One of the great side benefits of making more of your own stuff is that you’ll usually save money too. Some of the homemade strategies may seem like only little changes at first, but over time they can all add up and become regular ways to help the budget.
One of the little strategies we’ve had in place for several years now is stretching our liquid dish soap so that it lasts almost five or six times longer than before. How do we do this?
We discovered you can make your own foaming dish soap simply by combining a little bit of dish soap with water. I’ve been using this strategy faithfully ever since I first gave it a try. I LOVE my homemade foaming dish soap!
A few weeks ago when I was shopping a saw a price comparison that got me thinking about this whole concept of homemade foaming dish soap again. Let’s take a closer look.
Saving Money On Dish Soap
On my recent trip to the grocery store I bought a 24 oz bottle of Dawn dish soap on sale for $2.59. Just a little farther down the shelf I noticed that the 10 oz Dawn foaming dish soap was also on sale for the same price – $2.59!
Of course we’re going to look at that and think, hmmmm, 24 ounces vs. 10 ounces both selling for $2.59. I choose the non-foaming 24 ounces please!
And that’s the smart money saving choice – But here’s something else to consider.
How does your household wash dishes? Do most of the dishes go right into the dishwasher after a quick rinse? Do you just hand wash a few things like pots and pans with a squirt of liquid dish soap on a sponge? That’s how it often goes at our house. Is that how it goes in your house too?
If so, then using your own homemade foaming dish soap is a good cost alternative.
What we’ve done is traded a squirt of full strength liquid soap on a sponge for dish washing, for a squirt of watered down liquid soap from a foaming dispenser on a sponge. BUT, this works just fine because if you think about it, anytime you wash dishes in a sink full of water with a squirt of soap, you’ve got watered down soap! You still get a very nice amount of soapy bubbles with this homemade foaming dish soap strategy too.
And frankly I think that’s what the manufacturer is selling you in the foaming bottle for $2.59 – watered down soap!
So either way you save with this strategy. If you’re a person who likes the foaming pump soaps, you can save the bottle and refill it yourself at least five or six more times from a 24 oz bottle of dish soap with your homemade version. This brings your cost down to about 45 cents per batch. AND if you’re using a less expensive dish soap (maybe from the dollar store or a great bargain that you’ve found) you can bring the cost down even more. Maybe even for just pennies!
If you’re a person that’s always squirting straight liquid dish soap on a sponge for hand dish washing, switching to refilling a foaming dispenser will also greatly decrease the rate at which you use up your dish soap. You’ll find that a 24 oz bottle of Dawn dish soap, for instance, lasts much longer – probably for a year. Truly!
If it takes you a couple months to use up a batch of your homemade foaming dish soap, and you can get about six batches out of your 24 oz bottle of Dawn, then you’ve got enough dish soap for 12 months. Yup, you made your dish soap last for a whole year.
When I got out my handy dandy calculator, I came up with savings of over 80% !
Sound good? Here’s how to do it if you’d like to get started:
How To Make Your Own Foaming Dish Soap Refills
To make your own foaming dish soap refills, you’ll need to start with a foaming soap dispenser. I think an easy way to get started is to buy the Dawn Foaming Soap and then just keep recycling the bottle when it needs to be refilled.
When it’s time to refill the dispenser, you’ll want to use about 1 part dish soap to about 5 parts water. I put about 1/4 cup of dish soap in the bottom of the dispenser. If you’re just eyeballing it (which I always do), it’s about 3/4 of an inch. Then you can fill the dispenser the rest of the way with water up to the fill line at the top. This will be about 1-1/4 cups of water. There needs to be a little head space at the top of the container for inserting the top back in and screwing it on.
Once the top is screwed back on, gently tip the container back and forth to combine the ingredients.
I’ve found I can refill these dispensers many, many times but I have had the pump dispensers break on me after a few years of use and then I have to buy another new Dawn Foaming Soap. One other mildly annoying thing I’ve noticed is that as time goes by, the top doesn’t screw on “straight” anymore. If you screw the top on nice and tight, the pump will kind of be pointing off on an angle.
But none of those small issues are deal breakers for me and this continues to be a money saving strategy I like to use. If you like to use a foaming dish soap by your sink, I think you’ll like this strategy too. It’s a great way to just stretch a bottle of dish soap and a great way to just make your own foaming soap refills.
How To Make Your Own Foaming Dish Soap Refills
- 1/4 cup Dish Soap
- 1-1/4 cups Water
- Foaming Soap Dispenser
- Place about 1/4 cup of dish soap in the bottom of a foaming soap dispenser.
- Slowly add 1-1/4 cups of water. Make sure you leave a little head space at the top of the container. If you are repurposing a Dawn Foaming Dish Soap bottle, add water up to the fill line at the top of the bottle.
- Screw the top back on the bottle and gently tip it back and forth to combine the ingredients.