Today's money-saving tip is all about foaming hand soap. If you have kids of just about any age, you know they have absolutely no concept of how much is too much. And using a pump-type handsoap can drive you crazy when you see how often they use WAY TOO MUCH. Not to mention that even if you do your own refills, it will still cost you mega $$ for all that soap. But I still prefer the pump soaps to regular bar soap, because it is STILL less messy, and I think most moms out there know exactly how fast a single bar can disappear into a sink full of milky-looking water.
So when I found the foaming hand soaps, I fell in love. Two or three pumps of foam looks impressive, but will not spread far enough to coat more than half the bathroom counter. And even when they miss most of the rinsing part of washing their hands, there is not enough left for more than one sticky/slimy door handle.
But, you say, isn't foaming hand soap mega $$ too, in the long run?
This is where the gift part comes in - refilling those containers. But they DON'T SELL refills for foaming hand soap. A major marketing failure on the part of the soap companies. Because when you buy the large refill containers for regular liquid hand soap, you get 10 times as many refills and save mega major $$$.
You still occasionally have to buy the original foam soap pumps. You will need at least 2 or 3 times as many jars as you use at any time to keep refills available, and the pumps eventually wear out (it is a little annoying when the pump does not spring back up). I keep about 8 extras in the hall closet to be switched out when one in the bathroom runs dry, and then I do a round of refills when the last full one gets grabbed. (As long as someone remembers to tell me they have grabbed the last full one!)