Thursday, October 1, 2009

Thought Provoking Thursday

Thought Provoking Thursday.

Thought Provoking Thursday's goal it to offer a new-ish perspective to saving on necessary items aside from our grocery and household needs. Each week I will bring an idea to the table to share how I personally tackle areas of my own family's spending. I am hopeful that my faithful readers will feel the freedom to offer more advice through comments below each post.

Today's provoking thought is trendy inexpensive dish soap.
About a year ago Dawn brought Dawn Direct Foam dish soap to the market, and have been hooked on this product ever since!

When Direct Foam was first introduced, it was on sale everywhere for $2.50/bottle and there were plenty of $1.50 coupons that allowed me to stock up on this product, and I was happy to spend $1 per pump. But now the $1.50 coupons are scarce and I haven't seen a 'good enough' sale to restock my shelves. Bummer, like I said, this is my dish soap of choice!

So I decided to pick up a small bottle of traditional Dawn dish soap to see if I could recreate the same soapy goodness for a fraction on the price. Couldn't I just water down the full strength soap and have it foam through my now empty pump?
So I gave it a shot! I poured about 1/3 of a small bottles dish soap into my Direct Foam bottle and then I slowly added enough warm water to the fill line. I gently swirled the dish soap and the water together with a knife, and viola!

My concoction was just as effective in cleaning our dishes as the pricier 'straight from the store' variety! I spent $.75 for my small bottle of dawn dish soap after a Walgreen's sale and a coupon, so each refilling of my dish soap costs me $.25... and that is FAR less expensive than $3.89/bottle!
I'm thinking about trying this with a hand soap pump next. I'll keep you posted!

6 comments:

Macomb Money Savers

I've done this successfully with foamer hand soaps, actually, but have never tried it with my Direct Foam (which I'm also addicted to)! I find that taking that last 1/2 inch of soap from the hand soap pump (the part that always gets wasted because the pump straw can't grab it), filling it up halfway with warm water and swishing, then transferring to a foamer pump is a GREAT way to use up that last little bit of hand soap!

I've got my heart set on the cute little pumpkin foamer from Bath and Body Works right now, knowing that I can refill it with any hand soap I choose. :)

Just a note: any of the soaps with small round moisturizing "floaties" in them cannot be made into foaming soap.

Laura Webber

Thanks for the insight! I'm definately doing hand soap next!!!

Megan

Great idea. I love direct foam as well...but have been buying the small bottles since those were on sale. Looks like I might have to bite the bullet to get another direct foam so I use up those little bottles :)

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