Are you ready to save some major money? This is one of the best frugal ideas I have ever come across; you are going to be amazed by how SMART this is. This one bottle of soap has lasted our family ONE YEAR and THREE MONTHS.
I just refilled the soap in our main bathroom and noticed the date I had written on the back. I mark the date on the bottle when it is first used to track how much money we are saving! The date on the bottle was December 7, 2014. 2014!
That bottle has lasted us OVER a year! That’s less than $5.00 a year, or $0.50 a month for hand soap. We only have one bathroom on our main level, so everyone is using this bathroom, including guests. And no, we don’t skip washing our hands after the bathroom or anything like that to save soap. We wash up using this soap regularly and it still lasts us for a very long time.
I did not create this recipe. It is something I came across while searching Pinterest for frugal ideas years ago. I do not claim to have created this and would like to give credit to those who did. That being said, THANK YOU to whoever came up with this genius idea!
Here’s what you will need to start saving money:
A foaming hand soap pump
One bottle of soap
Tablespoon and 1/3 measuring cup
Start by putting 3 tablespoons of soap into the hand soap container. Make sure to “scrape” the measuring spoon to get every last drop of soap! Then add 2/3 cup of warm or hot water. Shake together and viola!
You can see from the picture of my foaming hand pump that there is a line for measuring soap and water. I do not follow them because I think that is way too much soap to add! 3 tablespoons of soap to 2/3 cup water is the PERFECT amount.
To save even more money, buy a foaming hand pump with soap already in it. When the soap is gone, rinse it out and refill using this recipe. These pumps do tend to wear out over time, so I did purchase one for about $10 from a local store.
Here is the cost breakdown without tax. One 32 oz. refill size bottle costs around $3.47 at Wal-Mart. Since the last bottle I bought lasted us about 15 months, it only cost us $0.23 a month to refill our soap. If this size bottle would last you a year, it would cost you about $0.29 a month. Even if it only lasts your family six months, the cost is STILL only $0.59 a month!
An individual bottle of foaming hand soap is about $2.48.
These are huge savings!
Have you ever tried making your own foaming soap? Are you pleased with it as much as I am?