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Most people know about the thrifty tip of using foaming soap dispensers for hand soap, but did you know you can also use them for dish soap and body wash and save even more money?
When I figured this out it was one of those slap your forehead moments for me. My eldest son does most of the hand wash dishes now, and he goes through a 25 oz bottle of dish soap roughly every 10 days. Any tips I find that might slow down his dish soap consumption I have got to try.
So when I was grocery shopping and saw 4 foaming soap dispensers on clearance I decided to purchase them and try out foaming soap for more than just hand soap. ( here is a set of 3 inexpensive ones available on Amazon )
By the time I got home however my brain was racing with ideas of how to apply this frugal principle to as many types of soap as possible.
Update:I have since tried it on facial wash and body wash with success and shampoo which was a flop (it did not seem to clean as well).
How to use foaming soap dispensers
The dish soap bottle that I put into action as soon as I got it 2 weeks ago, has not yet needed a refill.
I filled it according to the bottles instructions 1/3 cup soap and 1/3 cup water.
I estimate that since my seventh generation dish soap bottle is 25 fl oz and a 1/3 cup is roughly 2.5 ounces, I will get 10 refills out of my seventh generation dish soap bottle. If each refill last me 2 weeks the bottle will now last me 140 days instead of 10.
Using the price for a bottle of Seventh Generation dish soap of $ 3.06, I did the math on my potential soap savings.
The dish soap use to last me about 10 days tops, meaning it was .31 cents a day for dish soap. Now that same soap will last me at least 140 days making our families daily cost for dish soap .02 cents. That’s a savings if .29 cents a day, $2.03 a week, $8.12 a month and $97.44 over a course of a year.
I know that there are cheaper brands of dish soap, however our family lately has been reducing both the chemicals we put in our mouths and the chemicals that we use on our skin, so Seventh Generation is the cheapest dish soap, that I have found in our local stores, that meets our families ingredient requirements.
How about you? Have you ever taking a money saving tip and stretched it beyond its original boundaries?