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Tiny Wasteful Things – Soap Slivers – Frugal Challenge

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

SoapEven though tiny slivers of soap may not have you wringing your hands, fretting about wasting money, it just irks me every time I toss a sliver of soap in the bathroom wastebasket.

Today I’d like to explore this tiny wasteful thing. Is there something you can do with those slivers of soap? I’ve debated melting them down and re-forming them into useful bars of soap again, but have never done it.

Some folks aren’t too keen on reusing soap slivers because of the sanitary, or shall I say unsanitary, aspect of it. My thought is that as long as the new recycled soap bar remains in the same shower or bath that it came from, then the same people are still using the same soap.

In other words, if you’re sharing soap with those you love, then it shouldn’t bother you if you share your recycled soap with the same person or people.  If you rinse your soap slivers well before you begin, I think you’ll be fine.

With that said, time to get on with the project.

I have a mini muffin pan that will work perfectly. I like the size of the mini muffins for soap, so I think they’ll be cute.  But, if you happen to have some soap molds, by all means use them.

Here is the method:

  • Gather together at least 1 cup of soap slivers.
  • Place the soap slivers in a small saucepan, cover with water, and let sit for about 8 hours.
  • Stir the soap and water together (don’t use your wooden spoons).
  • Place on burner turned to medium high and bring to a boil, watching closely and stirring constantly.
  • Immediately turn down to simmer and stir constantly until soap pieces are melted, then remove from heat.
  • Stir in 1 tablespoon of olive oil or vegetable oil.
  • Optional: You can stir in some raw whole oatmeal, orange zest, or other flavor or aroma, plus food coloring.
  • Spray a mini muffin tin with cooking spray.
  • Pour melted soap into muffin tins, about half way up. Set aside to let firm, at least 24 hours. Then flip muffin tin over to remove. You can trim the soap bars if you like into other shapes and sizes.

This may or may not be a frugal tip.  You may question whether or not the cost of heating the stove burner justifies recycling the soap slivers.  I just know some things Feel frugal and some things Feel wasteful – and tossing perfectly good soap away just doesn’t sit well with me.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this – whether you agree with me or not!  I’m always curious to hear what other frugal homemakers think of these controversial frugal tips.

p.s.  If you have another use for soap slivers (crafts, gardening, cleaning, etc.) please comment and include your ideas.  Thank you!