Here are some of the money saving tricks we use in our house. I hope they might help you. It doesn’t save thousands or anything but I work under the ‘every penny count’ theory so hopefully this might help you too.
We go through a LOT of hand soap. I started making our hand soap a few years ago and have been very happy with the cost savings, not to mention the quality of the product.
First, foaming hand soap is less messy and easier for little hands to use so having foaming hand soap (and body soap for that matter) is best.
We reuse our foaming soap containers for a while and replace occasionally. You can buy a refillable Foaming Soap Dispenser Pump or you can reuse ones you have purchased elsewhere.
Simply rinse out (if you are switching brands or scents), fill 3/4 of the way with distilled water, add one drop of olive oil, add about a Tablespoon of Castile Liquid Soap, and a few drops of essential oils like Lavender or Lemon or thieves (if you wish), and VOILA! hand soap. Easy peasy and natural and scented the way you want it.
I use Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Organic Castile Liquid Soap but you could also use Lavender or Citrus if you don’t want to add the essential oils but give it a scent.
I once found someone that figured that it end up being about 25 cents for an 8 oz bottle of foaming hand soap if you do it this way. I haven’t checked these figures but I would say its certainly WAY less that $2-$7 per 8 ounce that you will pay for hand soap so…cost savings could be pretty good over time.
So for the sake of quick figures let’s say I use 1 foaming hand soap per month (which is or isn’t accurate, not sure), figuring $3/bottle for something acceptable but not all natural, that would be $36/year. If the calculations I saw were right at 25 cents a bottle for all natural I made, that would be about $3/year. So, that’s a yearly cost savings of $2.75/month or $33/year.