I don't know what happens around your sink, but at my house, when the kids wash their hands with conventional liquid soap, we end up with a sloppy, gloppy mess on the countertop. And so I discovered foam soap pumps. No more sloppy, gloppy mess!
But foam soap pumps are more expensive than the regular old liquid soaps. And at my grocery store haunts, the foam pump refills are practically an endangered species. What to do? Refill that pump. (Now mind, some pumps aren't designed to unscrew open to refill. If you can't get the top off, it's not you. The soap company just wants you to buy another bottle.)
Open up the empty foam soap pump.
Fill up the pump about 2/3 of the way with water. Fill up the rest of the way with a liquid soap - either from a liquid soap pump or from one of those refills. Put the pump top back in. Gently shake to combine soap and water. (You may need to do this a few times. If the soap separates out from the water and sinks to the bottom, it's back to the sloppy, gloppy side of things.)
Now pat yourself on the back for being so thrifty!
Submitted by Gretchen Grant Contributed on: and modified on Tuesday June 3rd, 2008