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Bath Soap Slivers

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 5:46 pm
by churchilllafemme
Anyone who uses a bath soap or shampoo bar ends up with a sliver that is too small to hold in the hand for use and gets thrown out. Does anyone know how slivers could be combined so that they could be used up more completely instead of being wasted?
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Re: Bath Soap Slivers

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 6:48 pm
by EL Alamein
In our house the sliver is used until it's malleable when wet and slapped on the next cake of soap.

Chris

Re: Bath Soap Slivers

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:23 pm
by churchilllafemme
EL Alamein wrote:
Wed Dec 04, 2019 6:48 pm
In our house the sliver is used until it's malleable when wet and slapped on the next cake of soap.

Chris
I think it would have to be quite tiny before becoming malleable.

Re: Bath Soap Slivers

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:50 pm
by brothers
EL Alamein wrote:
Wed Dec 04, 2019 6:48 pm
In our house the sliver is used until it's malleable when wet and slapped on the next cake of soap.

Chris
Interesting idea. Sounds plausible. I should try it next time.

Re: Bath Soap Slivers

Posted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 5:36 am
by drmoss_ca
Gosh, I thought everyone did that with soap. Many years ago I did see an ad for a 'money-saving device' of doubtful quality - you dropped in your remnants of soap cakes and it crushed and swaged them into a new bar of soap. They would need to be soaked and/or warmed first to soften them. A sturdy box with a screw down or lever operated top plate to do the squashing. It was the kind of thing that went along with those devices to roll up the end of toothpaste tubes to get the last bits out; the instruments of a waste-not-want-not mentality that younger generations have largely abandoned.

C.

Re: Bath Soap Slivers

Posted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:08 am
by Rufus
Our regular bath soap is Cussons Imperial Leather, which has the label firmly embedded in the bar. Even when you get the bar down to the smallest sliver the label remains firmly in place. Thus, in order to combine the sliver with another cake you’d have to cut out the label, which would destroy the sliver; just not worth effort.

Re: Bath Soap Slivers

Posted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 7:06 pm
by EL Alamein
Maybe it's the soaps we're using? Just supermarket fair but I've been successful doing it to the likes of the old formula Musgo Real bath soaps as well.

Chris

Re: Bath Soap Slivers

Posted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:50 pm
by John Rose
Soap Saver bags.
Crocheted...
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Or finer mesh:
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I have no doubt that you could easily sew some out of athletic mesh fabric. I'm thinking an old hockey jersey from a thrift shop.

I've had some success with sticking slivers of Caprina Fresh Goats Milk Soap onto new bars.
Use both during a shower to soften them up, then squeeze them together and leave the combined bar overnight.
Some soaps turn brittle towards the end of their life, but not Caprina.

Re: Bath Soap Slivers

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 2:28 pm
by brothers
I understand the concept when dealing with a bar of bath soap that costs $$$. Ultimately it all goes down the drain regardless of the high falutin' pedigree. :lol: Been there and done that. Nowadays I get a kick out of cracking open a brand new bar when the time comes.

Re: Bath Soap Slivers

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 4:59 pm
by churchilllafemme
brothers wrote:
Sun Dec 08, 2019 2:28 pm
I understand the concept when dealing with a bar of bath soap that costs $$$. Ultimately it all goes down the drain regardless of the high falutin' pedigree. :lol: Been there and done that. Nowadays I get a kick out of cracking open a brand new bar when the time comes.
For me it is not a matter of cost or saving money; it's just a question of wastage and landfills.

Re: Bath Soap Slivers

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 7:19 pm
by brothers
The recycled bar of soap slivers goes down the drain eventually and enters the solid waste system or septic tank along with the waste water.