Having a breakdown in the shower? If you’re faced with chucking the remnants of your fave soap, pull it together – instead of throwing out those tiny pieces (granted, it’s a tiny change), melt ’em down into one new, usable bar. Now breathe… Not throwing an eco-fit. We waste up to 10% of our personal care products just because we don’t use every ounce. Using every last bit of your soap means less waste (and less packaging). Less hyperventilating over money. Based on the stat above, it’s almost like you’re getting 1 free bar for every 10 you buy.
Teaching kids not to waste like crazy. A project like this is a great way to introduce the little ones to the concept of using everything up. As we found out the hard way, it can take a long time to get the soap out of whatever melting apparatus you use – but if you put it in the freezer for an hour or so, it’ll come out way easier.
- Feels a little crunchy, but it’s a surprisingly fun project to do with the kids.
- Use a cheese grater to grate your bits of soap into shreds, then either put ’em in a microwave-safe container and zap them for 1-4 minutes (or until it’s got the consistency of apple sauce) or heat them up in a double boiler. Pour the liquid into a mold, let it harden, then take it out of the mold and air-dry it for a week or so.
Netted Soap Saver – put your soap in a soap-size nylon bag to help make sure you use up the whole bar ($3).
In 1790, the first U.S. patent was granted to Samuel Hopkins for an early soap-making formula.
If 10,000 people use every last bit of a bar, we’ll save the weight of almost two walruses in soap from getting wasted.