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#1 of 11 Old 01-02-2009, 02:02 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I'd hate to throw away those little end pieces of soap, but they're really cluttering up my bathroom.

Is there any way to melt them together into one larger bar of soap that will look nice in a soapdish by the bathroom sink (and be easy to handle), without spending any money on "soapmaking supplies"?

Due to kosher concerns, I don't want to heat up soap in a pot that gets used for food.

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I don't know about heating them up but I once saw a suggestion to tie them up nicely in a piece of cheesecloth and use them that way.

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Can't you just use them as you normally would?

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I always just attach the small sliver to the next new bar of soap. If you make some scratches on both the old and the new soaps with your finger nail, they should press together. As you use them, they will "become one".
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I always just attach the small sliver to the next new bar of soap. If you make some scratches on both the old and the new soaps with your finger nail, they should press together. As you use them, they will "become one".
This is what I normally do.

However, you could use a glass bowl and melt the soap in the microwave or on a double boiler and pour into some sort of a mold. (empty 1/2 & 1/2 containers do well, and then peel off the carton and cut the soap block in half.)

I've also put scraps od soap in old body puffs, just cut the piece that holds it all together and you have a long mesh "sock". I cut a long sock and then double knot the top and bottom and use in the shower.

Or you could do a Anne Frank diary throw back, toss all the scraps into a dish of water and wait for it to disolve. You now have liquid soap. (Or in Anne Frank's world she gave as shampoo for a present)
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I always just attach the small sliver to the next new bar of soap. If you make some scratches on both the old and the new soaps with your finger nail, they should press together. As you use them, they will "become one".
I do something similar with my shampoo bars. I wait til I have 2-3 slivers/pieces & put those together. I just put them in the shower before I wash & then at the end of the shower they are soft & warm enough to squish together as kamilla626 suggested.
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Yea, I just squish them together with the new bar. I do it after using the new bar, and just get them wet and squish them together. Once they dry out they usually become one.

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I put them in one of those handy loofa soap "sacks" they sell at wal-mart.

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I put them in the little mesh bag that garlic comes in and tie it closed. Makes a nice body scrubber to use in the shower.
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I put them in a glass pump bottle filled with water and they become our handsoap.

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I put them in a glass pump bottle filled with water and they become our handsoap.
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I have done this to but I found that the consistency was sometimes "uneven", or worse yet a little slimey. Then I got the idea to use a foaming pump bottle. Also, I use some plastic beads, with a fairly large hole in the middle, to agitate the soap mixture. The consistency is more ... consistent, so to speak and it's never slimey.

I do something similar with an old Dawn concentrated foaming dish detergent pump bottle, without the mixing beads. I save a lot of money on refills by using regular Dawn concentrated dish detergent and watering it down. The water to detergent ratio is pretty high.

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