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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
During the 70's I had a bad experience with the tailor's chalk. It didn't wash off as it was supposed to do. Granted, it was on the wrong side but it made me mad that this so called washable product wasn't. I've been using soap scraps ever since. Thanks for posting.
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.
I have a dog that needed to be washed under his tail from eating soft shell pecans. It was awful. So I brain stormed, I had some antibacterial soap I had to wash with before surgery and never knew what to do with it. Well, I got all my old soaps along with the soap from the hospital and put it in my small food chopper and chopped them all up and it came out real pretty from all the colors, and I store it in a pretty (see thru) glass container on the bathroom counter. When I needed to sponge the dog I just put in a tsp. of the milled soap, in some warm water in a small bucket and cleaned him right up. I know it is also antibacterial too from the hospital soap mixed in.
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
Nice idea, the mesh bag probably also helps defoliate skin, too!
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 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.
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.
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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.
If you work outside in the yard, put the small pieces of soap in one of those net bags that onions, etc, come in and tie it around the outside faucet. You have soap and water handy to clean your hands.
Another way to use the small pieces of soap is to put them in a net bag (like onions, oranges, etc come in) and then tie another bag at each end of the one which contains the soap and you have a good back scrubber next time you take a shower..
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!
What can I do with old slivers of bars of soap?
By Janice from Hays, KS
Put them in a piece of old panty hose leg, Tie a knot and use. Like soap on a rope without the rope.
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!
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
My sister used to wrap her bars in leftover gift wrap. They can also be stored in zipper sandwich bags.
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.
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
Koren,Theresa & Patsy both have good ideas but mine is closer to Patsy's.My Mother use to put those same broken up pieces in the oven on 250º (in an old pan or pot)and let the warm oven melt the soap,cool and then cut into bars. Just keep on saving those pieces 'til winter and also help warm your home!!! Jackie
You can also use a regular liquid soap dispenser and add glass marbles regular of decorative to the dispenser. add a little water and soap slivers. shake aafter soap gets soft to mix.
Can I melt pieces of soap into big bars of soap in the microwave? Thank you.
By Terry from PA
There are oodles of different ideas, including using the microwave, if you scroll down on this page to the ThriftyFun archives below. :-)
I have a jar full of soap jelly made from leftover toilet soap. How can I use it now?
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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)
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)
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 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)
What can I do with all the leftover pieces of soap in the shower?
What can you do with small pieces of soap besides put on big pieces of soap?
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...
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.