Saturday, August 3, 2013

Hand soap money saver

I understand big business, really I do. Maybe that's why I think the whole 'foaming hand soap' thing is utterly brilliant. Have you bought one of those soaps? Shake the bottle a little. It's almost all water in there. The foaming mechanism is in the bottle top....there's not some special ingredient in the soap! It's just really watered down, regular hand soap. Plus kids love using this stuff! It shoots out like the 'whipped cream of hand soap'. Pure awesomeness, right?


This stuff can be expensive though. Add that to the fact that a moms most uttered phrase is probably "wash your hands" and you can spend a good deal of $$ on something that gets rinsed right down the drain. 

Most of us have tried getting the kids to use less hand soap. Watering it down a little is good. Water it down too much though and the kids just use 2 pumps instead of 1 and we're still wasting money. I started refilling the foaming soap containers and found out you can save a ton of cash by reusing these bad boys! It's super easy: fill a foaming soap container 3/4 full of water and add about 5 pumps of hand soap. Shake well and your good to go. It works with the expensive stuff, it works with the grocery store stuff too (Dial). You still get the scent, your hands get clean and it's loads cheaper!

Now since I attached a picture up there, you'll see that I went to Bath & Body Works for my soap. You'll also see that the same scent has 2 different label designs...why? you ask: because 1 is from last years after Christmas sale and 1 is from this years sale. I'm cheap folks, I don't pay full price for this stuff even though I love it! I sign up for their emails and wait for the sale. Combine the 20% off coupon from the email with the sale (might have to do it online...look for a free shipping code too!) and I get these for under $1. I love peppermint anything and my daughter has an obsession with their gingerbread scent, so we stocked up and should be good till next year.

I've found that I can re-use the same bottle for a few months before it eventually gives out and I need to replace it. Think of all the money you can save in that time! 

~L

4 comments:

  1. I started doing the same thing a while back. I love the soaps from the Bath and Body Shop & always wait for their sales, but it's also nice to make those sale purchases go even further. I've also been checking at JoAnn's any time I'm in there. They have liquid gel soaps for $1 and I dilute those & put them in one of my recycled pump bottles.

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    1. JoAnns has soaps? Oh, awesome! I'll look next time I'm there!


      ~L

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  2. I love their soaps too. I will only buy them at 75% off though. I will try your tip when my bottles are empty. Thanks!

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    1. They are pricy. I always catch the sales too, I stock up when they're that cheap!

      ~L

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