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!