Tips for saving money on hand soap. Post your ideas below!
I found a way to keep the soap in the bathroom longer. First I take the bar soap out of
the wrapper and place it in the linen closet to "dry" out a little. That will help it
Then in the shower or other places where you place your bar soap use this technique.
Get one of those smaller sponges that has the scrubby side on one side and sponge on the
other. Place these with the scrubby side face down in your dish or bar soap container.
Keep the bar of soap on the sponge in between uses. This allows the soap to air dry
Also when you want to clean something in the bathroom you can use the sponge and
scrub with. You don't even need to add soap, it's soaked into it the sponge! This helps
soap last a lot longer and also has dual purpose cleaning.
Let me know if this works for you.
I had a plastic dish in the shower that would fill up with water and create soap soup in
the dish. So I just drilled a few holes in the plastic dish and now the soap dries off
in between uses. (06/16/2004)
By Anne H.
There are several companies that you can buy a soap pump from. You add a few drops of
liquid soap and add water and it comes out of the pump as a foam like the new public
restrooms use. Pampered Chef is one of the companies and I am not certain who the
others are. (06/16/2004)
I use an empty handsoap foamer bottle to put 2 parts Palmolive Ultra Aroma Therapy
Lavender and Yllang Ylang liquid dish soap with 1 part water (or more water as
preferred). Shake it to mix well. I use it for handwashing in the bathroom; it's
gentle on the hands, smells great, nobody knows the difference, and it lasts at least 4
to 5 times as long as the pricey stuff! Also, the foamer is more economical than a pump
bottle by far.
By tiny bop
Someone else mentioned that you could get a less expensive antibacterial hand soap by
buying antibacterial dishwashing liquid. I buy Palmolive antibacterial dishwashing
liquid and then add an equal amount of water and gently mix it with a wire whisk. This
gives you twice as much for the low cost of the dishwashing liquid and it works very
Make Your Own Liquid Soap
Makes 3 cups
Shred bar of soap. Place in large bowl. Add water. Microwave at high 5 to 6
minutes, or until soap is dissolved, stirring every 2 minutes. Let stand until cool.
Fill soap dispensers.
The tip re: antibacterial soap/dish soap is a waste of money. Antibacterial products in
the home are unnecessary and dangerous, aiding in the breeding of 'super bugs' with
multi resistances. I work in a hospital and antibacterial soap went out years ago. What
is important is the thoroughness and duration of the handwash, especially after using
the toilet, handling meat, etc. Any cheap soap/detergent, or even shampoo, will do. The
antibacterial thing is a marketing ploy.
If your pump dispenses too much soap in one go, secure a cable tie round the stem part
that plunges into the bottle, thereby stopping it part way and giving out less soap each
I like the antibacterial soap that Bath & Body Works have. I purchased about 20
bottles last year at a cost of $1.74 (including tax) and I dilute them. 1 bottle of
soap to 3 bottles of water which comes to about 43.5 cents a bottle. Once or twice a
year they have a fantastic sale so I stock up. When it next comes around I will only
replace the amount of full bottles to keep my supply at 20 so I have the fragrances I
I discovered a foaming soap dispenser at Wal-mart for slightly less than two dollars.
It is Dial brand Complete Antibacterial Foaming Hand Wash in the 7.5 ounce dispenser.
On the back of the package it says "refill only with Dial Complete Refill. Other liquid
hand soap refills will not work or foam." However, I found this to be untrue as long as
you dilute your brand of liquid soap with water.
The pink liquid inside the bottle appears to be diluted liquid soap, and when I used
that all up, I diluted any brand of liquid soap with water, added it to the bottle, and
it works just like the original Dial soap did.
Since the bottle is clear, I didn't like how my mix looked from the outside since it
kind of separates, so I took some Krylon Fusion spray paint for plastic that I already
had, and sprayed the bottom part of the bottle where the top meets the foaming
mechanism. Now I can't see through the bottle, and it matches my kitchen and bathroom
Next time you need to refill your hand soap dispenser, use inexpensive bubble bath. I
purchase a 32 ounce bottle for about a $1.99 or less. And they come in various colors
I use the Alberto VO5 in fragrances when they are on sale, buy one get one free and use
I use the old dollar store hand soap dispensers and refill with the shampoo mix.
Cheap, cheap, cheap and works great too! (11/20/2004)
I always put an elastic (hair elastics work best) on pump soaps. This allows a smaller
amount of soap to be dispensed which is plenty for hand washing.
The ultimate on saving on hand soap, if your hands aren't 'dirty' or you aren't going to
prepare food then just use water! If my hands are only sticky or just feel like they
need a freshen up I just rub them in water and dry. Better for your skin and better for
By Jo Bodey
I have to use an expensive liquid soap from a health food store due to chemical
sensitivities. I dilute it down by 50-75%. It still works wonderfully without the
expense. I just reuse the old bottles. (12/27/2004)
When I refill the Softsoap, I don't fill the container full. I leave about 2" from the
top and add water and shake well. It is not as thick, but not too runny either. It
makes the soap go further. I tell my family to wash their hands for the 20 seconds so
all the germs wash down the drain!
I take those small pieces of leftover bar soap that usually gets thrown away and I put
them in an old liquid-soap hand dispenser and add water. Viola! No waste and you can't
get any cheaper than that. (01/15/2005)
By Suzanne S.
I always use more conditioner than shampoo so I end up with a small amount of shampoo
left when the conditioner bottle is empty. I keep a pump bottle by the kitchen sink for
washing hands and I just add that dollop of leftover shampoo to it, with a little bit of
water to thin it down a bit. This way I don't have to buy hand soap and don't have to
waste that leftover shampoo.
If you use bar soap and it gets to the point where there's just a teensy little nub
left, instead of throwing it out, add it on to the new bar of soap. You will need to
wet the new bar of soap so that the old soap can stick to it.
Tie small leftover pieces into the leg of an old pantyhose or onion bag and hang on your
yard spigot or the one at your campsite. It's nice to have a bit of soap handy after yard
work sometimes even if the water is cold. (04/21/2005)
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The best way to save on any bar soap is to buy ahead, like a few months worth. Unwrap
all the bars and allow them to dry for at least six to eight weeks. They last so much
longer that way.
I save the slivers of soap, shave them into flakes and mix with warm water. I then store
it in an empty detergent squirt bottle and use to wash my hands at the kitchen sink.
I've had the same liquid soap bottle for five years. I keep refilling it with the store
brand liquid soap and dilute it with water and it lasts me a long time.
You diluters are playing with fire. In microbiology there is a very important technical
specification used when formulating liquid soap. It is called water of activity. This is
a critical specification because if it is too high, bacteria from the environment can
get into the product post production and cause the soap to become a breeding ground for
potentially harmful bacteria.
Imagine if the liquid soap is used in the bathroom. I should ask all you diluters:
Have you ever seen a sort of milky cloudy substance at the bottom of your diluted soap
over time. Yup, that's contamination. Soap is designed by competent professionals
trained in product design and safety. Do not dilute your liquid soap in a bottle and
store it on the counter to be used over time. Simply use 1/2 or less of a squirt of the
undiluted soap to wash with. Chances are that with your diluted soap you are using a
full piston stroke of the pump or more. Anyway, I love to save money, but not at the
expense of potentially creating what could be a very serious health hazard where you are
trying to reduce one (hand washing). By the way, antibacterial soaps are generally
effective in reducing bacteria, but they also dump millions of gallons of antibacterial
chemicals into the environment. The nurse who posted the fact that antibacterial soap is
not used in the hospital is spot on. What actually matters is that you wash for two full
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