Foaming Hand Soap

I love the foaming hand soap. I don’t recall where I used it first but over the last couple years it has become very popular – we use it exclusively at home (we evening use foaming dish soap when we do dishes in the sink) and we find it in more and more resturants, etc.  I think the soap folks know that people really like the foamy stuff so they charge a premium for it. I just did a search on FreshDirect (which I am sad that I cannot use at our new apartment because we’re too far away) and I found that 7.5 ouces of Dial Antibacterial Liquid Soap is $2.19 while 7.5 ouces of Dial Antibacterial Foaming Hand Wash is $2.99. In the past I have paid the premium for the foaming stuff becase I really do like it better, but I’ll let you in on a secret I learned not long ago…

What makes this foaming soap special is not the soap – it is, I believe, the exact same soap! The difference is the pump’s dispenser. Make a one time purchase of the soap in the foaming soap dispenser and but then when it is empty keep the bottle. For all future purchases buy the less expensive non-foaming variety. What is even better is that you don’t use the entire bottle! Put about 1/8 of the non-foaming liquid in the foaming bottle and then fill the rest of the bottle with water (this is a necessary step – the non-diluted soap is too thick for the foaming dispencer). Give the bottle a little shake and now you have foaming soap. For $2.99 + $2.19, a total of $5.18, you now have nine bottles of foaming soap – that’s about $0.58 a bottle. Just continually refill the foaming bottle with this soap-water mixture until the pump breaks.

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