Thursday, July 7, 2011

A Slick Suggestion To Save Your Soap...!

Let's see you say that real fast 5 times without getting all tongue-tied!

Seriously, this is a wonderful way to use up those little slivers of bar soap that have a tendency to multiply in the shower! You know, the bits and pieces that clog the drain and hide close to the bathmat?

This article from the Farmer's Almanac is a great way to put all those little orphan bits and pieces to good use! If you have kids, let them help with this project! One way to get them to wash their hands without them being aware they are doing it!

Oatmeal Soap Recipe

If you have leftover soap slivers in the bathtub or sink, you can recycle them into this yummy new soap! Oatmeal has proven moisturizing benefits.

Gather these ingredients: 1/2 cup oatmeal, 1/2 cup small soap pieces, 1 and 1/2 tablespoons cooking oil, 1 tablespoon water

Put the soap slivers in a plastic bag and pound them into small chunks.

Put chunks in a blender, add the oatmeal and pulse until grainy.

Pour into a bowl and add the oil and water.

Mix with your hands, removing any remaining bigger chunks of soap. Shape the mixture into a ball and let sit until hard, about two hours.

Be sure to wash the blender thoroughly to remove the soap residue.

One thing about the Almanac, you can always find the most interesting stuff in there! I just love this book, but you already knew that...right?

OK, who is ready for some fresh coffee? We can have it on the patio this morning!


LizBeth said...

Well, maybe if I had a dedicated mini food processor I'd picked up real cheap at a garage sale . . . . . but I do hate to waste that soap. Just never know what we'll find here, but it's always interesting! Enjoy that coffee, Liz

Spud said...

Waste it ? Why ?
I simply take the old sliver, after using the new bar apply the sliver to the new bar when wet. It will become one with the other. Next time you use it the two are permanently glued together.
How simple is that ?

Anonymous said...

Cool. My grandmother used to put the pieces of soap inside a clean sock and use that as a looffa pad in the shower, just squeeze for more suds. Worked for her - maybe for you too.

Thanks HermitJim.

JoJo said...

For the cooking oil use olive oil you will find that in the better soaps they use olive oil, and the sock idea has been around for a long time Mom told me they used old stockings once they were no longer fixable.
thanks for the tips Hermit my friend.
I can brings over a pot of coffee if you like or maybe some peanut butter cookies.

HermitJim said...

Hey Liz...
Yep, I know what you mean about putting the soap in my blender! I haven't used mine in such a long time for anything, I don't think it would matter!

Glad you found something interesting this morning!

I appreciate the visit!

Hey Spud...
Does sound like a simple way to do it. Simple is always a good thing in my book!

Thanks for coming by today!

Hey Anon 6:01...
Now that sounds like a very usable idea to me! I always seem to have an extra sock hiding in the dryer!

Wonder where all those lost socks go, anyway?

Hey, thanks for coming over this morning!

Hey JoJo...
Olive oil is all I have on hand anymore!

About the stocking, though...where in the world will I get one of those? Remember, I'm a single guy and not many spare stockings laying around my place!

I know! Maybe I could get all the ladies to send me one...but explain that I'm NOT going to wear them!

Thanks, sweetie, for coming by today!

TROUBLEnTX said...

have always used one of those mitts u can find at Walmart, with a pocket for the slivers. They work good at getting flaky skin off too.

HermitJim said...

Hey Trouble...
Haven't seen one of those, but then I haven't been to WallyWorld in a long time!

I'll look for them next time I'm in one!

Thanks for dropping by today!

What if it's today? - A survivalist's blog said...

I have a metal soap saver, which has 1/8 inch screen shaped into a rectangle. It's attached to a wooden handle. You swish it around in the water and have a sink full of soap for washing clothes or kids.

I like this recipe for making oatmeal soap and will take some of the scraps and make it with the grandkids.