By Karina | March 25, 2009
One of the Tiny Choices I’ve been making for a while is to only use bar soap when I can – there’s far less waste, and it’s easy to find lots of lovely local handmade soaps out there to try. Of course, I do end up with lots of soap slivers as the bar wears down, and it’s hard to use them up entirely before they get think and slippery and you lose them down the drain. Plus, I’ve got a few tail ends of shampoo bars lying around, and a couple of bars that just didn’t work out for me – and as I clean out my bathroom cabinets I’ve been finding lots of travel sized soaps that were liberated from hotel rooms.
Right now I’m at the end of yet another bar of soap, and I’d like to figure out how to use up these slivers in some way. Plus, I noticed this “bar soap to liquid soap” converter in the Vermont Country Store catalog recently (I LOVE this catalog, it’s my absolute favorite). The catalog says:
Here’s a thrifty idea: recycling your collection of soap slivers into liquid soap, for all kinds of uses. Just add soap slivers to the container and the reusable beads help liquefy them… Add soap slivers to container, add warm water as needed, add pack of beads, shake to blend.
Unfortunately, the container is polypropelyne and those reusable beads (weird!) are polystyrene. Plus there’s a couple of currently unused liquid soap dispensers running around my house, so I really don’t need to acquire any more. I took a look to see what the internet said, and found a few ways to make bar soap slivers into dish soap – either by soaking the soap in water and then blending, or by boiling in water until it was softened and liquid. (Both of these methods remind me a little of the dish soap recipe I found, actually, and I wonder if it would be a better way to go about making dish soap.)
There’s also instructions for making new bars of soap from old, and Treehugger posted a prototype for a soap sliver holder that will lather up – I’m not sure if it’s been made yet, but you couldjust stick your soap slivers into an old nylon and hang it near your sink as well.
I’m leaning towards saving the slivers and melting them the low-tech (i.e., soaking and then blending) way into some liquid soap. Hopefully it will be wildly successful!
Have you found a way to use up your soap slivers? Tell us your experiance!
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