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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Foam Soap for under $4 a year!

Here is one of the ways I save money. Instead of buying a new bottle of foam soap when we run out, I refill them. 

I first started doing this with a pampered chef bottle that was made for this. It had two lines on it showing where to fill with soap and water. I didn't particularly like it because the pump would get stuck in the down position. So I tried it with another bottle I had and it works even better. 
To start with you need a bottle that dispenses foam soap. 

 I got this one from my mom for Christmas. Once it's empty it's time to refill it.

I use this soap from Walmart. As of this week the price is $3.88.

It comes in a new bottle - it just shows you how long it's been since I've bought any. There are 3-4 different scents to choose from.

You can also buy a whole gallon at Sam's Club for $9.98. Softsoap - Aloe Vera Moisturizing Hand Soap Refill - 1 Gallon - Body (Google Affiliate Ad)    That would last my family several years!



Next fill the bottle approximately one inch full with soap.


Then fill to the top with hot water.


Then shake well.


Hot water is important because it helps to dissolve the soap so it will mix better. If you don't mix it well enough the first few pumps will be quite soapy instead of foamy. Just shake it again and it should be fine.


I have one bottle in the bathroom and one in the kitchen. Since you only have to use such a small amount for each refill, that big bottle of soap lasts us well over a year. I also like it because I don't feel like I have to monitor usage. You know how kids are - either they try to skip the soap step, or they use six or seven squirts. Since it costs so little, I don't mind if they waste some - at least they're getting clean.


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37 comments:

  1. Thanks. My mum has one of those fancy bottles and while I love the idea of foam soap, I wasn't willing to pay for one of those fancy bottles myself. I picked up a bottle of foam soap for the kids at the local $2 shop (so it has a cutesy label) and will be trying your recipe when the bottle is empty.

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  2. Found you on the happy go lucky mingle party and glad I did....you've got a wonderful blog! I'm your newest follower! I'd love for you to come and visit my blog!

    Marilyn
    4you-withlove.blogspot.com

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  3. This is such a great idea! I help to run another blog called the Hosanna Hill Project and we have a Frugal Tip Tuesday post each week. I was wondering if you'd let me share this/guest post for next Tuesday!?

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  4. I've been doing is for a few years now... my face wash comes in a clear/green pump bottle, so when I empty one I remove the sticker and then I have another foam pump for elsewhere in the house... I also use it with shower gel.

    I also love that there is less mess than a pump when the kids use it!

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  5. Wow! I had no idea you could do that! What a great idea! I'll have to try it when my foamy soap runs out. Thanks for sharing at our Shine on Fridays party!

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  6. This is great. I will do this to reuse the bottles i have once they run out.
    I’d love if you would come link this up at From Scratch Friday!

    ~Christina
    www.marriagefromscratch.blogspot.com

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  7. Great idea. Thanks for sharing it. I just paid way too much for the Method refill. Love the foam, but hated the price.

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  8. I love this and have always wondered if you could use the soaps like that in the foam dispensers. Thanks for sharing. If you would like I would love to have you link it up at my linky party going on now at www.thesweettalkshop.com Smiles!!

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  9. Fantastic! We go through so much soap it starts to get expensive- especially since I like the foam soap from BBW. Thanks for sharing at Manic Monday!

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  10. Thanks for sharing your soap tip at Bacon Time.

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  11. What a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday!

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  12. So smart!! I am going to try this for sure! Thank you for sharing with us at Link It UP Thursday.

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  13. This is a great tip. I do the same thing. I must say though, that on occasion the tiny mesh part in the head gets clogged. I just take off the pumping part and wipe it clean. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. This is an awesome tip, thanks so very much! I found your blog from another site and I love it. I'm new to blogging I hope you'll check mine out, it's not as great as yours.

    madebyniki.blogspot.com

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  15. this is a great tip! i've never heard of this! we have to try this! i love the foaming soap because it makes it easier for little hands to wash! thanks for linking up last week!

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  16. just wanted to let you know that this was my fave post from last week's party! so it'll be featured!

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  17. I had to run home and try this the same day I read it! It worked fabulously. Thank you so much for the tip. My husband loves foam soap, and I didn't want to have to keep buying special bottles of it. :) Very happy I found you!

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  18. Now that is such a good idea. With 5 kids I am constantly filling up.

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  19. I'm making this now! Thank you for the tip!!

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  20. I tried this and the first few pumps worked great! However, the next day the only thing that would come of the pump was water. Did I do something wrong?

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  21. hi very nice blog and very nice information and so cool.. I LOVE this product. I will most definitely buy this again.Now that is such a good idea. With 5 kids I am constantly filling up



    http://www.supplylinedirect.com/janitorial-supplies/hand-care/soap-dispensers/

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  22. Does the soap stop being foamy after you make it? Every time I do this, it ends up watery and never stays foamy. My family doesn't like it since it comes out as water. I follow the directions each time, too.

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    1. Usually the first few squirts are extra soapy for me, but it hasn't been watery. The only thing I can think of is if you have a regular pump soap dispenser - that would make it come out watery. Make sure you have a foam pump dispenser. I hope that helps. If not, I'm at a loss :(

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  23. This is wonderful! I'll have to try it!

    Danielle
    SewMuchCrafting.com

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  24. I have been doing this for the past six months or so with some bottles i bought from walmart. They had a seasonal theme on them, so i left the plastic wrap on thru the season, and simply ripped the plastic label off, and when the store bought soap was gone, i started doing this with the large refill bottles... I had half a large bottle left and had bought another large bottle before i started refilling the foam pump bottles. I haven't broke into the new bottle yet! I still have a fourth of the first bottle left. I have one bathroom pump and one in the kitchen, but with me and three boys in the house and family visiting all the time it still lasts forever! It was definitely worth it to splurge on the foam pump dispensers!

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  25. Thank you so much for sharing this. I have always wanted to do this but never gave it much more than a thought. This is simple and has me motivated. I love how not only will it save us money BUT helps the environment. THANK YOU BUNCHES!! :)

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  26. I used your foam soap tutorial on my blog. I hope you don't mind (I made sure to credit your blog!).
    http://www.kidsbynicole.com/2013/02/i-pinned-this-foam-soap.html

    Thanks!
    Nicole

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  27. i was just wounder if this will work with dish soap

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    1. I bet it would, as long as you have a foam pump dispenser. I'd love to know how it works, let me know if you try it.

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    2. It definitely does. I've been "making my own" for over a year now. Have never had an issue. I love it because I can make my own scents mixing the tropical and fruity ones together! =]

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  28. i just did it for my bathroom. bought a foam dispenser type in hopes this would work. i have a 4 1/2yr old little girl and she loves foam soap...well so do i. tried it, step by step & it works! super happy :) thanks!

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  29. I just now am seeing this post from a link on your homepage. What a great idea! I pinned it :) I'm working on a post about making household items yourself (laundry detergent, etc.) - when I get farther along I may ask you about permission to include this. Thanks for the tip!

    Angie
    http://easylivingmom.com

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  30. pampered chef? pretty sure that bottle came from bath and body works, peach Bellini scent. LOL. pretty awesome post though!

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    1. I originally started doing foam soap with a pampered chef bottle. I didn't like how it worked so I switched to the Bath and Body Works bottle. Just refilled it after I'd used it all.

      Hope you try it and it works for you :)

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  31. I bought just the real cheap dollar store $1 foam soap container- theirs stink, and refilled it with a "pretty soap" and ahhhh I love it!!! Works amazing!!

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