Use stumpy slivers of soap to make MORE soap #Do It Yourself#beauty products November 18 | Guest post by Dale Mackey 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. Ingredients 1/3 cup grated hand soap 1 cup water 2 tablespoons glycerin 5 dashes lavender essential oil 5 dashes peppermint essential oil This post originally appeared on dalemackey.wordpress.com. 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! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by 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. http://dalemackey.wordpress.com PREVIOUS How we solved our co-sleeping dilemma and made space for our two-year-old's bed in our room NEXT What do you wish you had done differently after finding out you were pregnant? Show/Hide comments [ 9 ] While I appreciate the frugality of this I would caution that comercial handsoap formulations are preserved while Bar soap has no preservatives (it also has no water so things won't really grow on it). If you choose to do this make sure that the new soap is going into a clean container to prevent your bathroom handsoap from becoming a science project. 6 agree Reply I just take all the stumpy bits of soap and squoosh them together in my fist to make a big blob of soap. 6 agree Reply That reminds me of an episode of The Simpsons where the family is trying to save money and Lisa's contribution is squishing all the soap slivers into a new bar. 7 agree Reply I normally just attach the sliver to the new bar. It looks a bit odd if they're different colours, but there's nothing wrong with weird looking soap. 6 agree Reply When I was growing up, my mother always just shoved the ends of soap into a cut off bit of pantyhose, which was tied to the tap in the laundry – where it was perfect for washing your hands when you came in from the garden. Easy, frugal, and very practical. ^__^ 12 agree Reply I literally gasped at the cleverness of that. 2 agree Reply WHAT. Too smart. 1 agrees Reply I have old soap bits, I have glycerin. I have lavender… tho not essential oil, just actual flowers. I could totally DO THIS THING. Unlike most projects, which require me to buy more things. 🙂 2 agree Reply Love this! Reminds me of the other frugal project, making candles out of the ends of other candles! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.