Use stumpy slivers of soap to make MORE soap

Guestpost by Dale Mackey on Nov 18th

clean hands

Photo by Arlington County. Used under Creative Commons license.

I recently ran out of hand soap and decided that rather than buy more, I'd just rinse out the soap bottle and pump and make my own. It's super easy to make your own soap using the stumpy remnants of bar soap (you know, the little sliver that's a little too big to throw away but too small to really use) or little hotel bars.


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Take your soap slivers and grate using a cheese grater until you've got about 1/3 of a cup. Add to 1 cup of just boiling water and turn off heat. Stir until soap is totally melted and add glycerine and essential oils (you can of course modify these to smell however you'd like). Use a funnel to transfer warm liquid soap to soap bottle. As it cools, it will thicken.

Place the bottle on your sink and delight in your tingly-smelling fingers and home-making ingenuity. DELIGHT!

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About Dale Mackey

Hello, friends. I’m Dale. I live in Knoxville, TN and work for Community Television of Knoxville. I also moonlight as an actress, writer, artist, social media workshop leader and creative writing instructor for prisons and women’s shelters, but I like having a day job too much to do any of these full-time. I serve on the board of the Knoxville Writers’ Guild and am very slowly becoming an expert ukulele player.