Before you throw away those soap bar slivers, consider ways that they can be used up. This guide is about using leftover pieces of soap.
I keep those slivers of soap in my sewing box. The skinny, thin slivers work great for marking my seam, or to make an X on the material. It washes off so easily. I've used it for crafts, or for sewing.
It is also good to rub over itchy seams made by thick thread or those itchy tags. Just rub it over the itchy spot and it smooths it where it doesn't irritate your skin.
By Nana Lee
Don't throw away bar soap that dissolves into those little irritating pieces. Save them and add water, then slowly melt them down on the stove and use as liquid soap. Or melt them down without water and pour into greased jar lids or anything you want to use for the a mold and you have new bars of soap!
When bars of hand soap are almost finished, getting the small remnants to stick together properly (so that they can be completely used up) can be a pain, and they certainly do not look quite right for use in the guest bathroom. If you simply stick soap bits together randomly, the ugly mass tends to hold dirty soap in the crevasses, and they tend to fall apart, anyway.
The suggested method is probably easiest with bath soap, where one uses a facecloth or sponge (or the net equivalent), although it works with smaller bars, just as well. By rubbing the sponge consistently on one side of the soap bar only, that side wears down quicker than the other, becoming concave, making it easier to ensure that the thin, remaining sliver of soap (from the almost used-up bar) fits snugly against either convex surface of a new bar.
Pressing them firmly together when both are wet results in what becomes a single, homogeneous convenient-to-use bar. If the two bars are the same color, they soon become indistinguishable as being joined components and the soap is used to the utmost benefit. What is more, your guest bathroom will not be disgraced.
And there is absolutely no waste, whatsoever.
What can I do with old slivers of bars of soap?
By Janice from Hays, KS
April 26, 20131 found this helpful
I toss small soap bars in the tray area ... where you put laundry soap in my washer. Then they slowly dissapear as the water runs over them. Just an added bonus to the washing per say. I also have done with with all my old dish soap..dishwater soap.I drain it all into my washer. Yes I have a front load and been doing it for 10+ years with no issues.
Don't throw away small pieces of soap. Gather together like colors of soap (or you'll end up with an ugly colored ball.) Place scraps in a bowl, and if they are very small - great, no further work needed. If not, break them up with a knife, sprinkle pieces with warm water; let sit 15 minutes to soften.
Gather up a handful and squeeze into a ball shape. It will take from two days to two weeks to completely cure in a warm, dry area. Reshape every two days to maintain a round shape. Don't worry about irregularities; they will lend interest to your soap.
Since I was a little girl in a house of 6 kids, we always had leftover pieces of soap. I saw a container in the Harriet Carter catalog on a product that turns old, small pieces of soap into hand soap in some kind of container. Does anyone know where I can find one, I have tried looking in the Harriet Carter catalog and they don't carry it anymore. Any help?
Koren form Virgin Islands
By guest (Guest Post) Flag
October 8, 2005
I've had a "soap saver" from Harriet Carter for years. It is very handy way to use all those little pieces of soap.
I found another source. www.ShopHomeTrends.com
or phone 1-800-810-2340. product # 409000
Liquid Soap Maker (set of 2) $11.95.
By Irene M. 20
When bars of soap get down to little piece, what do you do with it? Throw it out? Well there is a way to "recycle" the small pieces of soap. You can use a mesh bag, that oranges and apples come it. Cut a pieces of the mesh bag, place the soap pieces in the middle, and tie with a string. It lathers up nicely. Now when it's gone, it's gone, and you save money too!
By Irene from Williston, FL
I regularly have many bits of soap left over. What can I do with these? It is so very wasteful. I need a method of using the last little bits.
May 7, 2012
I buy packages of thin nylon scrubbing pads, about 4" x 5" each, from the $1 bin at the grocery or drugstore. I take a new scrubber, fold one end up about one third & sew the side edges with any old leftover thread, making a pocket.
I put the soap scraps in the pocket & tuck the other end of the scrubber into it, creating a soap filled scrubber. I add more soap scraps to it when I have them. When the scrubber is worn out, I make a new one. It's very handy to grab for just about anything that needs a little scrubbing to get clean - just moisten it with water & scrub. I keep it in a plastic caddy with drain slots suction-cupped to the inside of the sink.
What can I do with leftover pieces of soap? Can they be microwaved and reformed?
By Julie L.
June 3, 20111 found this helpful
I've melted them in the microwave a few times, but it can be tricky. Line a small bowl with wax paper, put the slivers in it, and then microwave at 30% power for 15-second increments. When the soap is soft enough to stick together (the bar may be hot), squeeze it in your hands to make sure it's compact, and let it cool down. The bar will feel a little too hard to use the first few times you use it, but after that it will feel (and work) like a regular soap bar. Good luck!
By chris 3
After making bars of soap from pieces, how should they be stored?
By Chris from Cumming, GA
July 28, 2015
Wax paper, or the glossy side of wrapping paper.
I keep slivers of soap by the sink. I use a wet Q-Tip and rub it on my sliver of soap to remove spill over mascara. Works like a charm.
How can I use up old bits of soap? Perhaps make into fresh bars to use. Any other suggestions?
October 1, 2012
I crocheted (all cotton, cost $1 on sale each to buy the Peaches 'n Cream yarn) bath mitts, simple rectangles that we slide the soap and hands into for a good scrub up.
Since I made those mitts, lol, we no longer have soap bits:)
Can I melt pieces of soap into big bars of soap in the microwave? Thank you.
By Terry from PA
February 14, 2011
I've never melted soap ends, but what I have done is taken the ends and pieces and tied them up in a nylon mesh and made a 'scrubbie' out of it. It's great and foams up like you wouldn't believe!
By Ceil 3
I keep a plastic disposable type glass in the shower and it fits perfectly snug in the towel bar. I add all the slivers of soap with a small amount of water and use my netting shower poof to obtain the creamy soap. No more wasted soap.
By Ceil from Tavares, FL
I have a jar full of soap jelly made from leftover toilet soap. How can I use it now?
I use a plastic bag to carry my fresh set of underclothes to the gym. Outside of that plastic bag is another plastic bag. After I remove the clean underclothes just before entering the shower, I place the used underclothes in the outer bag. To keep them from smelling too much, I have pieces of soap in that outer bag.
I would like to use up those little bits of bar soap that seem to get left behind. I have think that there must be a way to re-melt them and use them up.
AA from British Columbia
To reuse bits of leftover soap, buy a container of glycerin soap from a craft store such as Michael's (they are the cheapest I've found). I get the kind that can be melted in the microwave. Find a soap form such as a small oblong plastic container and spray it with pam or whatever the glycerin manufacturer suggests. Pour in a thin layer of melted glycerin soap, then put the leftover bits of bar soap in another layer, add more melted soap. Alternate layers ending with melted soap until the bar is as big as you want. This kind of soap lasts forever because the soap bits are usually quite dry and don't melt during use.
Don't throw away that last bit of bar soap. Save them up. Take and old panty hose leg, put the pieces of soap in it, tie it up and hang it in the shower for shower soap! Or, using a food grater, shave the soap pieces into a recycled jar and use it with some baby oil for bath bubbles. Or, when the are still wet, simply press them together to make a new bar.
Post by Denise
To ensure that the soap stays together, spray alcohol on the pieces you place into the glycerin. It sometimes doesn't bind together if you don't do this. This also prevents bubbles around the edges.
Post by Xerophyia
I put my soap bits together in a solo type disposable glass with a little water. it fits snug in the towel bar in the shower or on the shower door. I then use one of those fluffy netted scrubbers and simply pour the liquid soap onto it. or let it dry up to a solid and push the scrubbie in the cup to coat with soap. Works for me. (03/28/2006)
I've been using soap pieces for years because I can't sand to throw something out that is reusable. I place all my soap pieces into a mason jar [qt.size] and pour boiling water over them.just covering the soap pieces.I let them set for about an hour and use a fork or butter knife to kinda break them up.then I might need to pour more hot water on them to fill the jar. leave them alone for a few days and when you go back you can shake the jar and you'll have nice liquid soap.I've even heated it in the microwave if some of the larger pieces didn't melt[taking the cap and ring off the jar first.] but most of the time they do.I buy hand soap in a dispenser at the .99 store and when it's all gone,I pour my soap into the container.my kids like it better because it's softer. (03/28/2006)
I put my bits of soap in a plastic container, whatever size fits your needs, add water and let the soap soften. Then I use this solution for stain removal. Seems that hand soap removes more stains than anything I have found, ring around the collar, makeup smudges, mud, etc. I thought about this one day when I was washing my hands. The hand oap cuts grease, dirt, etc. from our hands, so how about our clothing? (03/29/2006)
Make Your Own Handsoap
You can make your own handsoap from one bar of soap. Grate one (1) small bar of any kind of soap or pieces of leftover soaps and add 3 cups of water. Put mixture in a microwave safe container and zap for 3 minutes. Pour into a handsoap container with a pump when cool. Makes 24 oz.
Along the line of putting soap pieces in old pantyhose, you can also hang one of these by the outside hose for hand washing after gardening. I usually try to stick the old slivers onto my new bar. Depends on the shape of the soap, but they usually just melt together after a few tries. No waste! (04/01/2006)
I have never done this, but since you have brought up the subject, I think that I will try it. Keep several of the pieces in a zip lock bag (after they have dried) and wait until you have quite a few. Try melting them in a double boiler or in the microwave. Once melted, pour into any kind of molds. Maybe you could find an old small, shallow pan at a yard sale or thrift store, spray with Pam, pour the "soap" onto the pan and put old cookie cutters into the mixture, and set them in the freezer. It should come out as shaped soap. If I am wrong, I guess that we will both have a soapy mess! (04/02/2006)
I have ALWAYS piggybacked mine: when the bar get small, just keep it wet for a few minutes while you bathe or shower with the new bar. while both are wet, STICK the two together. Every now and again I have to do it twice but everyone knows not to throw the small one out! (04/11/2006)
By Mary, Crown Point, IN
First, I try to adhere them to a larger bar I use in the shower. If they fail to adhere (mainly because of the shape of the larger bar), I them use them at the sink to wash my hands--a smaller bar shape is easier to use than in the shower. After the bar gets to a small sliver, I usually save them in a container and later grate them up to make home made laundry detergent (actually soap). Occasionally, I'll mix the grated pieces into a home made soap right before it is poured into molds. After it is cut into bars and dried, you get neat mosaic bars of soap. (05/28/2006)
What do you do with those little small pieces of leftover soap? Can they be used to make liquid soap? We usually just let them melt away to nothing.
I keep soap scraps with my sewing gear. I use them to for marking. I started doing this in the 70's when polyester was so popular. I stained a garment with tailor's chalk. It didn't wash out. I haven't bought it since. (03/28/2008)
I made a draw string bag out of a washcloth. All my soap bits go into it for the shower. I hang it to dry between showers (03/29/2008)
I also put the old soap scrap on a new bar, but I put a little water on the new bar where the old scrap will go and wrap in plastic wrap put in the microwave for about 10 seconds (watch it closely) and then take out let it cool and put back in the bathroom or shower. Never has the old one not adhered to the new one. My husband uses "Dial" so it has a small indentation in the middle of the new bar to start with. Makes a nice fit for the old one. (03/31/2008)
By Nana B
Here what I have tried in the past. I will get one of those loofah mitts (you can usually find at the dollar store and I stuff the left over soap in the mitt. I use velcro to close up the mitt. Now I have a easy to use shower mitt, with ready made soap. (03/31/2008)
By Georgetta Ruth
The way I use up my little pieces of bar soap is by putting them in a pump container with a very large lid with a dozen marbles and some water, let it sit for a while, then shake periodically. Adding more water as the soap slivers dissolve.
Out of habit I shake it before each use.
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I put the pieces into a blender and add a bit of water and mix for about 10 to 15 seconds, I then gently heat this solution in the oven ( in an approved glass bowl) this second step allows all the air to escape that was infused during the mixing process. I then pour it into a mold and let it stand for a few hours to solidify. Once removed I let stand for a few days, it continues to dry and harden. The soap is then usable and is as solid and long lasting as any new bar of soap. (04/04/2008)
Hey I put the leftover soap bits inside a sock and put a rubber band over it. I then throw it inside the washing machine. It leaves a wonderful personalized smell to the laundry, and the soap is fully used. (05/28/2008)
I would like to know what to do with leftover pieces of hand soap. I have started using liquid soap for hands, but have plenty of soap pieces left over.
Carmen from Illinois
I would put into a soap dispenser with warm water and let dissolve, it should make liquid soap. They have a special soap dispenser just for using leftover soap pieces. I think I saw it in the ABC distributing catalog, but I'm not sure. I think you could just make your own and give it a little shake each time you go to use it. (04/26/2004)
You can always use them in your drawers to keep your clothes fresh. (04/26/2004)
I use soap samples in the shower, so they go to slivers pretty quickly. I put the slivers of soap in an old catsup squeeze bottle, like you used to see at cafes, with some water and a marble. Shake vigorously before using. The catsup squeeze bottle has a large mouth for easily adding soap, and the tip is easily cleared if it clogs.
You could sew the pieces into a washcloth folded in half and stitched. Then just wet and wash. (04/26/2004)
If you pull up soap making websites (same for leftover candle wax) you can find out how to "melt" down the soap and pour into a mold (small tin can works well and you can open the closed end and push out once set-small milk cartons also work well) and reuse. (04/26/2004)
If you use your garage sink or outside spigot a lot, take an old nylon stocking or knee-high, put the soap slivers in it and tie a knot, so you've got a big soap lump down by the toe.Then tie it to the spigot. Next time your hands are covered with dirt from gardening or grease from working on the car, just wet your hands and rub the soap lump between your hands. You'll get clean BEFORE you go indoors! (04/30/2004)
By Becki in Indiana
If anyone suffers from leg cramps, put the leftover soap pieces under your bottom sheet. Or you could keep by your bed and rub onto your leg if you have a cramp. (05/20/2004)
Yes, use Irish Spring soap bars under your sheets, directly under your legs. You will not get leg cramps anymore. My Grampa and Uncle both had bad leg cramps until they started using soap under their sheets. My grampa took his bar out to see if he would get cramps without the soap in the bed, and he did get a bad cramp that night. They both swear by this remedy and it has been proven to work by many medical experts. Search the internet if you don't believe me. I know the is some medicinal value to this remedy but they haven't found out what it is yet. All I know is that it works. It won't hurt you to try it for yourself. IT WILL WORK (11/20/2004)
I used scraps of net left over from a sewing project to make a net drawstring bag to hold small pieces of soap. It hangs in the shower and I use this instead of a instead of a washcloth. I've recycled net and soap bits. It's better than the nylon "thingies" you buy.
By Barbara (04/22/2005)
Thank you, this is exactly what I was looking for! Now I can use up the many leftover pieces of bar soap that I have collected and didn't want to just throw away. (03/27/2008)
There used to be a rubber bag with holes in it? My mom had one years ago. Do they still exist? (05/12/2008)
Wow I didn't know you could do a lot of things with soap. Thanks you guys! (11/15/2008)
We have all had needs for bath soap etc. and I have found that each bar costs lots of money. I have made up my mind to recycle all of the bits of soap-ends that I have accumulated over the years and I made my own beautiful hand made soap. It includes olive oil that makes my skin extremely soft and non dry. Just use the following:
All of the ends of soap in your house and a cup of olive oil. Put all of the soap ends into a small sauce pot and one cup of olive oil (extra virgin is OK). Then simmer it stirring until it comes to a simmer. Then let cool and turn into a mold such as an ice tray.
You can add a few drops of essential oils such as lavender or citrus. Put into the freezer for a few hours, then let each cube dry out of the freezer. This soap will let you save money on commercial soap and put your own spin on fragrance and softening your skin. It works.
By Sue123 from Oroville, CA
I recently read that small pieces of soap are good for most plants? The info was to dig a small hole a about 8 inches from the plant and deposit small soap pieces and cover. I have not tried this, but it does seem that my mother did this many years ago. I know that she always poured her dishwater over her plants and her plants were always beautiful. (09/24/2009)
Hi Maryeileen, First I start with a base: I prefer the ready to melt and pour oatmeal base. If you would like to make your own base however, I would be glad to get that info for you. Once I have melted the base in a double boiler, I then add essential oils or fragrance oils. I also use coffee grounds for cellulite reduction in some of my bars. Other bars I use dried lemon or orange peel. My latest called pumpkin spice has dried pumpkin flakes- all good for exfolliating. If I run out of oatmeal base, I can use white soap base, and then add to it equal parts of H2O with equal parts of colloidal oatmeal such as Aveeno in powder form. I love doing this, its very therapeutic for me. (09/24/2009)
You can use a small mesh bag and put the soap slivers in it. I use one that covered garlic cloves. You could also use those small bags that you get for wedding favors or make your own out of net material. I add old soap when it is small enough. I use a bread clip on the top to hold it shut. Just pick up the bag and you are ready to lather up the washcloth. When I have finished my shower, I hang the soap bag with a clothespin on the shower caddy so that the soap can air out and not get all gooey. That way you do not have to go through the trouble of melting it down. I have done this for years. (09/24/2009)
Maryeileen, Here are the actual ingredients of the oatmeal soap base that I buy direct ~oatmeal: Propylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Glycerin, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Myristate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Meal, Triethanolamine, Water, Fragrance, Titanum Dioxide,
Next step: Melt base in double boiler. Do not let boil, add no more than 1tsp of fragrance oil or essential oil (your choice of scent) per lb. of base. Stir well and take off of double boiler, it is now that I add extras, like unused coffee grounds, dried lemon or orange peel, extra colloidal oatmeal, dried pumpkin flakes, etc. You may now fill your molds. I usually fill then set in freezer for no more than 10 minutes. You do not want your soap to sweat and lose moisture, so after it has set, promptly wrap it. (09/25/2009)
What can you do with small pieces of soap besides put on big pieces of soap?
Take a large jar and fill it full of very hot water and toss in the scraps.
I stir mine once in awhile to aid in the melting. Add scraps and hot water
as needed. (07/31/2008)
What a great site! I've been asking about little soap bits re-uses for years and no one has ever given me a practical tip, until now. Thank you all very much. (08/05/2008)
By Ed M.
What can I do with all the leftover pieces of soap in the shower?
By Linda from Corcoran, CA
In the summer I tie them in a mesh veggie bag and hang it on the outside faucet for cleaning before coming in. In winter I use the same kind of bag and hang it in the shower and do a sort of soap on a rope. (10/27/2009)
It works great to make marks when measuring wood or metal for cutting and comes off without having to be removed. Melt it down in a pan with a little water into a new bar when you get enough chips. (10/31/2009)
I purchased a small, mesh draw-string bag (app. 2x5") made just for this purpose at the drug store in bath/spa section (where the bath sponges and bath pillows are). I put all my slivers of soap in it and use it to scrub hands and feet. Since I'm usually barefoot, it's handy to clean my feet sitting on the edge of the tub by running a tiny bit of water in the tub, just enough to wet my feet and the bag, turn the water off, and just rub my feet on the mesh bag in the bottom of the tub, then rinse under running water. I doubt if the water runs more than 15 seconds, so I don't think I'm wasting water, and every ounce of bar soap I purchase gets used up. It's wonderful during the gardening season!
Merry in Washington (11/01/2009)
You can make soap balls with the slivers. Just throw them in a container until you save enough slivers. Grate the slivers, then add just enough water to make mix with the consistency similar to play dough. Then shape the mix into balls. Use wet fingers to smooth out the ball a bit. Set on wax paper or a cookie rack to dry. Turn every day or so until dry. Mine took about 24 hours to dry.
If you use several different colors of soap, you may want to sort the soap into similar colors before grating and making into balls. (03/21/2010)
How do you make one bar of soap from small pieces?
By Chris from Pembroke Pines, FL
Here's my 2008 post:
A simple method I use is to put smaller soap pieces on a new bar of soap, when both are wet. They meld together, making a larger bar of soap, and there's no waste. (04/20/2010)
Cut the small pieces into slivers and melt them in a microwave with a drop or two of water, when melted form into a bar. Watch and melt just until they are soft enough to form together. (04/22/2010)
I always hated to throw away the small parts of soap bars when they became too small to use. Then I thought of saving them and when I have enough I melt them together in the microwave to form a larger one which I can easily use. No more wasted soap.
By Mariaemma from Moncton, NB
This is a great idea. I have a variation on this. I take all the little pieces of soap and sliver them up and put them in a pump bottle with water and let them melt down. Instant liquid soap! (05/24/2010)
I put the leftovers in a little mesh bag and use them up that way. (05/25/2010)
You can also put the small soap pieces in an old nylon stocking. It lathers up really well. (05/31/2010)
How do you recycle bar soap pieces? Thank you in advance.
By Barbara from TX
I break them up into an empty hand soap container, add some hot water to get them started dissolving then use it for more hand soap. (10/28/2009)
I bought a shower body scrubbing glove at a dollar store and simply drop the shards of soap into it and close the top with a rubber band (no sewing and you can add new pieces easily!). It lathers up nicely and I just wad it up and use it as a scrubby sponge - but I suppose you could just leave the top open and stick your hand in with the soap and use it as usual. Good luck. (10/28/2009)
Look at WalMart's in the face cleaning/bath brushes area and you'll find a ready made sack to insert pieces of soap to use as a body scrub. It comes in pretty colors and hangs easily on your shower knob when not in use. I just keep adding soap pieces, got several in there right now. The scrubber is great on my body, better than a wash rag. (10/28/2009)
I chip them up and add a little hot water, then I add a few drops of essence oils to add a nice smell. I pour them into different shaped molds and let air dry, and when dry enough to remove from molds I lay them out to dry for about a week to make sure they dry all the way inside. Then I have soap that sells in shops for upwards of 7 dollars and more a bar. I even have my friends saving me their soap bits for this. Or you could just dissolve them into a bottle of water and have liquid hand soap. (10/29/2009)
Can I melt small pieces of bath soap in microwave oven and make one big bar?
By Phyllis from Tulsa, OK
You don't have to melt them in the microwave. Just put them all into a plastic container with a lid, and add hot water. The soap will soften all by itself. If you only add enough water to soften the soap, and not so much that you have a liquid soap, you can scoop some out, mold it into soap balls in your hands, and allow it to harden and dry. Then use it just as you would any other soap "bar".
I like to mold a ball around a good strong rope of braided yarn, and have a "soap on a rope" which
hangs from a hook on the washcloth bar in the shower. You can mold it into any shape you like. Balls are just nice to hold and use. Good soap retains its fragrance too, but if you like, you can add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil to the container and stir it in before molding it.
We never, ever waste soap. Incidently, the "soaps on ropes" make great camping soap.
Hope this helps you.
Several years ago I found small drawstring net bags w/liners that were sold to use for soap pieces. My whole family loves them as they lather perfectly and are a great washcloth at the same time. I think I originally found them at Bed, Bath and Beyond and/or Dollar Tree. (08/23/2010)
My father grew up in the depression, so I imagine that is where he learned it. I never questioned it, tiny, tiny soap pieces get stuck to the new bar when your in the bath/shower, handwashing, etc, and the new bar is nice and sudsy, just stick it on. You have to be careful with it for the first few uses, then it's fine. I didn't know we weren't the only ones to do it until I was much older and my roommate thought I was nuts. My parents were older when I was born, so most of my friends parents were born after the war and didn't know about rationing during the war and just plain having nothing before the war. Some of today's poor would have been considered rich during the depression. (09/05/2010)