8 Ways to Use Those Last Bits of Bar Soap

What do you do when you get to the bottom of your bar of soap? Do you toss that last little sliver in the trash? Most people do, but imagine all those little slivers piled up over weeks, over months, over the years … the decades! Thereís a lot of money to be saved if you can find a way to scavenge those scraps of soap. Try these ideas:

1. The simplest solution and perhaps the most obvious: Just stick the sliver to the bottom of your next bar. Use a bit of water to seal it. Nothing fancy here, but it totally works.

2. Save the slivers up and then turn them into a brand new bar. Once youíve collected enough scraps, you can re-form them to create an entirely new mutant chimera bar. There are many different ways to do this, all of them relatively easy, each of which involves a slightly different technique. So Google around a bit and find yourself a well-rated recipe.

3. Make a self-soaping cloth by wrapping a small assortment of soap scraps in a wash cloth, and tying it shut with a piece of string to create a sort of sachet. Keep it in the shower for quick and easy scrubbing action.

4. Save your scraps and stuff them into the toe of an old pair of pantyhose, tie it up, and hang it near your outside faucet. This is a great way to guarantee youíll have soap on-hand for when youíre finishing up a day in the garden, or doing some other outdoor dirty work. Bonus: Like the self-soaping wash cloth, the pantyhose will help to create a lather.

5. You can also use this soap-on-a-rope trick to keep pests like deer away from your garden and fruit trees. As above, just drop a few soap slivers into the toe of an old pair of pantyhose, tie it up, and hang it from whatever plant youíre trying to protect. The soapy smell will keep those critters away.

6. Did you know you can make homemade laundry detergent? Place a collection of completely-dried soap scraps into a food processor and grind them to a crumbly powder. In a large bowl, combine 2 parts washing soda, 2 parts borax, and 1 part soap crumbles. Mix thoroughly and store in a mason jar. Use 2 tbsp. per load of laundry.

7. You can also turn your old bar soap scraps into brand-new liquid hand soap. The process involves cooking down the soap with glycerin and essential oils. It’s a bit more work, but it’s a fun DIY project.

8. And finally, keep a sliver of soap in your sewing or craft kit. Itís perfect for scoring a seam or otherwise marking the fabric. Since the soap washes out so easily, it makes an ideal replacement for tailorís chalk.

Do you save your soap slivers or toss them away? Any other fun ideas of how to use them? Share in the comments!

Sayward Rebhal writes about Portland, OR remodeling and green home issues for Networx.



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Liling O4 years ago

Tip Number 5 and 6 is very useful!

Day R.
Day R4 years ago

Cool... thank you

Gabriella Bertelmann
G Bertelmann5 years ago

Great advice, thank you!

Emma S.
Emma S5 years ago

Thanks for these - I always do number 1, but may well be having a go at some of the others.

Carolyn P.
Carolyn P5 years ago

And if you don't have old pantyhose to use as in No. 4, try using the little mesh drawstring bag that comes with washing machine tablets for your small pieces of soap. Its ready strung, so handy for a bathtap or the shower.

Toni P
Antonia Plick5 years ago

I've been doing the #1 for so long, it works perfectly. I really never understood why anybody would throw out the soap slivers. It's wasteful. For the posters who say they don't have the time to do these things, honestly, how much time does it take to add an old sliver to a new bar? Just wet both, slap the old sliver onto the new bar and smoosh it a bit, and it sticks.

Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia5 years ago

I always add the last bit to a new bar of soap.

Elsie Hovav
Elsie Hovav5 years ago

Lovely and useful article. Thank you

Emma Rose
Emma Rose5 years ago

I made a foam soap out of bar of soap.... this way my bar of soap is not contaminated......I saved my empty foam pump.

Ann B.
Ann B5 years ago

thanks for sharing - great info