There are lots of ways to save money on household supplies. We can buy in bulk, use coupons, and make our own, but wouldn’t it be nice to save money without working so hard? Today we’re going to look at a simple way to spend less–reduce our waste through the power of a pump.
I’m a huge fan of liquid soap dispensers. I have one at every sink in the house. I also have them in places you might not expect.
- In the shower for shampoo and conditioner
- In the kitchen for dishwashing liquid
- In the bathroom cabinet for hand lotions and some hair gels
What’s the big deal about liquid soap dispensers? Besides being compact and easy to handle, they allow us to measure exactly what we need to get a job done. Washing short hair? For my shampoo, 2 pumps is plenty. Cleaning a sink full of dirty dishes? It’s 8 pumps for perfect suds.
Other benefits of using a pump include:
- They’re great for little hands. When trying to teach kids not to use a whole bottle of shampoo for their hair, 3 pumps is easy to remember and fun to do.
- They’ll always fit. Once you find dispensers that fit your space, it doesn’t matter what size or shape product you buy. Fill your dispenser and store your remaining product in a linen closest or pantry.
- Products can be color coded. My husband has poor eyesight, so discerning between shampoo and conditioner in the shower was sometimes hard. He now knows shampoo is in the clear pump and conditioner is in the gold one. Problem solved.
- No more spills due to bulky containers. Some of those saver-sized containers are a tough to handle when they’re full. I’d always pour more than I intended. Now dispensing what I need is simple.
Where to get your soap dispensers. Most department stores carry soap pumps in their bath sections. However, mine are repurposed containers. I like the specialty liquid hand soaps found in places like Bath and Body Works or Amazon. When I finish with the soap, I remove the product tags with Goo Gone, clean the container, and have a free soap dispenser to fill with what I choose. An added benefit of these containers is they’re plastic. If they fall in the tub or sink, nothing breaks. Note: If you want to repurpose containers, be sure to purchase regular hand soap, not the foaming kind.
Living Light Tip of the Day – Waste not, want not.
What ways have you saved by reducing waste around the house?