Tip Tuesday: DIY Foam Hand Soap

I’m a fan of Bath & Body Works foam soap (actually I’m a fan of all of their products), but recently my Peach Bellini soap ran out and I knew it would be awhile before I replenished my stock. But I’d read on Pinterest (no surprise there) that with just two ingredients, one of which being water I could make my own foam soap.

I did my research and through trial and error came up with one I liked. It was simple and required very little effort on my part. I’ve read where people used body wash and shampoo, but I chose something different.

Literally it’s Dawn dish soap. I used Hand Rewewal with Olay, mostly because the regular Dawn is a little too drying. Dawn is known for cutting the grease and although I want my hands clean, I don’t want to strip the natural oils from my skin. The other reason I wanted to use dish soap is because it’s thin.

This is the dish soap I used to make foam hand soap. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

This is the dish soap I used to make my DIY foam hand soap.
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I wash my hands a lot and so I wanted something that would be moisturizing as well. I used the soap dispenser I already had. I filled it a little less than half way with warm tap water and about 2 tablespoons of soap.

I reused a Bath and Body Works foam soap dispenser. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

I reused a Bath & Body Works foam soap dispenser.
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The reason it creates foam is not the soap, but the pump. The pump injects air and a small amount of soap simultaneously creating a foam. You don’t even have to shake or mix the water and soap, but I gave my a gentle swish.

The finished product using only water and dish soap. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

The finished product using only water and dish soap.
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If you try this tip let me know or if you try a different soap, shower gel or other cleansing agent please share via instagram or twitter or comment below.

 

 

Road Trip: Snack Edition

As a child we always were in the car headed to the beach, the mountains to visit my uncle or what’s now known as a staycation. When I was growing up it was “we-don’t-have-much-money-so-our-out-of-town-trip-just-became-in-town.”

At any rate, no matter how far we traveled my mother always had snack bags and car activities to keep our attention more focused on fun and less focused on how far we really were from our destination.

When my sister had her two girls she always had a snack bag for them as well. In fact, our family still packs snack bags, no matter how far we plan to travel whether 2 hours or 12 hours by car or airplane.

Here are some great road trip snack ideas.

Fruit is always an easy, healthy snack to take on a road trip.

Bite sized is always the right size. Give little fingers something they can handle and make the snacks fun sized.

Airplane travel will only allow you to take 3.4 oz or 100 ml so keep it small and take the guess work out by using tiny reusable snack containers. I bought mine from the Dollar Tree.

We like dried fruit and green pea crisps that come from ALDI (Walmart has a flavored version).

Our baby girl also loves the Gerber banana flavored puff snacks. Come to think of it she likes banana flavored anything.

Below is a non-traditional snack — cucumber sandwiches and a road trip favorite — trail mix.

Here is a recipe for a quick delicious cucumber sandwich. Pack in a container on ice and they'll maintain their crispness. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Here is a recipe for a quick delicious cucumber sandwich. Pack in a container on ice and they’ll maintain their crispness.
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An easy trail mix with nuts, cheerios, chocolate chips and dried cranberries. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

An easy trail mix with nuts, cheerios, chocolate chips and dried cranberries.
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If you try either of these recipes or have road trip snack ideas of your own that you’d like to share let me know via instagram or twitter or comment below.