How To Make A New Bar of Soap with Soap Slivers

People have been making soap to wash themselves for almost 5,000 years. Babylonians made it by boiling surplus animal fat mixed with ash from their kitchen fires.

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Nobody is sure who thought about it first. Later, Ancient Romans added urine to their soap. Thank heavens, we live in more civilised times. Today factories use fats and alkaline additives instead.

Despite the cost of soap in supermarkets, most South Africans end up throwing up to ten per cent of it away. This normally happens when the cake becomes too small to lather properly. There is nothing wrong with the soap. The surface is just too small to hold to build up foam.

My Dad used to stick two small pieces of soap together to make a bigger one that lasted a little longer. I have tried doing this, but can’t seem to get it right. If you are reading this blog and know the secret, please let me know.

My partner is forever putting leftover soap in the cupboard. Last time I looked, there were over twenty pieces, and I wondered if it was possible to recycle them. I searched the Internet and found a great way to cycle leftover bars of soap, and decided to share it on Survey Compare. You will need the following if you would like to try:


Stuff You Need

  • Some leftover pieces of soap. These can be any shape or size.
  • A pair of wash-up gloves that haven’t started leaking.
  • An aerosol with some non-stick vegetable spray in it
  • Enough moulds for your amount of soap. Biscuit ones work well.
  • A double boiler. This is just a container over steaming water.
  • A cheese grater. Any size will do as long as the handle is not broken.
  • A thermometer that measures temperature between 76ºC-82ºC.
  • One cup of milk, water or tea according to your taste.
  • Your choice of enhancers (scented essential oils, exfoliates etc.).

Do you have all the bits and pieces ready? Good! Then join me on a voyage of discovery to a solution that is so easy, you will seriously regret all the soap you have wasted over the years.


My Method

  1. Put on your wash-up gloves and grate the soap.

  2. If the soap is too soft, cut into small pieces with a vegetable knife.

  3. Spray the non-stick vegetable spray inside the moulds.

  4. Gently warm the milk, water or tea over steaming water to 76ºC-82ºC.

  5. Add the grated soap while stirring continuously.

  6. Bring the liquid back to simmer stirring all the time until the soap is liquid.

  7. Add enhancers to introduce scent, colour and anything else you want to try.

  8. Without wasting any time pour the mixture into the moulds.

  9. Cover the moulds with plastic wrap. Set aside for twenty-four hours.

  10. Remove the wrap. Put the moulds in a draft-free, dry place to cure.

  11. After three to four weeks, the soap will feel like the real thing.

  12. Remove it from the moulds and use it in your next bath or shower.

What a pleasure. Here is another neat trick. By shopping around for cute moulds and experimenting with essences like jasmine, sandalwood and evening primrose oil, you can make super Christmas and Birthday Gifts for all your friends and family. They will be proud of you when they discover you are so clever!

Perhaps your read through this idea, got excited about it, but then realised you do not have enough spare cash to buy stuff like non-stick vegetable oil? That is not a problem because you are a member of Survey Compare now, where you can earn money easily (if you are not a member you can sign up quickly for free).

After you spend a little time answering questions that are so simple you can watch television while you do so, you will have more than enough money to buy the ingredients you need. Who knows, someday you could even be making soap from home commercially, and all because you visited Survey Compare, and picked up this hot tip from me.

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