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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What can I do with leftover pieces of soap? Can they be microwaved and reformed?
By Julie L.
Or just keep them in a plastic travel soap container until you have enough to melt and reform into a bar.
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!
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.
I smush all the little pieces into a pump bottle - add lots of water and use in the shower/bath or to wash hands. Keep adding water if it thickens too much and shake when using!
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 old slivers of bars of soap?
By Janice from Hays, KS
If you use a double boiler, you can melt it down and form it into little ice or cookie molds. Then you can dress then up with nylon net or other stuff and make your presents like we used to!
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.
How can I use up old bits of soap? Perhaps make into fresh bars to use. Any other suggestions?
Walmart (& probably other stores) sell little scrubbies over near the cosmetic department that are like an envelope that you place the soap pieces in. It has a loop that you put through another loop to I hang it in my shower & one side is a little rough & use it to scrub the dry skin off my feet, etc.
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:)
After making bars of soap from pieces, how should they be stored?
By Chris from Cumming, GA
You can place them in toe of a piece of pantyhose (knee high). I do this and tie it to the outside faucet for easy clean-ups after working in the garden.
Wax paper, or the glossy side of wrapping paper.