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Are you looking for ways to save money? You're not alone! It can be tough to keep up with when you have surprise expenses.  By changing some of our daily habits, my family started to make some of our household items instead of buy them to help use reduce waste, save money, and frankly because it can be more convenient. I added the items on this list bit by bit over the years. Please do not think you have to make everything all at once! Sometimes I don’t have to make more of something because I made a bit too much the first time and we are still going through it (looking at you Must Can All the Jam! bender a few years ago.) Other times, it’s a one and done kind of thing like sewing on a button, and sometimes I buy the item instead of making it (like yogurt) because I’m too busy with other life things to keep up with the supply and demand.   Save this list of money saving ideas to your Pinterest Boards for later! Share it with your friends!  In othe

How to Make Bar Soap Like Liquid Soap the No Mess Way!

The thing I like about using liquid hand soap and body wash is the nice big  lather it creates even though I know soap bubbles do not clean any better or worse than not as foamy bar soap. And let’s face it, when it comes to getting the longest lasting product for the money, bar soap is the way to go because bar soap lasts longer than liquid soap. Bar soap is usually cheaper too.

 But those bubbles though…

I tried one of those how to make liquid soap from bar soap tutorials where you grate a bar of soap and melt it into a pot of boiling water. I didn’t like the soap slime result, which really isn’t liquid soap at all. Melting bar soap in water is actually making soap jelly which may or may not look like snot (mine looked like snot.)

There is also a chance that bacteria may grow in the liquid soap goo because you added a bunch of water (which bacteria loves to paddle around in and bring its friends) without a preservative  – ew.

Fortunately, there is an easy and no mess way to get the nice, rich lather of liquid soap from long lasting and less expensive bar soap and you don’t have to worry about anything nasty growing in it! Did I mention it is easy? Easy I like. Easy is good.  

how to make soap that bubbles with lather foam

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How to Make Bar Soap Like Liquid Soap the Lazy Way!

I have a thing for handmade soaps. My husband is awesome about feeding my addiction by giving me locally made soaps for gift giving holidays and sometimes just because.

 Or maybe just because I stink? Or maybe he stinks? Or maybe he doesn’t want either of us to stink? I’m not sure. I’ll get back to you later on that. 

I stumbled upon how to get deep, rich lather from bar soap hack when I was trying to eek out as many uses as possible to a particular scented bar I couldn’t find to buy again (which is often the case when I buy handcrafted soap at street festivals.) I put the bar of soap in a mesh soap saver bag like this kind and could not believe the amount soap suds I got the next time I showered! (Disclosure: I am including affiliate links in this post for your convenience.) The amount of soap bubbles were just like my favorite body wash and at a much lower price. The soap saver pouch allowed us to use every last bit of that lovely soap. I also didn’t have any tiny soap slivers to deal with – bonus!


 I know some of you folks don't like to use plastic but it worked much better than a crochet bath puff made with cotton yarn.


When the plastic cable tie that held the mesh bag together at the end broke, I replaced it with a cloth and sisal soap bag like this one. I hoped a cloth soap pouch would last longer (although the first one lasted a very long time) and liked that I can wash it in the washing machine between uses (I put it in a mesh lingerie bag like this one so it wouldn’t go to Lost Sock Heaven when I did laundry.)



Unfortunately as eco friendly as the cloth soap saver bag is, I think the plastic mesh bath pouf like bags lather better. I bought this exact set of soap bubble bags and reinforced the end of the bag above the cable tie by sewing over it a few times with my sewing machine to make it last longer.

I also learned I am able to wash the mesh soap bags in a lingerie bag in my washing machine with a load of towels since my washing machine does not have an agitator that could rip the exfoliating mesh bag apart. Obviously I can’t put plastic mesh soap bag in the dryer. That isn’t a big deal because the bag air dries quickly on its own. 

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Samatha said…
Great thoughts! Thanks for sharing.
ReneeOpen said…
Your wit is funny and those pouches are great! I stopped by the post because I remember the short stint of making liquid soap from bar soap my mom went through when I was a kid. The pouches are a much better idea ;)

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Zayden Wood said…
Good post liquid soap is the need of the time.