Ever wondered what you can do with the slivers of soap that are too small to be used for hand washing or bathing? One of the easiest do it yourself projects that you can carry out is to make dish soap out of the slivers of soap bars. Here's how you can do it.
- Gathering the soap. First of all, you will need to gather the slivers of soap. Collecting the slivers of old soap will naturally take quite some time, unless your household really consumes a lot of soap bars. Make sure that you have a small plastic bag or a small jar where you can place all of the shriveled up slivers of soap. As much as possible, dry the soap first under the sun so that you can store the soap pieces in the jar or in the plastic bag without worrying about molds forming. In a couple of weeks, you should be able to have enough slivers of soap from the kitchen sink and the bathroom to make a batch of dish soap.
- Liquid soap. There are two types of dish soaps that you can make. First is the liquid soap, which is easier. All you will need to do is to take the pieces of soap and cut them into small cubes. Use the sharpest kitchen knife that you can find. The harder the slivers of soap are, the easier it will be for you to cut them. If the soap is too wet, it may slip through your fingers. In this case, you have the option of either drying the pieces of soap under the sun, or placing them in a microwave safe oven and then heating them for a couple of seconds. Heating for a couple seconds will release the water in the soap, and will make it dry faster. After chopping the soap bits, place these in a small jar and add two tablespoons of glycerin and two parts warm water for every part of cubed soap. Add a couple of teaspoons of vinegar as well, and then shake well and allow the cubed soap to dissolve.
- Soap bars. Another easy way to make dishwashing soap is by taking your bits and pieces of soap and combining it with soap flakes. Soap flakes can be purchased from most leading grocery stores. Combine equal parts of soap flakes and dishwashing soap, and then add just enough water so that you are able to create thick paste. Place the paste in a mold and then allow to dry under the sun for a couple of days. Afterwards, you should have a bar soap that you can place in a dish on the kitchen sink.
- Scents. Remember also that you can chance the scent of your dishwashing soap, whether it is the liquid or the bar soap, by adding in some essential oils. You can also add lemon juice if you want a clean and citrus scent to your dishes.
With these steps, you should be able to make use of old soap pieces lying around the house. Not only will you be able to save up on money, but you will also be able to customize your soap to smell and look just as you like them.