Today I have a simple household tip to share, inspired by husband's complaint that the new soap I'd put in the kitchen wasn't lathering enough. I'm not sure if he's become accustomed to the foaming soaps that I'd picked up at Bath & Bodyworks, or if the dispenser for the soaps I'd grabbed at Bed Bath & Beyond ($1/each on clearance) just sucked. Seeing as we still had the foaming soap dispenser, the answer was actually very easy!
Pouring regular soap into the foaming soap dispenser on it's own won't work because the soap is too thick and will clog the dispenser. All you need to do, however, is add water. We put in a mixture of 1 part soap to 4 parts water, then gently mixed it together. At first it wasn't mixed enough so the dispenser didn't want to foam properly, but I figured it was just because the soap was still somewhat settled at the bottom and was too thick. We tipped the bottle back and forth a few times to mix it up again, and it was soon working perfectly.
$0.20 vs. $3 for a container of soap. When the other foaming soaps in the house run out, I think we'll continue to use this refill method. Definitely a worthwhile savings!