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cheap generic liquid soap?
Posted by: wurm
Date: July 13, 2020 03:45PM
We have one of those hand soap dispensers in our kitchen sink. I finally ran out of the cheap refill liquid soap stuff we use and I just went to buy more. Well, it's either unavailable (really? still?) or the stuff that is available is outrageously priced. I don't even care if it's the antibacterial stuff. Just as a point of reference, we used to pay about $3 for a half-gallon.

Is this the kind of thing I should look for a recipe to make my own (anyone have a favorite recipe?) or do I just have to wait it out until it becomes more plentiful again?

Jeez.
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Re: cheap generic liquid soap?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: July 13, 2020 04:01PM
....where did you go....??

....was the shelf completely empty.....??

....if you are in a jam.....shampoo or body wash or dish washing liquid (like Dawn, Palmolive) could work for 'liquid hand soap'.....it may be a bit more expensive than hand soap but if you buy the cheapest brand.......it may work out (I don't know how much more expensive it is)....


.....Walmart's Equate brand is cheapest.....or at Target Up&Up brand........



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Re: cheap generic liquid soap?
Posted by: Harbourmaster
Date: July 13, 2020 04:07PM
"Equate" Brand Liquid hand soap from Wally World is essentially equivalent to SoftSoap.



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Re: cheap generic liquid soap?
Posted by: d4
Date: July 13, 2020 04:09PM
If you are in Long Island, NY I can recommend a few places/times to go. Liquid hand soap has not been an issue with supply/pricing for me.



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Re: cheap generic liquid soap?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: July 13, 2020 04:29PM
Try Dollar Tree.
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Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: July 13, 2020 04:43PM
Do not buy any product with Triclosan or anything similar. It is nasty stuff. It was used as a pesticide ingredient and kids are putting it on their hands several times a day. 27 years ago I used to plead with my current GF to stop buying hand soap with that crap. It is as bad as overfeeding antibiotics to farm animals so they fatten up faster.



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Re: cheap generic liquid soap?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: July 13, 2020 04:54PM
....I think they have removed triclosan from most products: toothpaste, etc. because it was considered bad for your health......Colgate toothpaste used to have it but they removed......



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Re: cheap generic liquid soap?
Posted by: Rolando
Date: July 13, 2020 05:36PM
I usually just refill with the cheaper house brand dish soap.
It's usually watered down compared to Dawn.

If you have a one of those foaming type dispenser then water it down 50/50.



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Posted by: AllGold
Date: July 13, 2020 06:19PM
It disappeared from shelves entirely when the pandemic hoarding began. It is available again, but is often relatively scarce so you may have to check a few different times to find it.

I agree with Harbourmaster about Equate at Walmart. Also, costco sells 2-packs of 64oz bottles (one gallon total) of Softsoap brand for between $7-$8.



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Re: cheap generic liquid soap?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: July 13, 2020 07:02PM
....remember....don't drop the [ liquid ] soap........



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Re: cheap generic liquid soap?
Posted by: wurm
Date: July 13, 2020 07:13PM
Thanks, all. Yeah, there's no problem if I want the 8 or even 16oz. bottles of whatever. Plenty of that. But I'm looking for the bigger refill sizes. No Costco near me, so I figured Wally's Equate brand would be my next best bet. But Out of Stock in the three nearest Walmarts to me and unavailable for shipping. Cheapest big jug of liquid soap I see at Amazon is $20 for a gallon.

Hadn't really thought of using dishwashing liquid in that dispenser. Time to check Dollar Tree again.
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Posted by: Robert M
Date: July 13, 2020 07:23PM
Wurm,

Purchase plain ol'l soap in 1 gallon jugs from office supply shops. It's available. I never buy antibacterial soap. Just regular soap. I buy it in the jigs and refill pump dispensers. Sometimes I get Dial. Sometimes I get Softsoap. Sometimes I get Genuine Joe. You get the idea.

Here's are some example:

[www.officecrave.com]

[www.nordisco.com]

Quill.com. Staples.com. Officedepot.com. All of the online office supply shops have hand soap in stock.

'course, there is nothing wrong with dropping a soap dish on the countertop and using plain ol' bar soap. Cheap and probably even more readily available than liquid soap.

Robert



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Re: cheap generic liquid soap?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: July 13, 2020 08:28PM
I'd go the bar soap route until the liquid becomes readily and cheaply available. Lots of stuff Staples has free local delivery, especially office supplies like TP, tissues and cleaning supplies.



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Re: cheap generic liquid soap?
Posted by: wurm
Date: July 13, 2020 08:39PM
Thanks, Robert. I don't know how i forgot about the office supply stores and the big box home improvement stores. Best I can find is $13/gal from Quill with free shipping. Lowes has a 50oz SoftSoap refill for $5. So either way it's about .10/oz.

Your OfficeCrave link has Genuine Joe for $6/gallon, which is great, but the $9.95 shipping kills that. Of course I could buy three gallons and it would still be the same $9.95 shipping, so that's a possibility. ;)
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Re: cheap generic liquid soap?
Posted by: wurm
Date: July 13, 2020 08:42PM
We did the bar soap in a dish routine for a while in the bathroom when stuff was hard to find, but my wife was not a fan of that. And now that she can get her small (overpriced) liquid soap, we're back to that in the bathroom.
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Re: cheap generic liquid soap?
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: July 14, 2020 04:24AM
Two other sources no one mentioned:
  • Dollar General (check in-store, their website inventory is usually inaccurate)
  • Restaurant supply companies
btw, dishwashing soaps like Dawn & its knock-offs are highly concentrated and can
be highly diluted with water, yet still be effective for hand washing.
Aldi's "Radiance" is <$3 for 24oz and is anti-bacterial. Quite similar to Dawn.



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Re: cheap generic liquid soap?
Posted by: d4
Date: July 14, 2020 06:39AM
I'm guessing you are only checking online. Get to Walmart when it opens and line up regardless of what it says online.



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Re: cheap generic liquid soap?
Posted by: datbeme
Date: July 14, 2020 09:34AM
We've always put dishsoap in the counter dispenser. Obviously, you don't need much when washing hands.

Edit:

Recommended method for filling it:

[www.amazon.com]



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Re: cheap generic liquid soap?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: July 14, 2020 09:38AM
Yup, another (Ivory) dish soap user.



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Re: cheap generic liquid soap?
Posted by: wurm
Date: July 14, 2020 09:51AM
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datbeme
We've always put dishsoap in the counter dispenser. Obviously, you don't need much when washing hands.

Edit:

Recommended method for filling it:

[www.amazon.com]

Hmmmm....now that looks like a possibility. It's a bit of a pita to crawl under the cabinet to refill the bottle and the funnel thing makes more of a mess than it's worth.
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Re: cheap generic liquid soap?
Posted by: DP
Date: July 14, 2020 10:06AM
Liquid dish soap. Done.





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