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Using Leftover Pieces of Soap

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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.


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By 12 found this helpful
June 27, 2012

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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By 10 found this helpful
November 15, 2010

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.

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By 7 found this helpful
March 2, 2007

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!


By sheila

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January 7, 2008

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.

By Marjorie

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By 4 found this helpful
August 22, 2012

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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By 2 found this helpful
February 4, 2008

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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By 1 found this helpful
May 28, 2012

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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May 31, 20111 found this helpful

What can I do with leftover pieces of soap? Can they be microwaved and reformed?

By Julie L.


June 2, 20111 found this helpful

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!

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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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By 0 found this helpful
December 25, 2009

What can I do with old slivers of bars of soap?

By Janice Urban from Hays, KS


December 26, 20090 found this helpful

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.


http://www.thri  8097137.tip.html

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December 26, 20090 found this helpful

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.

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December 26, 20091 found this helpful

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.

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December 26, 20090 found this helpful

Put them in a piece of old panty hose leg, Tie a knot and use. Like soap on a rope without the rope.

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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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By 0 found this helpful
October 5, 2005

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


By Theresa (Guest Post)
October 5, 20050 found this helpful

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! :-)

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By Patsy (Guest Post)
October 5, 20051 found this helpful

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.

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October 6, 20050 found this helpful

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

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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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By (Guest Post)
October 8, 20052 found this helpful

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.
or phone 1-800-810-2340. product # 409000
Liquid Soap Maker (set of 2) $11.95.

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May 5, 20120 found this helpful

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.


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By 0 found this helpful
June 18, 2010

After making bars of soap from pieces, how should they be stored?

By chris from Cumming, GA


June 19, 20100 found this helpful

My sister used to wrap her bars in leftover gift wrap. They can also be stored in zipper sandwich bags.

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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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September 30, 20120 found this helpful

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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By 5 found this helpful
February 5, 2011

Can I melt pieces of soap into big bars of soap in the microwave? Thank you.

By Terry L. L. from PA


February 13, 20110 found this helpful

There are oodles of different ideas, including using the microwave, if you scroll down on this page to the ThriftyFun archives below. :-)

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February 14, 20110 found this helpful

I've never melted soap ends, but what I have done is taken the ends and pieces and tied them up in a nylon mesh and made a 'scrubbie' out of it. It's great and foams up like you wouldn't believe!

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October 29, 20140 found this helpful

I have a jar full of soap jelly made from leftover toilet soap. How can I use it now?

By Marian

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June 26, 20180 found this helpful

Those last tiny slivers of soap are perfect for adding to the inside of your exfoliating glove, using them for one final cleansing task. This is a guide about add pieces of soap to exfoliating glove.

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February 5, 20110 found this helpful

Can I melt small pieces of bath soap in microwave oven and make one big bar?

By Phyllis Matthews from Tulsa, OK


Reusing Leftover Soap Pieces

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.


By Julia

Reusing Leftover Soap Pieces

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)

By Kathryen

Reusing Leftover Soap Pieces

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)

By Fran

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November 15, 20100 found this helpful

How do you recycle bar soap pieces? Thank you in advance.

By Barbara from TX


Using Leftover Soap Pieces

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)

By christi

Using Leftover Soap Pieces

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)

By tahlula

Using Leftover Soap Pieces

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)

By Diane

Using Leftover Soap Pieces

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)

By debbie

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August 20, 20100 found this helpful

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 Emma Thebeau from Moncton, NB


Reusing Leftover Soap Pieces

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)

By Sharon Stone Gibson

Reusing Leftover Soap Pieces

I put the leftovers in a little mesh bag and use them up that way. (05/25/2010)

By Linda Jones

Reusing Leftover Soap Pieces

You can also put the small soap pieces in an old nylon stocking. It lathers up really well. (05/31/2010)

By Suntydt

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May 24, 20100 found this helpful

How do you make one bar of soap from small pieces?

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April 20, 20100 found this helpful

What can I do with all the leftover pieces of soap in the shower?

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October 27, 20090 found this helpful

What can you do with small pieces of soap besides put on big pieces of soap?

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