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    January 2016  


Ways to Use Soap Slivers

Soap slivers aren't easy to use in the shower or in the bath, but they can be used in many creative and practical ways. Soap isn't expensive, but why throw away money and products? Save those slivers instead of flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash. Here are practical ways to use soap slivers that will save money and reduce waste.

Sachet: If you like the smell of your soap, use the slivers to add scent to a drawer, closet, vehicle or suitcase. Create a sachet by wrapping a dry sliver in a used fabric softener sheet. Tie the top with a small ribbon, and place it anywhere you want a clean, fresh scent.

Soap-Filled Nailbrush: Dirty fingernails can require a nailbrush. Press a soft soap sliver into a nailbrush, and use it to clean fingertips and fingernails. Whenever someone needs to thoroughly clean dirty fingernails, the soap-filled brush will be ready to use.

Stick to a New Bar: While they're soft, press slivers of soap into a newer bar. If the bars are wet, the soap slivers will more easily blend.

Body Wash: Body wash isn't cheap, and slivers of bars can be saved to make body wash. Save thin pieces. Once you have about a dozen slivers, put them in the blender along with a little hot water. Add the water slowly so the mixture doesn't become too runny. Blend the soap and the water until it reaches the right consistency, and pour it into a plastic bottle.

Bath Mitt: A bath mitt is ideal for using soap slivers. Slip a sliver of soap inside the bath mitt and wash as usual. A small piece will go a long way.

Shaving: You can put the pieces into a mug for men to use for shaving. Use a shaving brush to lather and apply . . . works great.

Make a New Bar: You can collect slivers until you have enough to make one or two larger bars. Put slivers into about 1/3 jar of water and let sit until the bars melt. Spray a small container (plastic food container such as a yogurt cup or tuna can works fine) with non-stick spray, mix the melted bars well and pour into a container to make a new bar of soap . . . or two. Or, you can shape into small balls.

An option is to add brown grainy sugar or oatmeal to your soap to create an exfoliator or scrub.

Soap Dispenser: Cut the bottom 12" off a pair of throwaway panty hose. Place a few soap slivers in the bottom, and then tie onto an outside faucet/spigot. Now you'll have a quick soap dispenser for easy clean-up after gardening or other outdoor activities.

Liquid Soap: Gather your soap slivers and place them in an empty liquid-soap container. Add hot tap water, seal the container and shake the contents until well mixed. You’ll now have new liquid soap to use. Add any oil essence you wish such as rose or Jasmine.

Melt the slivers in a double boiler, add a favorite oil scent and pour into molds to make homemade bar soap. Add oatmeal or brown sugar to create a scrub soap.

Add 4-5 tablespoons of water to 3-4 oz. of slivered or grated soap. Put in microwavable dish, and heat for 2-3 minutes until the soap is melted. Do not let the soap foam over the edge of the dish. Stir once or twice as it is heating. After the soap is melted, add oatmeal if you wish. Pour the melted soap into plastic cups or tin cans, and let set until hard.

Sponge Soap: Cut a slice in the middle of a sponge and push the soap bits inside. Instant soapy sponge!

Soap on a Rope: Save the soap until you have several bits and wrap them in a washrag. If the sides are sewn together, a cotton rope added and Velcro is attached to the bottom, you will have a washing rag for the bath or shower, and do not have to worry about dropping the soap. Take it camping.

Make one to drop in with the laundry. You can add borax or baking soda as boosters.

Small Soaps: Use a double boiler to melt the slivers. Pour into an ice cube tray or a small muffin tin. Then you can dress them up with nylon net or ribbon for gifts.

Mesh Bag: You can put all the small pieces of soap into a mesh bag. (Garlic, onions, etc. come in mesh bags.) One end is usually sewn shut. Use a clip or staple on the other end. The soap can dry easier in a open mesh bag.

Laundry Soap: Save soap slivers and when you have enough, melt them for homemade laundry soap.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner: Lift the lid of the toilet tank, and drop in the small pieces of soap. You will be surprised how long it keeps the toilet bowl clean.

Deer Control: Put those little pieces of soap in the bottom of cut off panty hose. Tie them around your garden about 3-4' above the ground to keep deer away. Ivory and Irish Spring brands seem to work best.

Lubricant: A bar of soap can work as a lubricant when applied to metal, wood or plastics. Use soap on screws before you screw them into hardwood. Use soap to ease a stubborn zipper. Run your handsaw blade over a bar of soap, and it will cut more easily. Soap will smooth the runners on windows, sliding doors and drawers.

Tailor's chalk: Mark darts and hems on washable fabrics.

Bubble bath: Shave and crumble and add to bath.

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Toilet Bowl Cleaner: Lift the lid of the toilet tank, and drop in the small slivers of soap. You will be surprised how long it help keep the toilet bowl clean.
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