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Saving Money on Hand Soap

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With numerous bathrooms or large families, hand soap can be expensive. Although it is a necessity, there are ways you can save money on it. This is a guide about saving money on hand soap.


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By 14 found this helpful
January 6, 2011

To make liquid soap and hand sanitizer go further, I tightly wrap a rubber band around the neck of the pump so the pump doesn't go all the way down. This helps control the amount being used per pump.

By Trina from Monterey, TN

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By 1 found this helpful
November 11, 2016

I have an alternative to replace pricey hand wash pumps. I use value supermarket brands of shampoo instead! I buy the cheap shampoos from the supermarket. Store branded hand wash start at about £1 a bottle.


To begin with I was buying 500g Asda value shampoo for 30p until I saw in Tesco that they have a litre bottle of value shampoo for just 40p.

I refilled an old pump dispenser with the shampoo and added a few drops of Tea Tree oil for its antibacterial qualities. A shake and a stir and then it's good to go! I use this to wash my hands so I have a pump by each sink in my home.

On one photograph you can see how much of the shampoo was used to fill up the pump dispenser. My bottle (that was part of a Xmas present) is a standard 300g. So my 40 pence shampoo bottle will refill the bottle well over three times!

I also use the shampoo to hand-wash my special jumpers and on occasion, to wash my smalls.


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November 13, 20162 found this helpful
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I bought one bottle of the foaming type of hand soap, and since it was emptied, have filled it with 1/3 hand soap, shampoo, even bubble bath, and 2/3 hot water. Shake well before each use, and you have foam soap. The foaming soap works well, and one refill bottle lasts a lot longer.

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By 7 found this helpful
June 1, 2011

I just love some of the Body Shop liquid hand soaps, but find that they are so strong scented, very thick and creamy, and too expensive to waste. I found even one pump put too much soap into my hand. I felt like I was wasting a lot, and it isn't cheap, especially if you have kids that don't worry about waste.


I went to the dollar store and bought a bottle of similar scented body wash (or non-scented) and thinned it out using a half and half solution. It cut my consumption of the Body Shop soap in half and the wonderful scent wasn't lost at all. I also find that the solution is much better for pumping out and washing hands without wasting.

By Ann from Goulais River, Ontario

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By 8 found this helpful
January 6, 2011

To make liquid soap and hand sanitizer go further, I tightly wrap a rubber band around the neck of the pump so the pump doesn't go all the way down. This helps control the amount being used per pump.

By Trina from Monterey, TN

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By 7 found this helpful
April 4, 2011

Here is how I save money on soap. I do not have a brand loyalty, so when I see soap at rummage sales and garage sales, I buy it, often at 10-25 cents a bar. Often it is something fancy from a gift set. I have not paid full price for years.


When my soap bars get small, I save them in a paper cup. When I have a good amount of these scraps, I grate them and add just enough water to make the crumbs stick together in a clay-like consistency then I form it into bars by hand. I let it dry a bit, for a week or so, before using. It lasts a long time. Use these for everyday hand-washing and bathing and save some of the designer soap for when you have company.

By kemperjl from Gilbertsville, NY

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August 7, 2007

Several years ago after getting a dog I noticed how much liquid hand soap I was using. It was getting really expensive so I knew I would have to think of some frugal way to have an easy way to wash my hands many times a day.


One day, while shopping at my local discount market, I noticed how inexpensive large bottles of liquid bath soap was; it was much cheaper than the small bottles of handsoap. I thought I would see how it was for washing hands and it is great!

My only problem was that the plastic 'straw' inside the pump was quite thick and I used more than I needed each time I pumped the soap. Well, to solve this problem I simple took a regular drinking straw and cut it the length of the container and placed it inside the one that came with the container. Now, I get less soap coming out each time I pump the liquid out and it has become even more economical. Hope this will help all of you 'frugal' gals!

By Lisa from Thessaloniki, Greece

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By 2 found this helpful
February 23, 2012

I have small children who usually use more soap than they need. I think that foaming soap dispensers help to reduce the soap consumption. I've found that the Bath and Body Works brand foaming handsoap dispensers work well for reuse.

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By 2 found this helpful
February 6, 2012

My husband likes to use "body wash" liquid soap. When he is finished with a bottle of it, I drain it overnight into a small pump bottle and use that for my hand soap by the sink in my bathroom.

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By 3 found this helpful
June 30, 2014

Look for any liquid soap that is inexpensive to use as a refill to your hand soap dispensers. I've found liquid bubble bath and shampoos that are much cheaper per ounce than the prepackaged liquid soap refills.

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By 5 found this helpful
June 28, 2012

In this economy, I am reworking all the closets in my home and trying to organize and be more frugal. Using my cord ties to bind up long computer cords etc., I came across an idea that actually works in my bathroom.

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January 8, 2013

Before using a bar of soap, open wrapper and let your bar of soap dry out for a week or so. This really makes it last much longer.

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May 15, 2008

Did you know that you can multipurpose many bath and body products? For instance, I like to purchase scented bubble bath at the dollar store and use that for my hand soap. It's not only cheaper than hand soap but, and here is what I like, it comes in so many more scent choices.

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March 14, 20081 found this helpful

Using Dial soap, I drop the one almost used-up into the shower while I bathe, along with the brand new bar. Once they are softened, the used-up bar fits nicely into the indentation on the new bar.

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By 2 found this helpful
August 2, 2011

Even an old 'used' scented soap looks inviting at a party when you shave it with a cheese slicer or veggie peeler then place it a nice bowl. How pretty!

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By 1 found this helpful
April 23, 2012

Often, there is a little bit left at the bottom of a liquid soap dispenser where the manual pump cannot reach. In order to get to this soap, just fill the container about 1/3rd full with water and slowly agitate the bottle to dilute the remaining soap into the water.

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March 31, 2008

Buy the 8-bar package of soap, remove individual bar wrappings and place bars in an open (mesh if available) container and let set for a minimum of 30 days. You won't have a shower that looks like a 'bubble bath'...

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September 10, 20130 found this helpful

To keep perfectly good soap slivers from washing down the drain, simply reuse them. This guide is about making liquid soap from the remnants of soap bars.

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March 28, 20130 found this helpful

This is a guide about stretching liquid hand soap. Stretching the liquid hand soap you use is one way to cut household expenses.

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April 4, 20110 found this helpful

Tips for saving money on hand soap. Post your ideas below!

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Tips for saving money on hand soap. Post your ideas below!


Saving Money on Hand Soap

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 last longer.

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 between uses.

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.


By Memixer

Saving Money on Hand Soap

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.

Saving Money on Hand Soap

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)

By Tawnda

Hand Soap Mix

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

Less expensive hand soap

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 well!


By Geraldine

Make Your Own Liquid Soap

Make Your Own Liquid Soap

  • 1 bar (3.5 oz.) soap with moisturizing cream
  • 3 cups water

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.


By Lori

Saving Money on Hand Soap

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.



By Jo

Saving Money on Hand Soap

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 time. (07/21/2004)

By chickybiker

Get the Soap Fragrances You Like for Less

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 like.

By sshep

Saving Money on Hand Soap

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 decor! (08/22/2004)

By Tori

Refilling Hand Soap Dispenser

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 and scents!

By Liza from Ontario, CA

Saving Money on Hand Soap

I use the Alberto VO5 in fragrances when they are on sale, buy one get one free and use a coupon!

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)

By Syd

Saving Money on Hand Soap

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.


By Michelle

Saving Money on Hand Soap

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 the environment.



By Jo Bodey

Saving Money on Hand Soap

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)

By brizaksmommy

Refilling Softsoap

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!


By Vicki

Saving Money on Hand Soap

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.

Shampoo Leftovers

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.


By April

Bits of Soap

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.


By Jamie

Saving Money on Hand Soap

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)

By melody_yesterday

RE: Saving Money on Hand Soap

Saving on Bar Soap

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.


By TArdis

Soap Slivers

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.


By Christy

Saving Money on Hand Soap

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.


By Ziggee

Bacterial and Saving Money on Hand Soap

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 "Happy Birthday To You's" . Happy Trails:) (06/26/2007)

By Tim

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