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Old 10-12-2012, 01:59 AM   #1
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What to do with leftover bar soap?

You know after taking so many showers and you end up with little slivers of soap left? Wasn't there a thing way back when that you could put those slivers of soap into and it made like hand soap or something like that?

We are not body wash kind of people. We like the traditional bar of soap, so with a family of four we end up with a lot of extra soap that you can't really use once you get down to the last little bit of the bar. I'd like to be able to use it up somehow instead of just throwing it away.

Any ideas?
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Old 10-12-2012, 02:06 AM   #2
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We use them at camp, but I guess you could really do it anywhere you want to.

We use a handful of those lil slivers, we get a pack of 99 cent, knee high panty hose, put the slivers down in the toe and tie a knot at the ankle.

Then we wrap and tie the "leg" portion around the sink faucet. It keeps the soap at the sink, the soap dosen't sit in the sink and get soft, the panty hose makes it work up a nice lather, and then because it hangs from a faucet, it dries between uses.

I guess you could pretty much do the same thing in the shower. It would be a like a luffa with built in soap !
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Old 10-12-2012, 02:39 AM   #3
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At a certain size, I just stick the sliver to a new bar of soap. Never have to throw it away. It's quite easy with Dial soap.
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Old 10-12-2012, 05:45 AM   #4
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Old 10-12-2012, 06:03 AM   #5
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At a certain size, I just stick the sliver to a new bar of soap. Never have to throw it away.
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Old 10-12-2012, 07:20 AM   #6
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At a certain size, I just stick the sliver to a new bar of soap. Never have to throw it away. It's quite easy with Dial soap.
This morning, a fairly new bar of soap is sitting in the shower with a lumpy middle on both sides, old slivers stuck to it. One side was down a bit so I stuck another sliver on it. I thought just this morning, wonder if anyone else does this?

The bars get used up in the middle more rapidly, and thus when it is small enough, it breaks in half. Adding the old half pieces to the newer bar keeps the middle built up so they don't break in half.

The only problem with this is..... The 8 year old likes to pick at things and she picks at the soap I am trying to "melt" into the newer bar of soap, LOL.

I was having a huge problem early on when my eyes were screaming in burning pain when I put my contacts in after washing my hands in the morning. It was the liquid soap I was using. Now I keep one of these broken half bars at the sink to use for pre-contact-eye-puttin-in hand washing.
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Old 10-12-2012, 07:45 AM   #7
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At a certain size, I just stick the sliver to a new bar of soap. Never have to throw it away. It's quite easy with Dial soap.
exactly what we do. It is still good soap and doesn't take much before it is just part of the new soap no matter what soap you are using.
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Old 10-12-2012, 07:48 AM   #8
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My loofa has a little place to put soap inside so I do that. I still use a body wash in conjunction with the left overs because I like to "rinse clean".
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I just throw it away.
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At a certain size, I just stick the sliver to a new bar of soap. Never have to throw it away. It's quite easy with Dial soap.
That's what I do.
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My DH swears that the last little bit of soap isn't as soapy as the rest of the bar and refuses to use it, he throws it away. He is nuts if you ask me! I just stick it to the new bar.
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Old 10-12-2012, 11:45 AM   #13
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I just use it up. When it gets to the sliver stage, I grab a new bar and finish the old bar up and then move on to the new.

My dad used to collect the old bars of Sweetheart soap at our motel (eww) and cut them down and then run them through a grinder and put into a round mold of some sort and he'd use them. They looked like a big rice cake! Anyway, too gross for me to use someone else's soap even though he trimmed around on them. He could not bear to waste all that soap, lol

Now, I think there is a "business" that collects used soap from motels/hotels and does this sort of thing and sends them to country would are thrilled to have any soap at all. Great thinking on someone's part!!
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At a certain size, I just stick the sliver to a new bar of soap. Never have to throw it away. It's quite easy with Dial soap.
Me, too. Works with Dove soap (or any soap, I'd image).
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You know after taking so many showers and you end up with little slivers of soap left? Wasn't there a thing way back when that you could put those slivers of soap into and it made like hand soap or something like that?

We are not body wash kind of people. We like the traditional bar of soap, so with a family of four we end up with a lot of extra soap that you can't really use once you get down to the last little bit of the bar. I'd like to be able to use it up somehow instead of just throwing it away.

Any ideas?
Yes, years ago I bought a soap dispenser from the Miles Kimball catalog. It has beads inside that turn soap slivers and water into nice liquid soap. I've used it for years. Don't know if they still sell that, but maybe you could poke around on the Miles Kimball website.
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