Yesterday, you saw my
fancy unusual paper towel holder in our “new” vintage laundry room. One observant reader noticed something that was different since the laundry room transformation pictures were originally posted. Maybe you noticed it, too.
Is there an item above that you also see in this picture?
Yep, that’s it.
HH found the old Coca-Cola™ bottle while digging along a tree line. It sat on the counter since that time. I didn’t have the heart to tell him I really
didn’t need that dirty didn’t know what to do with the old bottle.
Once I added another Coca-Cola™ item in the room, I wanted to use the bottle somehow and give it a real purpose. See the tray above the “medicine” cabinet? I bought it one day when PAM and I were trolling through antique shops.
The idea for the bottle hit me right out of the blue, so I quickly searched for an old olive oil spout in a kitchen drawer. The cork was the perfect size for the Coca-Cola™ bottle. While filling the bottle with our favorite hand soap, I decided to share my money-saving secret with you.
Here’s the hack, y’all:
Do you have a favorite hand soap? My all-time favorite is the Stress Relief formula in Eucalyptus Spearmint scent from Bath & Body Works. Everyone in our home loves the clean and not-too-fruity-or-girly scent.
We have this soap at most sinks throughout the house, so keeping a full supply is expensive. It costs $6 for the 8 ounce pump bottle you see here.
After 15 years of buying boatloads of this stuff when on sale (and making it stretch to Mars and back), I came across the Dr. Teal’s Relax and Relief at Wally World. Can you believe Dr. Teal’s Eucalyptus Spearmint is only $5 for a 34-ounce bottle?
Since making this discovery, I now refill all my Bath & Body Works bottles with Dr. Teal’s. Yep. Dr. Teal’s will refill 4 and a quarter of the Bath & Body Works bottles, and for a dollar less than one pump bottle of the real thing. Do I care that it’s bath soap rather than hand soap? Nah!
Bath & Body Works version costs $.75 per ounce, while Dr. Teal’s is under $.15 per ounce. No one at my house noticed a difference. To show you what’s available at stores, here’s a link to Wal-Mart’s web page with Dr. Teal’s Foaming Bath Soap scent choices.
The soap and the “new” soap dispenser are refreshing.
But…no one has to know the soap isn’t The Real Thing.
Do you have a unique bottle you could transform into a soap dispenser? Also, do you have a favorite soap – maybe a scent that Wal-Mart mimics with bath soap?
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