Use a Hairband to Stop Wasting Hand Soap Review – Does it Work?

5 out of 5 leaves

5 out of 5 leaves

Hand Soap is generally recognized as a liquid form of soap that is dispensed via a pump – usually near a bathroom or kitchen sink.  The pump makes soap dispensing easy, and sanitary, with little mess.  Unless you have children…  The little ones, it seems, love to pump and pump, making a big foamy sink full of bubbles.  Is there a quick and simple way to reduce the amount of soap waste when little hands come to wash?

The Good

  • Saves Money – less soap wasted, is less money spent on soap
  • Saves Time – it seems a sink full of bubbles quickly leads to a soapy bathroom mess (and you know who usually ends up cleaning it up!)
  • Easy – so easy you won’t believe it!

The Bad

  • This quick fix is not high on the aesthetically pleasing spectrum
My Experience

Just a little hairband is all you need!

My kids are great little hand washers.  They love to wash their hands.  A little too much sometimes…  It didn’t take them long to figure out that multiple pumps of soap plus high pressure water makes a sink full of bubbles.  How fun!  (For them).

I’m not sure where I ran into this idea, but it’s cheap and simple:  You twist a hairband around the base of a pump neck.  This inhibits the action of the pump, but not completely.  You get about half the amount of soap out, which is plenty for little hands.  In fact, I’ve found it’s usually enough for big hands too.

Less soap wasted, soapy mess inhibited, more money saved.  So simple, it’s genius.  What’s not to love?

Have you ever tried the hairband on the soap pump trick?  What other ingenious but not-so-obvious tricks do you have for stopping the waste at your house?

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5 Responses to Use a Hairband to Stop Wasting Hand Soap Review – Does it Work?

  1. I’ll have to give this a try. Maybe with a same-colored rubber band instead…

  2. Carol says:

    Great idea ~ ! ~ (A Creative Harbor)

  3. Janis says:

    Now this is a simple easy fix…great tip…thanks for sharing!

  4. Jean says:

    It seems like we are always out of soap in our boys’ bathroom so I am going to have to try this! I love the simplicity of this idea…thank you!

  5. Bob says:

    Mom had a simpler, more elegant solution to this. My brother was prone to wasting soap back in the late 80s. Mom told him to stop or he would get the belt. (She used a wooden spoon, Dad used his belt.) Anyway, discipline = parenting = solution.

    Other possible solutions: bar soap, hand amputation.