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9 Creative Uses for Soap

Aug 29, 2016
Diane Hoffmaster

Shopping on a budget usually requires that you buy only what’s on the grocery list. I love deals though, and sometimes you come across a sale item that is just too good to pass up. I always keep an eye out for things I know I’ll use, like extra-large boxes of cereal or jumbo packages of hamburger buns. Recently, I found a 24-pack of bar soap that was practically being given away! While soap won’t go bad, the pack did take up a lot of space, so I set out to find how else I could use these bars of soap (outside of the shower!). Here are a few ideas:

Soad covered in fabric used as a push pin

Home repairs: Repair nail holes in your drywall by filling them in with soap. Use your fingernail to scrape off a small piece from the bar and push it into the hole. Smooth out the edges and wipe with a dry cloth. It works like a charm.

Create a bar soap pin cushion! Wrap a bar of soap in fabric and hot glue the ends together like you are wrapping a gift. Push your pins into it for safe keeping. It’s ingenious, and makes a great cost-effective gift for anyone you know who sews!

Fix squeaky doors: Stop squeaky hinges by rubbing a bar of soap along them to help quiet the noise.

Fix squeaky floorboards: Work a little moist soap into the cracks between the boards. This is a personal trick of mine – I swear by it.

Zipper repair: Don't throw away that skirt with the stuck zipper! Run a bar of soap along it to help get it moving again.

Make sliding glass doors slide easier: Rub soap on the bottom track of sliding glass doors. This will help them slide open and closed much easier.

Turn bar soap into liquid soap: If your family prefers liquid soap, just toss your bar (or soap scraps) into a large jar of water with a pump. Swirl gently to help it dissolve.  

Keep deer away from your garden plants: Place a bar of strong-smelling soap in a mesh bag and hang from your garden posts to keep animals out.

Keep nails clean: The next time you plan on gardening or taking on any other dirty job, run your fingernails over a bar of soap beforehand. The soap will accumulate and keep out the dirt, making clean up much easier.

Next time you stock up on soap, what will YOU do with it?

Photo courtesy of Diane Hoffmaster.

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