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Subject: Saving on Hand Soap
Date Posted: 1/19/2009 1:35 AM ET
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Ok so many of us have squandered away endless amounts of money on things as simple as hand soap.  Bath and Body Works has these great hand soap dispensers that dispense foamy soap instead of just pure soap.  A friend of mine figured out that once the bottle is empty, to refill it just use one part hand soap to 5 parts water.  You get a great soft foam for cleaning hands and your soap will last 6 times as long. 

Date Posted: 1/19/2009 2:15 AM ET
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I just did this yesterday!

Date Posted: 1/19/2009 2:19 AM ET
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Awesome!  I also got an extra one and fixed it up with dish soap.  Hubby always uses way too much so I let him pump it out of the foamy thing and then he can use as much as he wants and he's still using less than he normally would.  Not only that, a little pump of foamy dishsoap is awesome for those hard to clean pans!

Date Posted: 1/19/2009 10:57 PM ET
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I love this.  I really like the foam because it is less messy & just nicer to use.  I was really irritated when I couldn't get refills for the foaming dispensers--then a friend told me about using normal soap & water.

The only problem I have is some soap won't stay mixed with the water & separates.  It doesn't bother me much, but it bothers DH quite a bit.  We all have our quirks but it's always a debate about buying refills or buying new dispensers with foaming soap already in them that doesn't separate.  So far, I've gotten my way.

Date Posted: 1/21/2009 4:04 PM ET
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We've even gone as far as doing this with shampoo.

We get the kids the scented Suave shampoo and they waste a WHOLE lot less shampoo now. 

 

Gonna work on doing this with dishsoap next because I have seen them for dishes -- just need to figure out the recipe that works.

Date Posted: 1/21/2009 4:08 PM ET
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The only problem I have is some soap won't stay mixed with the water & separates.  Add a couple of marbles to the bottle and shake.

Date Posted: 1/21/2009 7:17 PM ET
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My problem is that after refilling them, they don't pump properly. You push the pump down but it won't spring back up. I thought I just got a defective bottle but it happens all the time.

Anyone else have this problem?

Date Posted: 1/22/2009 2:28 PM ET
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Char: Yes, I do, but I hadn't fully registered it was happening on multiple pumps.  Hmmm.....

L.P.: Will that make it stay mixed?  I can make it mix just by shaking the bottle, but it separates between hand washes, then it has to be shaken up again, which is the problem.

Date Posted: 1/23/2009 9:25 PM ET
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I used the Pampered Chef suds pumps for years, but had to replace them every year.  Apparently they were aware of a problem because they started doing two pumps and a bottle the last time I looked at ordering them. Who actually holds on to the order sheet and the original package to return them?

I noticed some soaps are now in the foaming pumps.  I got some Dial ones for $1.57 each and went to Sams club and got a huge container of their brand of soap for $6 or so.  They are at least 6 months old and still working.

I put 1/4 inch of their soap in the bottom, fill the rest of the bottle with hot water and shake it up.   The first few pumps come out pretty thick but for the most part we usually don't have to shake them up again. 

Date Posted: 1/26/2009 11:46 PM ET
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I use my old empty pump to pour out 1/5 of the liquid  from a new one. Then I add water and it pumps like new.

I f I did not have an ole pump, I would pour off most of the new one into a clean bottle.

Date Posted: 1/29/2009 9:16 PM ET
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I use the slivers of bath soap when they get too small to use in the shower.  I break them up and put them in an old hand soap bottle, fill it with water and shake.  The soap dissolves in the water and makes a liquid soap.  So I don't even have to buy the hand soap at all.

ETA: When I put the soap slivers in, I add about half a teaspoon of rubbing alcohol.



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Date Posted: 1/29/2009 10:14 PM ET
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I have this great little pattern for crocheted soap bags so I use those to put the slivers of soap in.  Then it's like they have a built in scrubby thingie and youcan use all the soap until it's gone :)

Date Posted: 2/2/2009 3:07 PM ET
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Victoria - I use the slivers of bath soap when they get too small to use in the shower.  I break them up and put them in an old hand soap bottle, fill it with water and shake.  The soap dissolves in the water and makes a liquid soap.  So I don't even have to buy the hand soap at all.

I do this too!  Only problem is DH gets annoyed because occasionally the pump will get clogged with dried soap.  So we actually have two dispensers, one with soap bits/water and one with liquid Dial soap that I keep watering down when he's not looking!  haha...

Date Posted: 2/3/2009 12:37 PM ET
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I've only noticed the pump failing with the foam dispenser kind, which I love. :(

I'm guessing the sping is rusting inside or something??

I'l still use them and just manually push/pull them.

 

Date Posted: 2/4/2009 4:23 PM ET
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Now these are great ideas I never thought of. With kids I definitely prefer the foaming soap. Thanks for the money saving idea.