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How to Turn Soap Slivers into a New Bar Of Soap

Recycle your soap odds and ends into a beautiful new bar.


  • Step 1: Gather soap odds and ends Accumulate soap odds and ends until you have at least a cupful.
  • Step 2: Soak the slivers Put the slivers into a small saucepan, cover them with water, and let them soak for about a day, stirring the mixture now and then.
  • Step 3: Boil some soap soup Bring your soap soup to a boil, stirring it occasionally and keeping an eye on it, so it doesn’t burn.
  • Step 4: Add oil Remove it from the heat, and stir in a tablespoon of olive or vegetable oil for each cup of liquid.
  • TIP: Mix in a few teaspoons of uncooked oatmeal for an exfoliating bar, and the zest of a lemon, lime, or orange for a nice citrus scent. You can also add a few drops of food coloring.
  • Step 5: Let it cool Pour your concoction into lightly greased muffin tins, cardboard boxes, or plastic molds from craft stores, and let them harden.
  • Step 6: Cut cool designs Cut the new bars into any size or shape you like with a knife.
  • FACT: The average person uses 656 bars of soap in his lifetime.

You Will Need

  • Soap slivers
  • A small saucepan
  • Water
  • Olive or vegetable oil
  • Molds
  • A knife
  • Oatmeal
  • Zest of a lemon
  • lime
  • or orange
  • Food coloring

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