By Janice from Hays, KS
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.
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!
Put them in a piece of old panty hose leg, Tie a knot and use. Like soap on a rope without the rope.
The soap ball is one clever idea, here's what I do with those pieces of soap. Like you I don't throw them away, I keep them in a qt. jar, one they are somewhat different to look at; two, something to collect those pieces to turn into a soap ball or bar and I also use them in my laundry. I take a cheap (thin) washcloth, sew up the ends, leaving the side open to sew some velcro for a open/closure; place a couple of those pieces of soap inside, close & drop into the laundry. You can do the same thing with homemade lye soap as well. Its like added power. The soap bar can have a cotton rope hanging from it & use it in camping.
Well my mom used to do this but I don't remember if it worked but you can try to put it in the oven and I think it makes some kind of gooie substance the you take it outside and let it harden the it will be a play dough like thing.
ps. Remember I said I don't remember so be careful.
Here is a post that I submitted of how to make soap balls. I never throw left over soap away, I use it to the very end.
An inventive way would be to melt all the little pieces of left over soap with about 3 tablespoons of distilled water, add any desired food coloring if desired or even any oil essence such as rose or Jasmin, for example. Then pour the now liquid soap into containers with some sort of decorative shape that has been oiled a little.
Another is to let the soap cool a little and make balls the size of golf balls around some sting and you've made soap on the string. There is so much you can make with different colored soap and use it to make decorative soaps for your bathroom or even to smell up closets. Another option is to use brown grainy sugar in your soap too to use as an exfoliator later on.
I take all my small pieces of soap and put them in a microwavable safe container and melt them in the microwave. Remove. Then pour them in a container. They will harden as they cool. Remove them from the container and you have a whole bar of soap. You want to use a small container, so the soap will be easy to hold in one hand when you bathe. If it is difficult to remove the soap, put the bowl in hot water for a couple of minutes.
By Tracey from Thomasville, GA
What I do is take one of those pump bottles that liquid soap originally came in and break the pieces of soap up even more so they will fit inside the bottle. Add some water and shake well. You shouldn't have to get any more liquid soap for a while.
By Tracy in Watauga, TX
You can put all the small pieces of soap into a mesh type bag (garlic and onions come in an open type mesh) that you get when you buy different produce. One end is usually sewn shut. I use a type of bread clip for the other end. This has worked better than a pantyhose, because it allows the soap to dry.
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