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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
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.
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. Or melt them down without water and pour into greased jar lids or anything you want to use for the a mold and you have new bars of 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. If not, break them up with a knife, sprinkle pieces with warm water; let sit 15 minutes to soften.
Gather up a handful and squeeze into a ball shape. It will take from two days to two weeks to completely cure in a warm, dry area. Reshape every two days to maintain a round shape. Don't worry about irregularities; they will lend interest to your soap.
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
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.
By Ceil from Tavares, FL
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.
Fold a washcloth in half and sew two of the three sides. Toss you soap slivers in there and use it as a self soaping scrubbie!
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!
What can I do with old slivers of bars of soap?
By Janice from Hays, KS
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
Hi there! I have an idea for your extra slivers of soap- I always stick that sliver on top of the new bar of soap (wet of course) and it melts right in. You never have to worry about putting all those little guys together! :-)
All you need to do is keep any nice little dish around to put the extra little pieces of soap in....when the dish (maybe a dessert dish) is full...microwave it altogether for a few seconds...keep doing that until you can shape it all into a new bar of soap...very easy to do.
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.
I've had a "soap saver" from Harriet Carter for years. It is very handy way to use all those little pieces of soap.
I found another source. www.ShopHomeTrends.com
or phone 1-800-810-2340. product # 409000
Liquid Soap Maker (set of 2) $11.95.
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.
When my soap starts getting too small to use, I get a new bar, then place the smaller piece(s) on it while both are still wet. The pieces may fall apart once or twice, but after a day or so, they'll stay together and form a larger bar of soap.
I've been doing this for years, and it helps me use every bit of soap.
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!
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.
How can I use up old bits of soap? Perhaps make into fresh bars to use. Any other suggestions?
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.