What to Do with Your Soap Bits part 2

What do you do when you get to the bottom of your bar of Sandlapper soap? Do you toss that last little sliver of soapy goodness in the trash? Most people throw their old soap away, but if you collected those soap slivers over time, there could be some savings in your future. We wrote earlier of several little tips to try; here are a few more that are a little more involved, but sound like great ideas:

  • You can make homemade laundry detergent. Place a collection of completely dried soap scraps into a food processor and grind them to a crumbly powder. In a large bowl, combine 2 parts washing soda, 2 parts borax, and 1 part soap crumbles. Mix thoroughly and store in a mason jar. Use 2 tablespoons per load of laundry.
  • You can also turn your old bar soap scraps into brand-new liquid hand soap. The process involves cooking down the soap with glycerin and essential oils. It’s a bit more work, but it’s a fun DIY project. We’ll write more about this one later.
  • And finally, keep a sliver of soap in your sewing or craft kit. It’s perfect for scoring a seam or otherwise marking the fabric. Since the soap washes out so easily, it makes an ideal replacement for tailor’s chalk.

We generate a lot of soap scraps with our business and use them for calling cards and samples when we go to the little festivals and markets around South Carolina. When we come up with a way to get them to our larger Sandlapper Soaps family, we will; so you’ll want to make sure you friend us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and read our online magazine here.


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