Monday, June 15, 2009

Is it Soap Yet?

YES, it is soap! I'm posting this on both of my blogs, because this is something I've been trying to figure out for a long time. What to do with all those little bits of soap that your frugal tendencies won't let you throw away? I've Googled it and found a few ideas, but I decided to try something and it looks like it's going to work!

I saved up soap chips for a while and then I took and grated them with a cheese grater. When you grate soap, some of it's chunky and some it turns to a finer powder, but it doesn't matter as long as the pieces are small. These are bits of Dove and Ivory.

Once grated, put it all into a bowl and add a tiny amount of water. Just enough to make the bits so they'll bind together. You may want to wear some latex gloves for this. After you mix it, let it rest for a couple of hours and some of the moisture will evaporate. If you get it too wet, let it sit longer.

Scoop the mixture out with your fingers and shape it into whatever shape you like. Compress it tightly so that all the pieces bind together nicely. Knead it together really well, and set them out on a piece of wax paper and let them dry out more. The more they dry out the more like a bar of soap they will become.

Below are the first ones I made. They're a bit rough and primitive, but they work wonderfully and being that they are round, I bet they can be used in the shower until they are pretty small and won't break in half like a regular rectangular bar of soap would. For the next batch, I'll smooth them out more.

Give this a try. It really works and you can do your part to avoid soap waste!

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