Using Leftover Pieces of Soap

June 27, 2012

slivers of soap in dishI 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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November 15, 2010

When bars of hand soap are almost finished, getting the small remnants to stick together properly can be a pain, and they certainly do not look quite right for use in the guest bathroom.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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, 2011

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

By Julie L.


June 2, 20114 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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December 25, 2009

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

By Janice Urban from Hays, KS


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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.

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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, 20091 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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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, 20053 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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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, 2012

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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June 18, 2010

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

By chris from Cumming, GA

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September 30, 2012

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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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

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October 29, 2014

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, 2018

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 page about add pieces of soap to exfoliating glove.

Women using exfoliating glove on legs.

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