Using Leftover Pieces of Soap

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.


June 27, 2012 Flag
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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

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June 29, 20120 found this helpful

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.

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November 15, 2010 Flag
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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.

February 17, 20160 found this helpful

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.

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August 22, 2012 Flag
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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.

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March 2, 2007 Flag
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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.

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January 7, 2008 Flag

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.

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March 25, 2015 Flag
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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.

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May 31, 2011 Flag
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What can I do with leftover pieces of soap? Can they be microwaved and reformed?

By Julie L.

June 3, 20110 found this helpful

Or just keep them in a plastic travel soap container until you have enough to melt and reform into a bar.

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May 5, 2012 Flag
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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, 20120 found this helpful

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!

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December 25, 2009 Flag
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What can I do with old slivers of bars of soap?

By Janice from Hays, KS

December 28, 20090 found this helpful

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!

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April 26, 20131 found this helpful

September 30, 2012 Flag
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How can I use up old bits of soap? Perhaps make into fresh bars to use. Any other suggestions?

By Sandra

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October 1, 20120 found this helpful

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.

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June 18, 2010 Flag
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After making bars of soap from pieces, how should they be stored?

By Chris from Cumming, GA

June 23, 20101 found this helpful

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.

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July 28, 20150 found this helpful

October 5, 2005 Flag
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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?

Thank You,
Koren form Virgin Islands

October 6, 20050 found this helpful

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.

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October 8, 20051 found this helpful

February 4, 2008 Flag
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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.

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May 28, 2012 Flag
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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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