How to Recycle Soap
Posted on Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 at 7:00 am
What can you do with the tiny, little, sliver of soap that is too small to use? Many people toss them into the trash. Instead, save up those little pieces and recycle them into a brand new bar of soap. Or, turn the pieces into liquid soap. Doing so is a great way to save money on soap.
How to Recycle Bar Soap
Collect the Slivers
The first thing you need to do is collect up all the little slivers of soap that are in your bathrooms. Place them into an airtight container so the mixed scents won’t create a strange smell that spreads through your house. Toss in those little soaps that came from the hotel rooms you stayed in. Keep gathering bits of soap until you have enough to recycle it into a new, usable, bar of soap.
Smooth the Pieces Together
The easiest way to turn little pieces of soap into one single bar is to smooth them together. Start by getting the soap bits wet. Use your hands to press and smooth the pieces together. Keep going until everything has been molded into one piece of soap. The result will be a bumpy, colorful, oddly shaped bar of soap that children will enjoy using.
Melt the Pieces on the Stove
WikiHow is one of many websites that gives you a step-by-step guide, complete with pictures, about how to make small soap pieces into a new bar of soap. Start by chopping up the small soap bits into smaller pieces.
Select a metal cookie cutter, or a small, metal, pan that is in an interesting shape. Coat it with a non-stick vegetable spray (to make it easier to remove the new bar of soap from). Set it aside.
Use a double boiler to melt the soap slivers. You want the water to be warm, but not boiling. Slowly add in the tiny bits of soap, and stir. Keep going until the soap has melted down into a liquid. Pour the soap liquid into the mold or cookie cutter you have prepared. Let it set. Start using it when it completely dries.
Turn the Pieces Into Hand Soap
Start by gathering up the soap pieces. Grate them or cut them into tiny pieces. Stick some of the pieces into an empty bottle that once contained liquid soap. Throw in a couple of marbles. Fill the bottle with water and replace the hand pump lid.
The water will break down the soap – which results in a nice, liquid, soap. If it isn’t happening fast enough, give the bottle a shake. The marbles will help break the tiny soap pieces down.