Ways to Save on Soap

by David Bakke

dish soapBefore we get going, I wanted to let you know that since I have started this venture, I am grateful for all of the things I’ve been able to learn about finances and saving money.  I thought I knew a lot when I first started writing–that knowledge has probably doubled since then.

One of the things that I read about a lot is how you can make a lot of products you use in your household at home for much less money.  Some of these things look like great ideas, some of them do not.  Some of them I would consider trying, some I would not.  For example, making homemade laundry detergent looks like it is too time consuming and so forth to be worth my time.

However, I recently tried making my own dish soap at home and I wanted to let you know how I fared.

Actually, I would grade it at an A- if I had to do so.  The process is simple, and the finished product works quite well.

In order to do it, the only thing you’ll need is one bar of bar soap and some hot water.  That’s it, really.  The “recipe” that I found says to grind up a bar of soap into little pieces.  Believe it or not, what I did was get out a cheese grater and ran the soap through that.  It worked out great (just be sure to scrub down the grater when you’re done).

Then, it says to take 3 cups of hot water.  Actually, I probably almost doubled that, and when they say hot, I would probably say “real” hot.  I doubt I’d boil it, but I might heat it up on the stove a little before I added it to the soap.

Then, I just put the hot water and the soap in a big bowl and waited for the soap to dissolve.  About an hour later-voila!  I was done!  And there I had it, about 6-7 cups of homemade dish soap, which probably  cost me 50 cents-or whatever I paid for that bar of soap.

As far as user-friendliness, it really does great.  You do have to shake it before each use, and it does look at times like it won’t work too well, but it creates almost as much “suds” as store bought soap, and it cleans dishes just fine.

And, as a matter of fact, I plan on replacing my hand soaps in the bathrooms with this recipe as well when I get to that point-increasing my savings.

So, out of all the things that they say you can make at home, I’d give the homemade dish soap big sudsy thumbs up!!

Has anyone out there tried making other cleaning products at home?  Let my readers know your stories below.


1 Shane April 6, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Apparently you can make soap from goat’s milk. I have never tried it, but if you happen to be using goats for your dairy needs, you can also make soap with them.

2 David Bakke April 7, 2010 at 10:54 am


My son drinks goat’s milk–I’d love to try making some soap from it.

Do you have a link you could share??

Thanks for commenting

3 Cassie September 1, 2010 at 6:35 pm

I make my own laundry detergent. So far it’s saved me a lot! And it takes me about 10 min. Cleanup would take me longer, but I put everything in the dishwasher when I’m done. It works very well. I make powder detergent. Because it’s faster, and I prefer it. You should try it!

4 david September 1, 2010 at 9:30 pm


Where’s the recipe for the powder detergent? All the ones I see look like they are “wet” ones..

5 Cassie September 1, 2010 at 11:51 pm

I have tried several different ones I’ve found online, but the one that works best for me I posted on my blog. It is so simple! I ‘grate’ the soap in my food processor, with the grater attachment. Then add the Soda, Borax, and Oxi Clean. The Oxi Clean I added to give the detergent a boost. But it literally takes a few minutes and I’ve already calculated I’ve saved over $40. It smells fabulous as well. 🙂

6 David September 1, 2010 at 11:56 pm


I’ll let you know how it shakes out for me…

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