Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Genius Discovery

For years, I have loved the Bath & Body Works Foaming Hand Soap. I love the scents it comes in.  I love the way to foams up so washing kid hands is easy. I love the way it makes my hands feel when I wash them.

I try to be frugal though so I always bought them in bulk when B&BW was running a sale. So, maybe twice a year I'd spend $30 on soap and that was that.

But this latest round of illness with Scot has finally convinced me that we need to lay off the anti-bacterial agents in this house, if only for the sake of Scot's health. It's a small change but maybe it'll make a bit of difference.  Also, I'm running out of the B&BW soap so it was time to either restock or change.

Did you know that finding foaming hand soap that does not contain triclosan (the active ingredient in antic-bac soaps and Purell) is nigh impossible? They don't make them!  Cue the sad panda face from me. Instead, I found a couple containers of Softsoap brand hand soap that were acceptable scents and resigned myself to my kids using way too much soap and spending more money.

In frustration, I tweeted about it.

Seconds later, a twitter friend who goes by TwinmamaTeb tweeted back that I could make my own.

Wait. What? I already make my own laundry soap, how could I have missed out on this foaming hand soap thing? But she assured me that I could. Just fill the foaming dispenser with water and add a few pumps of any old soap you wanted and VOILA! Foaming hand soap on the cheap!

I had to try it out.

I just ran out of soap in the kitchen this morning so I dug the dispenser out of the recycling and thoroughly washed and rinsed it, ridding it of the last vestiges of the soap that I'd run out of.  Then, I filled it with warm water and added 10 pumps of the Softsoap I'd bought this morning.  I put the lid on and swished it around to mix it then gave it a pump and BAM! Foaming hand soap. Works like a charm.

The small bottle of Softsoap I bought is going to last for AGES doing it this way and save a TON of money in the process.  I think I just cut back my soap expenditures to around $6.00 a year but we'll see how long it goes.  And! And! It's plain old soap with no triclosan!

Try it! You won't be disappointed!

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