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Saving Money on Body Soap

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Body soaps and washes can be quite pricey to buy. This is a guide about saving money on body soap.
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By 13 found this helpful
June 10, 2011

If you have hard water (or not), shower with White Rain Shampoo. It's the cheapest and best lathering shampoo I know of. They have so many great fragrances to choose from. Feel really great after this, wash hair and body, at the same time. Saves money and time!

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By Dorothy from New Creek, WV

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By 12 found this helpful
April 19, 2010

Last night I didn't have a bar of soap in the house. So what was I to do at 11 pm? I have several bottles of shampoos that I don't like to use on my hair. I buy the ones with conditioner, like Pantene with moisture renewal, it makes my hair oily.

I put a generous amount on my washcloth and wah lah I had a soap and conditioner at the same time. I felt so clean and squeaky. Best of all, I didn't need to put lotion on my body after drying off.

I will never buy bar soap to shower with. The pump works so much better. You don't have the slimy soap in the shower soap dish. It's lots cleaner, no dropping the soap. Try it ladies, you'll be glad you did.

By annbabs from New Waverly, TX

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February 15, 2010

I save money and clutter by using my shampoo and cream rinse on my whole body! When you lather use the shampoo on your hair, some of the suds to clean your body. Same with the hair conditioner, take some and smooth on your body and it will feel smooth and silky.

Be sure to rinse shampoo and conditioner off completely. I have been doing this for years. It also eliminates having all the extra bottle sitting around and it saves money on body wash and other products. It really works!

By dwedenoja from New Creek, WV

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By 5 found this helpful
September 2, 2011

Save the soap, people! Don't buy another bar of soap or container of liquid soap. I have found that the cheapest WalMart brand hair shampoo and conditioner combination work well.

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This is what I have experienced: While taking a shower, I start off using the shampoo/conditioner on my hair first. Then I rinse it off and rewash, only I don't rinse it out. I just continue with the shower and my loofah all soaped up with the shampoo. Rinse off top to bottom. You're soft and clean.

By Judy T. from AZ

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By 0 found this helpful
October 4, 2010

Does anyone know an easy way to get every last drop of body wash from the containers? My son uses the kind for hair and body and he can use one container in no time. I was just in bathroom and he had about a dozen empty ones in the trash and I could see that there was a little left in all the containers. As much of this stuff he uses it can get expensive.

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By Betty

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October 4, 20100 found this helpful

With shampoo, dish soap, liquid soap, I mix a little water in them and just use them up that way (1/8 to 1/4 cup depending on the thickness of the soap), shake around. With ketchup, mustard and such, I put them upside down and leave a while and they will drain to the cap. If the cap is too small to stand on it's own, they do make plastic or metal things that will hold one bottle up above another (draining ketchup into a new ketchup bottle for instance). They can be purchased at Bed, Bath, Beyond, etc. Or you can put the bottle upside down in a glass and then just keep it upside down while you use it and until you use it up (put bottle and glass back into the refrigerator). I firmly believe in draining bottles completely. I have gotten upwards of 5 to 10 extra shampoos out of the remains of a bottle of shampoo! I do the same with liquid laundry soap, etc. I drain it all, believe me!

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October 4, 20100 found this helpful

Oh another thing, if your son is going through the stuff that fast, you might consider watering it down in the 1st place. My sister complained that my nephew (who is autistic) used a ton of liquid hand soap and she felt he was wasting it for the most part. I suggested she water it a down to make it go further. It doesn't seem to make much difference at all (probably don't water down anti-bacterial, though, that might mess up the formula).

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October 4, 20100 found this helpful

I'd take several of those empty bottles of body wash out of the trash. When you buy new ones, pour half into an empty bottle and then add warm water. You will get 2 bottles for the price of one and I doubt if your son will notice. To get all the shampoo or body wash out, add a little warm water and swish the bottle around. You can use it as intended or use it to wash clothes. I do hand washables with this or I even use it in the washer added to laundry detergent.

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October 4, 20100 found this helpful

A No. 1 hair cut will cut down on the amount of shampoo he uses. ;) But seriously, just adding a bit of water to the bottle gets the last drops out.

As *thriftyvicki* suggested, just get the previous empty and half fill it, then top up with water. I've read years ago, people use too much soap and shampoo anyway. Storing the bottles cap down helps a lot as well.

These days, I can get away with a small blob of shampoo the size of my little finger-nail. Rubbing the shampoo over the palms of your hands first, then rubbing it into your hair makes it go much further.

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October 5, 20100 found this helpful

My son used to go through a ton of shampoo too. Then I realized he just didn't realize how much he was using. Now I buy the kind in a pump bottle and tell him how many pumps to use. If your son doesn't like the kind in a pump bottle, you could just pour it into a different bottle that has a pump. Kids sometimes don't realize that less is better.

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October 5, 20100 found this helpful

For shampoo I would consider getting a shampoo bar to have him use; no plastic, no last "drops" or any remaining. Works fantastic! www.jrliggett.com. And for the body wash, I would google "make it yourself" and I'm sure you can easily do that, using glycerin or castile soaps; etc. Just an idea. It would save money and save all the plastic going into the landfills! Myself, I would be more concerned over the amount of chemicals going into his body.

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October 6, 20100 found this helpful

Hi, Betty. I would start by gathering all the containers & letting them sit for a bit, cap side down in the kitchen sink. Then using a funnel in one bottle sit each bottle on top for 20 -30 mins, just let gravity do the work. You will be surprised just how much is clinging to the inside of bottle. After all bottles have been dripped dry add a few tablespoons of water to each bottle & give a good shake. Now, let that drip into the upright bottle. Don't be surprised if you end up with 3/4 of a bottle. I know it sounds time consuming but, just let them drip while you are doing other things. You will not be sorry.

I bought one of these bottle to bottle funnels just for this purpose.

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Hope this helps.

God Bless

Trish in CT

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October 6, 20100 found this helpful

Just add water to the bottle while in the shower (hold hand under water and squeeze bottle, then release bottle to let the water get in). Shake it around, that usually works for me.

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November 24, 20040 found this helpful

Tips for saving money on shower gel and body wash. Post your ideas.

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November 24, 20040 found this helpful

To save money on shower gel, I just use plain ol' suave shampoo... it lathers good, smells good, and costs as little as 89 cents a bottle on sale! :)

By aeromama

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By guest (Guest Post)
April 4, 20050 found this helpful

I don't know about anyone else but I get a ton of bath and beauty products for xmas( they last me all year) also I have found very exepnsive products at tag sales during the summer... for as little as .25. !

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July 22, 20050 found this helpful

What does everyone do with the remaining bits of the bar of soap? I cant see throwing them away but I have accumulated so many of them!!

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 4, 20070 found this helpful

cut into small flakes, add 3 cup water, zap in micro wave to melt ...pour into foaming hand soap dispenser..viola....practically free..foaming hand soap.............................

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 4, 20070 found this helpful

cut into small flakes, add 3 cup water, zap in micro wave to melt ...pour into foaming hand soap dispenser..viola....practically free..foaming hand soap.............................

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May 4, 20110 found this helpful

My sweet daughter gives me an expensive gift on Mother's Day. It is rose scented shower gel, lotion, and usually a small tube of some produt the company wants me to buy. I emptied my lotion bottle and had a regular bottle of lotion on the sink. The expensive bottle still had that wonderful frangrance so I emptied the regular lotion into it. Now, I have more of the wonderful smelling lotion. I also emptied a compatible smelling shower gel into the expensive gel and it also smells like roses. Two for the price of one!

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