Buy your favourite soap when it's on special and store it in your linen closet amongst your towels and bed linen. You can slip any small hotel soaps in there as well.
All your soap ideas are good ones, and I've been
using them for years. Now, here's one that you
may have overlooked, but it's one of the best ever.
When you pack away seasonal clothing, extra bedding, etc, always include a bar of sweet-smelling
soap with it. When you unpack the clothing or
bedding to use, it will be as nice and fresh as when you packed it away.
I packed away a lot of clothing back in the 70's. I'd
put all that a good plastic bag would hold easily, and
added in a couple bars of TONE soap, then sealed the bags up, and put them in storage boxes.
I just unpacked those boxes when we last moved
about a year ago, and I was amazed to find them
in the same condition as when I packed them.
Clean, and fresh...not at all stale or with a packed-
away odor. I did have to do a bit of pressing though.
TONE is our favorite bath and hand soap, but you
could probably use your favorite with the same
good results. Try it and see.
Best to all,
Julia in Orlando, FL
Does the soap have to be unwrapped for it to harden while it is stored?
Those perfume or cologne sample strips found in your favorite magazines can be put in your lingerie drawers, as well as an emptied bottle of your cologne, to freshen up the scent in your closet, or luggage. Dryer sheets work well, too.
I've used soap for scenting closed in places, too. I find that it gets all dried out & loses it scent after a while.
Hi Again Everyone,
Since I've always unwrapped the soap bars prior
to using them in any way, I'm not sure that they
would harden as quickly if left wrapped, but if the packaging was not completely airtight, I'd think they would harden even if it took longer. We can buy the
French-milled soaps at most fine department and
specialty shops, but be prepared to pay at least twice as much for the 3-4 ounce bars. French-milled
soaps have a lot more of the moisture removed prior to marketing, so are already "hardened" off.
If your soap loses its fragrance while stored, just
grab a potato peeler and shave off a bit of the
soap all around. The scent has been "locked in"
by the hardening, so expose its surface again,
and you'll have your fragrance as fresh as new.
I keep a bar of my favorite TONE soap in my sewing
box, and use it to "wax" needles or pins which tend
to be less sharp sometimes. I don't think it sharpens them at all, but it will certainly make using
them a lot easier as they seem to just go right into
fabric etc. In the days of diaper pins, there was no
better friend than a good bar of soap for getting
those pins to work easily.
This exhange of ideas has caused me to wonder if
a bar of soap placed under the front seat of the car
might not be a great way to keep a nice fresh scent
in a closed-up car. I'm going to try it. It might melt in this Florida heat. :(
Thanks for all the great ideas.
All the best,
Julia in Orlando, FL
YOU MAY NOT BELEIVE THIS BUT.....I PUT A BAR AT THE FOOT OF MY BED, BETWEEN THE MATTRESS AND SHEET ,FOR LEG CRAMPS. IT REALLY WORKS, THE ONES THAT I HAVE TOLD ABOUT IT LAUGHED BUT TRIED IT AND CAME BACK SEVERAL DAYS LATER AND THANKED ME. TRY IT IF YOU HAVE LEG CRAMPS FOR A FEW WEEKS IT WONT COST YOU ANYTHING AND YOU WILL BE GLAD YOU DID.
This is why I love this website. I have thought about some of these ideas but there is always a learning curve. Thanks for everybody that posts. Will try the bar of soap for my legs. Would be interesting if it works.
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