It’s your lucky day! Today’s article is a two for one DIY tutorial! Not only am I going to show you how to make your own Foaming Hand Soap but also how to make a Mason Jar Soap Dispenser for your DIY Foam Soap!
The reason for this post is because it recently dawned on me – no pun intended – that not everyone might know how simple and inexpensive it is to make your own foam soap. Also did you know that the same trick to make your own foam soap can also be used to save money with your normal hand soap dispenser?
I learned this trick from my mom, more so I grew up with my mom doing this for all of the hand soap dispensers in our house as a way to save money – even before foaming hand soap was a thing! Yep my mom is pretty cool!
What you’ll need:
Generic Hand Soap
Foam Soap Dispenser (DIY Mason Jar Soap Dispenser tutorial below)
I buy my hand soap in large quantities and keep it under our kitchen sink for quick refills. At Sam’s Club you can buy a pack of two 80 oz hand soap containers for $6.98. The trick to making your own soap is to fill your dispenser with 1 part water and 1 part soap, seal the lid on tightly, and shake until combined. This means that every cup of DIY Foam Soap costs approximately $0.18 (excluding tax from the above price). Yep that’s right, I can still do fourth grade math!
Now of course if you don’t like the 1 to 1 ratio you could always do a 2 to 1 or 1 to 2 ratio to make the foam soap thicker or thinner – but I personally prefer the 1:1 ratio. If you don’t have all foam soap dispensers in your home you can still save money by mixing soap and water together. I find this is a great money saver since children and especially adults have a tendency to dispense way too much soap when washing their hands.
Now I’ll show you how to make the Mason Jar Soap Dispenser!
What you’ll need:
The top half of a Foam Soap Dispenser
Mason Jar with Lid
First, clean and dry the mason jar and dispenser lid. Next, form the dispenser lid.
To do this take the flat round mason jar lid and create a hole in the center for your dispenser to fit into.
My trick for doing this is to first wet the area on my dispenser that needs to fit into the lid and then sticking it through a hole in a piece of paper so that I can get an idea of how large the hole needs to be. I then place the paper with the water ring on the lid and make a few holes with my nail and hammer to get the shape.
Then I remove the paper and continue to make holes around the perimeter of where the dispenser will sit. Sometimes when it becomes too hard to hammer the nail into the lid between two holes that are really close together I will flip the lid over and it will be easier. I also use the back of the hammer to pull out the center.
Once the hole is the right size and the dispenser can easily fit into the lid add some E-6000 Glue to the edges of the dispenser and slip it through the lid. Keep a firm hand on the lid and dispenser for a few minutes while the glue sets then let it continue to dry while you paint the mason jar.
I placed my mason jar upside down on some newspapers and gave it a few light coats then after it had completely dried I flipped it over and gave it a few extra coats to ensure that I had painted the mason jar thoroughly. PS I also followed the instructions written on my spray paint.
Once the glue is dried on your lid place the dispenser in a jar you don’t care about and the ring on the newspapers and give them a few coats of spray paint.
After all of the parts are dry add your foaming hand soap, attach the lid, and give it a good shake!
This is the second Mason Jar Soap Dispenser I have made. The first one disappeared during our move. The first time I made this we were living in an apartment and I had no way to use spray paint so I was inventive and used the leftover paint that we had used for our walls. I loved it but I definitely wouldn’t recommend using a thick paint for your Mason Jar Soap Dispenser. Plus spray paint is just so quick and easy!
I’d love to see your DIY Mason Jar Soap Dispenser! Show off your DIY masterpiece on Instagram with the hashtag #DomesticallyBlissful