Save those little slivers of soap

Save those little slivers of soap

Recycling soap saves money.

If you are anything like me, you'll feel like you are losing money when your soap gets down to an unmanageable sliver. Tossing it in the trash feels like a waste. I decided to do a little research to see if there was anything I could do with those last bits of soap that are too hard to handle. Turns out there are several things you can do.

Make a new bar of soap. Store the leftover bits in gallon size plastic zipper bag until you have enough to make new bars of soap. Simply grate the pieces up and melt them over a double boiler. Grease a soap mold or a silicone muffin pan and pour your liquid soap in there. Set aside to cool and set. Now you have a new bar of soap that is easy to handle.
Make a soap squeegee. Find a mesh bag or a pair of nylons you no longer need. Place a few soap slivers in the end of the bag and tie a knot above them. You can use this in the shower to lather up and scrub your body.

Make laundry detergent. I make my own laundry detergent at home. There are only four ingredients necessary to do this: water, washing soda, Borax, and liquid castile soap. Once I have enough soap slivers, I'll just grate the slivers down and use them in place of the liquid castile soap. Many families that make their own laundry detergent prefer to use grated soap anyway.

Use as a pest deterrent. Some people like to place old soap in a pair of nylon stockings and hang them around their yard to deter pests. I've never tried this myself so I can't vouch that it actually works. Since others swear by it, I thought it was worth adding in case you want to give it a try.