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Bottled Hand-Soap Strategies

Milk more from your hand soap.

If you use the handy bottles of hand soap, don’t throw the old one away when you buy a new one. Split the new with the old and dilute both by half with water. They’ll work the same and last twice as long that way.


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2 Responses to “Bottled Hand-Soap Strategies”

  1. Jenni says:

    You can also reuse the bottle for shampoo, and get a small amount each time. It is a good way for little kids not to use too much, when they are just learning how to wash their own hair. Or maybe put dish detergent in it when you have greasy hands, which is harder to clean, after you have worked on something greasy or oily. Like changing the oil in your car.

  2. Charity says:

    OK, as someone that does formulary I have to disagree with this one. There is a valid reason why… it is a safety issue.

    First of all, the water in formula’s has been filtered and purified and also boiled at above 170 degrees for a period of time to make sure there are no bacteria or fungus living in the water.

    Formula’s for liquid shampoo, lotions, soaps, detergents, etc. all have a preservative in them to keep bacteria and fungus from growing in them. These are added at approx 1.0% – 0.50%. By adding additional water this throws off the preservative system and introduces a lot of bacteria from tap water to the formula.

    Just because you can’t see the bacteria or fungus in a product does not mean that it isn’t there. Some bacterias that can grow in cosmetics are extremely dangerous and can even make you go blind.

    Even though I am all for saving money, this is not the way to do so when compromising your families safety by adding water to a formula.

    If you want to save money dish soap is cheaper than liquid hand soaps per ounce of unit pricing. That is a cheaper alternative to buying new bottles of hand soap. It is also a lot safer than adding water to the formula and throwing off the preservative system.

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