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My ex-husband is a pilot, and I asked him to start bringing home hotel soap for a project I needed to accomplish with my children. He got into the habit and over the years we found many uses for those little soap bars. At the time of the divorce we did have a rather large assortment of hotel soap, I got custody of in the divorce. Just about every household has to deal with small leftover pieces of soap and now, you need to stretch the budget a bit. Stop tossing and start collecting those leftover soap pieces around the house, here are some creative money saving ideas you can try. First store the entire hotel unused bars and the small pieces in separate airtight containers.
1 Keep Soap in Your Sewing Box: The thin slivers work great for marking a seam, or make an X on the material. It washes off very easily.
2 Stop that irritant: Rub over itchy seams made by thick thread or tags. Just rub it over the itchy spot and it smooth’s it so it won’t irritate your skin.
3 Make an Old Zipper Work Like New: Rub the bar on both sides (if possible) of the zipper a few times then zip and unzip repeat until zipper runs freely.
4 Take to the Gym: Place a plastic bag with a little soap bar in your gym bag for your used clothing to go in. This tip will keep them from smelling too much.
5 Outdoor, in the Garage, or Shop: Make a sturdy soap bag for washing your hands after working on a dirty job. Cut off a leg from the knee down of the non-run leg of a pair of panty hose of a clean old pair of pantyhose, Drop in a some of the soap bits and tie off the top end closed. Hang the bag near the sink the work area, outside, or garage. Just wet the soap bag and roll it between your hands.
6 Loofah: For your next loofa get one with a pocket spot to put a bar of soap. Instead of using a full bar, put a few of the small bits of soap in the pocket.
7 Drawer Freshener: You can always use them in your drawers to keep your clothes fresh.
8 Scrub Away: Buy packages of thin nylon scrubbing pads, about 4″ x 5″ each, most Dollar stores have plenty to choose from. Fold one end up and sew the side edges, making a nice little pocket. Put the soap scraps in the pocket and tuck the other end of the scrubber in. Just moisten and scrub away.
9 Stain Remover: Place bits of soap in a plastic container add water and let the soap soften. Use solution for stain removal. The hand soap cuts grease, dirt, etc. from our hands, so why wouldn’t it for our clothes?
10 Laundry Power Booster: Take thin washrag, sew up the ends, leaving the side open to sew some Velcro to be able to open/close it; place a piece soap inside, and drop into the laundry.
11 Take them Camping: Take another cheap (thin) washcloth, this time make the cloth into a draw string bag that can be opened and closed at will. This great to take on a camping trip, just place several pieces of soap in the bag and seal it with the string.
12 Add a Bottle Cap: In the old days, people used to place a metal bottle cap in the soap. Then, put a magnet on the bathroom wall and put the soap on it. The bottle cap helped get more use out of the soap because it was easier to handle than a little piece without a bottle cap and this method would keep the soap dry too.
13 Assist with Wood Screws: Simply roll and rub the threads of the screw along the surface of the soap then screw into place.
14 Soap Mitt: They have mitts with a soap pocket online. Pop small pieces in the pocket instead of a big bar.
15 Add the Old to the New: A time-honored way to reuse soap is to simply attach the old fragment to the new bar. Wet the new bar slightly and apply the fragment to the larger bar. Wrap the newly made bar in plastic wrap and microwave on low heat for about 20 seconds. This should allow the piece and the new bar to create a strong bond. Getting two bars to stick together properly can be a pain, and more often than not they will tend to fall apart, anyway. This little trick of putting them in the microwave really helps.
16 “Soap on a Rope”: Put the slivers of soap into the bottom of a non-run pantyhose leg, tie and hang in the shower.
17 Exfoliating the Skin: Runs a drawstring through holes in the netting to make bags to hold soap. This will have the additional benefit of exfoliating the skin.
18 Help Leg Cramps: Place Irish Spring soap pieces under your sheet, directly where your legs will be. Many people say doing this they do not get leg cramps anymore. I am not sure about this one, but I have friends that swear it works. The one that works for me and leg cramps is to drink tonic water, it contains quinine and quinine helps with cramps.
19 Soap Balls: Sort your colors of soap so like colors are together, or you’ll end up with an ugly colored ball. Place scraps in a bowl, break them up or run through the blender, sprinkle pieces with warm water; and let them sit for about 15 minutes to soften. Start making your balls and squeeze as you make your ball shape. It will take about two weeks to completely cure in a warm, dry area. You may need to shape every few days to maintain a round shape.
20 Liquid Soap:
Place the soap pieces (that would equal one bar of soap) into a blender with a little bit of water, then blend but no more than 20 seconds some people use a grater but the blender is much easier on your fingers. Plus you don’t get the soap particles in the air like the grater method.
Add a little freshly squeezed lemon juice or juice from a bottle.
Add a capful of glycerin
Add about 2 cups hot water and mix
Place mixture in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 2 or 3 minutes.
Cool then pour into a hand soap pump container the foaming soap dispensers work great for this.
21 Glycerin Soap:
Buy a container of glycerin soap from any craft store. The kind that can be melted in the microwave seems to be the easiest. Find a soap form such as a small oblong plastic container. Pour in a thin layer of melted glycerin soap, now a layer of leftover bits of bar soap, add more melted soap. Alternate layers ending with melted soap. Spray alcohol on the pieces you place into the glycerin. This will help it bind together better and prevent bubbles around the edges.
22 Soap Recipes:
Oatmeal Soap Recipe
1 cup Soap Chips
8 (oz). Shea or cocoa butter or Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons Shea butter
1 Tablespoon cocoa butter
2 Tablespoons finely ground oatmeal Or Aveeno
No more than 1 Tablespoon rose geranium essential oil
Melt the about 1 cup soap chips over a double boiler. For a quicker melt run the soap through the blender to break the pieces down. Then add the Shea butter and cocoa butter and heat until melted. Do not boil! Remove from heat add the oatmeal, continue stirring, make sure everything mixes well. Lastly, add the essential oil and stir. Pour into soap molds and let set. After the soaps set a bit put the molds into the freezer for 10 to 20 minutes. The really helps the soaps pop out of the molds easy!
Ground Coffee Soap
1cup soap chips
1/4 cup olive oil
10 teaspoon ground coffee
1 teaspoon powdered milk
2 teaspoons of coffee fragrance oil
2 teaspoons peppermint oil
Melt the about 1 cup soap chips over a double boiler. For a quicker melt run the soap through the blender to break the pieces down. Then add olive oil and heat until melted. Do not boil! Remove from heat add coffee and powdered milk, continue stirring, make sure everything mixes well. Lastly, add the essential oil and stir. Pour into desired soap molds and let set. After the soaps set a bit put the molds into the freezer for 10 to 20 minutes. The really helps the soaps pop out of the molds easy!
The ideas for soaps are only limited by your imagination. Here are some add in ideas for you
Some believe unused coffee grounds assist cellulite reduction, dried lemon, peppermint, orange peel, oatmeal, dried pumpkin spice or flakes are reported to be good for exfoliating, etc. Essential oils that work well are lavender or citrus.
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Originally posted 2013-03-20 07:01:41. Republished by Blog Post Promoter