When a reader last week asked for ideas on what to do with the final sliver of bar soap, a nation of bar soap sliver savers rose up with answers.
The winner: I collect all of the same kinds of soap slivers and put them into one of my wife’s knee-high hosieries, pulling all the slivers to the toe of the hose. I put in the shower and wet it a bit; the slivers all form together. I tie the hose in a loop onto the shower organizer and use daily! My wife does this too for her brand of soap – we never through away any slivers, no waste. Jeffery Spence, Indian Land
Meld and weld
When my old bar of soap becomes a sliver, I open a new bar. After my shower, I press the two bars together and the sliver is “welded” to the new bar. (Many, many people sent in similar suggestions, but we chose this one because of the picture. Note the Clever juxtaposition of the bar.)
Wayne Hill, Charlotte
Only for the truly driven …
Finely chop 2 cups soap slivers and pour into a saucepan. Add enough water to cover. Soak for 24 hours; stir every few hours with a wooden spoon. Put the saucepan on the stove at high heat and bring to a boil. Remove pan from the heat and stir in 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Pour the mixture into soap molds. Leave the molds in a cool, dry place for two weeks to cure before use. Optional: Before pouring mixture into molds, stir in your choice of food coloring, two drops at a time, until the mixture is the color you want. Also add 1 tablespoon of essential fragrant oils.
Nancy Brinkman, Van Wyck, S.C.
An entrepreneur to the rescue
I was bothered by this problem of soap slivers and designed a new soap bar to fix it. It’s called STACK soap, with a specially-designed groove made to fit the sliver of your previous bar. It was a Kickstarter project funded by more than 1,000 people and now STACK soap is available through Amazon.com. Find out more at www.stacksoap.com.
Aric Norine, Stack Soap
EDITOR’S NOTE: The price we saw was $12.56 for six bars for this moisturizing soap.
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