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The following Everyday Savings Tip comes from, Sarah of Making Cooley Stuff:

I have learned a few tricks to keeping my family clean for next to nothing.  First of all, bar soap and body wash are two items that you can often get for free or almost free using a coupon.  Liquid hand soap is something that is rather expensive, there are rarely coupons for it, and even when there are, it still isn't all that cheap.  Well, I have figured out a way to NEVER have to buy liquid hand soap.

First of all, liquid hand soap and body wash are pretty much the same thing.  If you have a lot of body wash that you got free or dirt cheap after sale and coupon, why not use some of it in your soap dispenser?

Secondly, you can easily turn bar soap into liquid soap.  Then you can use that liquid soap in your soap dispenser on your sink for washing hands, or you can use it in your shower as body wash.  Here's what you do:

  • Using a large cheese grater, grate one bar of soap into a large stock pot.
  • Add 10 cups of water and heat until the soap flakes are dissolved.  You can add 1 tablespoon of liquid glycerin if desired.
  • Let it cool for an hour or so.  This makes just enough to fill up one of the 64-oz soap refill containers.
  • Use a funnel and pour the mixture into the soap refill container (or a recycled milk jug if you don't have one).  It will take awhile to coagulate, about 24-36 hours.

So, you can get your free/cheap bar soap, free/cheap body wash, and make your own free/cheap liquid hand soap…which means you can get away with spending little to nothing cleaning your family!  I also make my own washcloths using recycled grocery bags, which also costs nothing.


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Clean Your Family for Next to Nothing

Clean Your Family for Next to Nothing

  • Author: Savings Lifestyle: Andrea

Instructions

  1. Using a large cheese grater, grate one bar of soap into a large stock pot.
  2. Add 10 cups of water and heat until the soap flakes are dissolved.  You can add 1 tablespoon of liquid glycerin if desired.
  3. Let it cool for an hour or so.  This makes just enough to fill up one of the 64-oz soap refill containers.
  4. Use a funnel and pour the mixture into the soap refill container (or a recycled milk jug if you don't have one).  It will take awhile to coagulate, about 24-36 hours.

About Andrea Deckard

Andrea Deckard is a personal finance expert and speaker. She lives by the following motto, "save on what you need so you can spend on what you want." She started Savings Lifestyle in 2008, and long-time readers remember the site as Mommy Snacks. Andrea is a go-to resource on frugal living for local news outlets such as WDTN, WGRR, and Cincinnati.com as well as national outlets like Good Morning America. She has also been featured in multiple national publications.

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