetic section) then shake the bottle to blend both ingredients
Our DIY soap foams as well as the store bought version, smells great, and cleans hands as effectively. DIY for the win! For additional information about why this DIY version of foaming hand soap is not only easy and inexpensive, but also a better for you version, pop by BrenDid for details. She has lots of great information about the chemical aspect of commercially produced soap.