I have a MONEY-SAVING secret!

...and I'm going to share it with YOU!
(remember this post?)

Have you been to Bath and Body Works lately? It's their Hello, Yellow SALE! Which means there's going to be tons on sale... and head straight for the SOAP! I even found one lonely Christmas soap at the bottom of the barrel for $1.25! YAHOO!! I'm a little bit of a soap freak! 

 Well, here's my secret...
When you get home from Bath and Body Works, empty half of each bottle (of course, you will want to use the same scent of soaps)  into another container.

I was just throwing out a bleach bottle, so I washed it out and used it for my hand soap solution.

Then, fill the bottle up to the line with water.

Make sure to leave enough room at the top of the bottle
 to shake so the water and soap will mix.

 Put your lid on and shake. You may have to rinse a few of them, but what could be better to rinse off than SOAP! Add a cute label to your hand soap refill container! My favorite thing about using a bleach container, is that it's childproof. So, if your child does happen to get a hold of this, they won't think it's kool-aid!

So, you are probably thinking that this won't be as efficient for cleaning your hands as a full bottle of soap would be. Let me just say... I'm a little bit of a hand washing geek (hence the amount of soap bottles I buy) and I've been doing this same method for a couple of years now. It really works! ;) It still smells good, does the trick of cleaning the germs, it's less harsh on your hands when it's diluted, and it will cost you half of what you normally spend!

Soap Sale= $3.33 each
Marni's Method= $1.66 each
Soap Secret= priceless!

*FYI -this method only works on
 the FOAM hand soap


Samantha said...

Great soap secret. I'm going to start doing this asap :)



Jennifer said...

Why did I not think of this sooner!

Usually after using half the soap I add good old water, but adding it at the BEGINNING saves so much more!!! 50% more to be exact! Genius darling! genius!

I will start doing this now =)

Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

Kelli @ RTSM said...

I need to do this! I love the foaming soap, but we go through it so quickly! Thanks for sharing!

Stef said...

Great Idea! I love money saving tips ;)

Becky said...


Mommydom with MS said...

Does it still foam up as nice?

Anonymous said...

Great idea! I do something similar. I refill the foaming soap bottles with awesome smelling liquid castile soap and fill the rest with water. Cheap and effective!

Lou said...


ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

Great idea!! I found some $1.25 non-Christmas foam soaps so I'm going to try this!!! Thanks!


Jacqueline said...

I don't know if you watch the office but the first thing I thought of was the episode when Pam got really upset and Dwight for diluting the soap in the bathroom. Glad to know it still cleans the hands. Thanks

Doreen said...

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The Duckworth Family said...

I do this even with the regular soap...not the creamy lotiony looking ones, but the regular clear antibacterial. It's more runny, but the amount of soap it pumps out in one pump is WAY too much and my kids don't understand the concept of pumping only half way. So I dilute half with water. It does make it more runny and it often spills over their hands, but for the most part it's saved me lots of money!

Shannon said...

You are SO stinkin cute!! Love the idea. We go through a ton of soap. Shannon @ lovingcouponsandmore.blogpot.com

Sassy Sites! said...

yes, it still foams up just like the regular soap. You just have to be careful not to add too much water, or else it will be runny. Half and half works perfect! :)

Jennifer Dawn said...

So simple yet so brilliant.

April said...

That is such a great idea! I have three little ones so I am constantly washing my hands and no matter how much lotion I use they seem to stay dry. I will definately be trying this! I hope you'll link this idea up to my Sew Crafty Saturday Party. ~April


April said...

Thanks for coming link up!

Lowbudget said...

Excellent Idea! I have been making my own hand soap to refill soap containers. I really does save money and it is still soapy and cleans your hands. I am all about the frugal tips. Keep them coming.

April said...

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MyCuriousCrafts said...

What a great tip. ~Shen

TaraD'Lain said...

Just like Shelly said, the only thing that matters is the pump. I used to work at this particular retailer.Once your foam pump bottles are empty, fill them half way with any kind of regular hand soap add water mix and there ya go foaming hand soap. I love being a cheap-o frugalista!