Thursday, 4 February 2010

I ♥ soap

Right, if you're like us and use bars of soap, you will probably have come to a similar problem: near the end of its life, the bar invariably snaps in half, making it quite impractical to use. Not one to be defeated, Boyfriend came up with a good idea. And. It. Works. Honestly, you have to try this, you'll be amazed!

To carry out the amazing task of using every last bit of bars of soap, you will need:

  • a pair of scissors and some leftover dry bits of soap (the 'dry' bit is important here, it will make your job a lot easier and a whole lot less messier later on)
  • an empty container - I got this from this shop in London, it's ideal as it's got a nozzle, but you could use a shop bought one once it's empy

Method

Step 1: cut all your soap in tiny chunks (or rather, get your helpful assistant to do it!) - this is where the 'dry' bit comes in. If the soap is dry, it'll be a lot easier to cut in tiny chunks, instead of turning into goo...


Step 2: fill your container with the soap and add warm water - sorry for the state of my container, but it's been used for this very purpose before!! You don't need to put too much soap in, as you can see...


Step 3: shake vigorously until the soap has dissolved


And ta-dah!!! Job done! You've got some wonderful creamy hand soap!

The following problem might occur: the soap starts to solidify and clogs up the tube linked to the pump mechanism. An easy way to deal with this is to immerse the container is some hot water, the soap will dissove again fairly quickly, and bob's your uncle! Voila!!

11 comments:

The Girl said...

There's only one word for that.

RESOURCEFUL!

Jennifer said...

Great idea, use up every last drop.

The Garden Bell said...

Seriously, what a clever idea.

Such a sweet posting today. Charming. Off to catch up on your last few. I've been away for a few days and have so much to catch up on

Hugs,
Kate - The Garden Bell

I think I can, I think I can, I think I can...

Rachel said...

What a great tip - thrifty and eco-friendly!
Rx

pymette said...

Oh! Thanks for the good idea!
leanna x

Liz said...

Genius - if it's white soap you can also grate it into soapflakes for washing your woollens.

Maddi Makes... said...

A-MA-ZING! you're so thrifty love your work! x

Petit Filoux said...

Liz, love the grating idea!! I must say I didn't do the cutting bit, and I heard Boyfriend moaning, saying his fingers hurt! So maybe some grating action for next time! Thanks for all your lovely comments! xx

Diane said...

I do love a thrifty top tip!! Ages ago, Bettaware used to make a receptacle that you popped your old bits of soap in. When you had enough, it turned them into a new full bar! I dont know if they still do it, but a thify Aunt of mine used to have one, and she's just bought house in Spain! xxxxx

amanda said...

How inspired! I have to try this - thanks for the tip!

Monica said...

genius!!

that was the reason I stopped using bars of soap in the first of place... that and the fact the boys kept dropping it all over the bathroom floor!