Find your nearest craft store & purchase Soap Base. The cost is around $9.99 lb. Different types, goats milk, olive oil, Shea butter, coconut oil, etc. Purchase a plastic soap mold at $1.99. Melt four squares & add any spice you would like; cinnamon, coffee, lemon juice, cayenne, etc. Get creative & look up the benefits to each spice before adding. Coffee soap is great for wrinkles, cellulite, stretch marks. Cinnamon is good for circulation, acne, blood pressure. Let stand in mold for 1 hour!
When cleaning your kitchen sink area, don't forget to clean your hand soap, dish soap and/or lotion bottles too. They can carry germs and putting them back on a clean sink kind of defeats the purpose. I use a bathroom antibacterial foam cleaner, spray them, rinse, then dry and germ free! :) I also throw my sponges in the dishwasher with every load.
Instead of buying new hand soap pumps every time I run out of soap I purchase a sturdy-looking foaming hand soap pump and keep a jug of Dr Bronner's Magic Hemp Soap (liquid hemp-based castile soap) around. When the pump gets empty I just rinse it out then fill 1/3 of the way with the Bronner's and the rest of the way with water because it can be diluted quite a bit. It gets hands clean with irritating or drying them out and lasts a long time! The almond kind smells great, too!
Unless someone is allergic to soap, apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few seconds (15-20), the tick will come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away.
I love bright colors & black clothes, but I don't like seeing them fade and get dull. What I do is on the first wash, I put the new garment in the washer with 1 cup of white vinegar. This sets the dye and prevents fading. You can but don't have to use detergent--it's all about setting the dye.
Practice doing everything with 1/2 of the product you would normally use. For example: 1/2 the normal laundry soap ! Clothes will be just as clean and laundry soap wil last 2x as long with means you spent 1/2 as much on laundry soap !
When your soap bar has worn down to a little sliver, press it to the next bar of soap and "glue" them together with a bit of water. Once it dries, the soaps will be fused into one bar, and you don't waste anything! Works even with two different kinds of soap bar.