Super Soap Saver — Saving Money On Hand Soap With Only A Rubber-band!



I am big on hand washing and my kids know it. My little ones use way too much soap, pumping away until I a whole bottle of liquid soap is gone in a week!  Plus I find a bunch of liquid soap all over the sink and the faucet that was wasted!  I feel like I am constantly telling them not so much soap.  I learned a little trick to resolve this problem.  Take a rubber band and wrap it around the top of the pump portion of the soap bottle. When you pump down on the hand pump the soap still comes out but less of it. Enough soap will come out to wash hands effectively but none will be wasted. Now to implement a one pump down rule! 


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I used a number 16 rubber-band but I am sure any size with do.  I tried it on my foam hand dispensers, it really doesn’t work so well. Sure doesn’t cost that much money but it adds up and I am big on not wasting. How do you save money on soap? 



  1. What a smart idea. I am totally trying this. I am all for saving some money!

  2. what a great idea, saving soap like this would be such a money saver after time, I will try this

  3. My mama used to do that with the hand lotion. Never even thought of it for hand soap! Great!

  4. Genius! I’m having one of those “I can’t believe I didn’t think of that” moments.

  5. Got to love those common sense solutions!

  6. I don’t have kids, but boy I love this tip! I have tons of rubber bands at home, you bet I’ll give this a try. Sometimes I find myself pumping too much soap – especially when it’s a new brand and I don’t know yet its mechanism.

  7. we dilute ours. it’s the rubbing that gets us cleanest so we work with the kids to rub more and use less soap

  8. Oh my gosh! This is so simple yet so brilliant! It would save a ton of wastage, I need to do this!

  9. What a great idea. I will have to put this to use.

  10. What a great idea!! I use this method when I pump “goop” into a latex balloon before filing it with helium! Don’t know why I never thought of this for a hand-soap pump! Kudos to you!!

  11. I can’t tell you how many soap bottles my kids have wasted because they use SO much with each washing. I love this idea!!

  12. Great idea!! That would work well w lotion also

  13. What a great idea Nicole. That’s perfect for when my grand kids come over . Nothing like saving on soap! My little one even over does it, so this is great. Thanks for sharing.

  14. That’s definitely a handy trick! Great way to save money.

  15. Oh my goodness, this is brilliant! What a fantastic idea! Now, I I need tips on how to stop the paper towel wasting too! That drives me crazy!

  16. This is a great idea for the kids’s soap. They do tend to use a ton every time they wash. I’m going to give it a try!

  17. Brilliant! I can’t tell you how much I’ve thrown away. Thank you!

  18. That is an interesting trick! Glad you shared cause my kids use allot of soap also.

  19. Oh, clever clever clever! My 5 kids also pump, and pump, and pump just for recreation. I’m definitely going to try your tip and pin it!

  20. Wah, Pinterest is saying it’s not a valid image!

    • Jenna Em – I fixed the problem. For some reason Pic Monkey and Pinterest has a problem on my site! You should be able to Pin It now.

  21. i’ve seen rubber bands on soaps like this and had no idea what it was for! What a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

  22. We save on soap by refilling our foam containers ourselves. A couple Tablespoons of regular liquid soap and warm water, and it is the same as a regular foaming pump soap!

  23. What a simple and great idea! You especially don’t need an entire pump of soap for washing little hands. I need to do this.

  24. That is such a great idea! My boys are horrible at taking too much soap to wash their hands.

  25. Awesome idea. My daughter goes nuts with the soap, too and I feel like I’m constantly buying it.

  26. I do that and it helps especially with my 3 year old!

  27. What a great idea. I will have to try this.

  28. Great idea. I’ll have to use it with my 3 kiddos.

  29. This is a good idea. We go through so much soap at my house.

  30. Every penny that is saved not wasted makes a big difference especially for big families like yours and ours. This is a brilliant idea, my daughter also loves to waste the hand soap.

  31. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    That’s a great idea. Those dispensers pump out too much soap!

  32. WOW! Who knew something so simple would help. THANKS! Going to round up all my rubberbands now lol

  33. What an ingenious idea! My 2 year old is always taking way too much soap!

  34. This is a great idea! I am going to go do this in my daughters bathroom right now!

  35. You’re a genius!! I need to do this for my son who uses way too much!

  36. This is genius, you’re right, I think this would dispense the perfect amount of soap. Gonna try this. 😀

  37. This is so smart! I am going to do this tonight!

  38. Wow, that’s a brilliant idea!! I need to do this to my hubby! LOL

  39. Oh my gosh, you have saved my life. It’s not so bad with soap, but my boys do it with shampoo and it drives me nuts.

  40. Love this idea THANK YOU!!!!!!!

  41. What an interesting little “Life hack” – I’ll have to remember this!

  42. this is a fantastic idea! i mean, that soap can get crazy expensive and with a toddler who wants to play around the sink all day we can easily go broke on soap!

  43. Amy Desrosiers says:

    Oh my gosh I totally need to do this too!! Soap is like water to kids!!

  44. Angela S says:

    This is genius. I am definitely going to try this.

  45. What a great idea.. my kids use soap like it’s going out of style.. soo need to try this

  46. What a very smart and money-saving idea. I would never have come up with it, HA! Thanks so much

  47. This is such a fabulous idea! My daughter is always guilty of using way too much soap so we’re definitely going to try this trick!

  48. I saw this on pinterest and have been doing it for a year!! So smart!!

  49. I love this idea, specially having 4 kids. We go through a lot of soap though for me personally I love lavender essential oil bar soap!

  50. Yes! I get so mad when I go through a bottle of soap too fast. This is an awesome idea!

  51. This would help out for when the little one come to visit. Very smart!

  52. Seriously my son LOVES to use the soap because it smells so good–I have to go find a rubber band NOW lol–thanks for the great tip

  53. Very clever! I will remember this idea for when it is needed!

  54. What a great idea! We dilute ours with water. We usually get 3 bottles from one soap bottle.

  55. That is a really great idea! It’s amazing that something so simple could save so much money in the long run. 🙂

  56. Oh my gosh, this is such a brilliant idea! How did I not think of this? 😉

  57. This is an awesome idea! Thanks!

  58. That is such a great idea. Easy and creative answer to the kids using too much soap.

  59. This is such a great idea. My kids go crazy on liquid soap. I have to try this out at our house.

  60. I have never thought of such a thing. Very cool that you did. 🙂

  61. What a great idea. We always run out of hand soap so quickly.

  62. Very creative! And your kids don’t know the difference? Perfect!

  63. That’s a great idea! I never would’ve thought of doing that. I usually end up pumping too much; it’s not so much my son I have to worry about, hahah.

  64. That is a great idea. I know that my kids use too much soap, too.

  65. I have been having an issue with my 6 year old the last couple weeks. He loves to wash his hands which is nice but he uses too much soap!

  66. I refill my foam dispensers an inch of soap and water gently swirl and there you go. I love to use bath and body soap it smells so good!

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