I have a container full of little left-over fragments of bar soap.
I would like to melt them down and pour a nice big bar of soap.
Tried microwaving both with and without added water, but no-go.
I guess stovetop in a double boiler is next.
Is melting bar soap possible?
Yes, but it's WAY more work than it's worth. Did it once, never again. It takes hours. What's a
bar of soap cost, fifty cents? Just throw them out. Then, next time you have a bar worn down
to a sliver, and unwrap a new bar, get both of them good and wet and press the sliver onto
the new bar and keep using it.
Clear writing is also fundamental to comprehension. You replied
that you had been doing "this" in a thread titled "Melting Bar
Soap" that also discussed sticking bars of soap together, and it's
far from clear which of the two practices you referred to.
The purpose of writing is not to be understood; rather, it is to
make it impossible to be misunderstood -- and you fall somewhat
short of meeting that criterion.
On Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 8:47:25 PM UTC-5, Doug Miller wrote:
I first replied to Cindy's post about sticking a sliver and
a new bar together. You twisted it around to say I was melting
many slivers to make one bar which I never said I do. It's not
my fault you cannot keep up with what each of us is doing with
slivers of soap. Some are melting them, not me, some sticking
sliver and news bars together, myself and other here do this.
If this is getting you confused perhaps you'd better skip this
thread as it's messing with your mind.
Be forewarned, thread subjects tend to drift frequently as this
one did a bit.
I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the "Soap Saver" product which
is specifically designed for this problem. It's an envelope of the
rough type netting (multiple layers) with a draw-string and slip knob
closure into which you put the bar soap remnants and then you use it
to wash yourself. The remnants soon merge into one chunk to which you
can add new remnants as they become available. I haven't thrown out a
remnant since I got my first Soap Saver.
The downsides are:
1) the netting is a little too rough for one's intimate parts but
seems to be good for legs, arms, shoulders and feet--in fact you feel
cleaner. Given this my wife refuses to use it on her "delicate" skin
(all her skin is delicate according to her) so she gives me all the
remnants. The same netting (but not the Soap Saver) is sold in places
like Sephora for general washing so I think the "delicate" problem is
in her imagination.
2) the netting joins together at the bottom but it's not well sewn
(probably not possible to improve) and the string frays easily,
3) the cost is about $1.99 at the dollar store (much more at the
I doubt you save money in the long term but you do avoid the
aggravation of trying to wash yourself with little slivers and you
have the psychic feeling of saving the planet (something like that) in
On Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 10:55:59 AM UTC-4, Wade Garrett wrote:
In my experience, it works with Dove, but only under specific conditions:
The sliver from the old bar has to be soft, almost mushy, and the Dove
logo on the new bar has to be worn away.
I shave in the shower and Dove soap in my shaving "cream". When the Dove
bar is too small to conveniently use as a shower bar, it becomes my shaving
bar. By the time it is too small to use as a shaving bar, the logo is worn
off the new bar and the sliver is soft enough to stick.
I've been doing it that way for more years than I can remember.
I'm well off enough to just throw the soap in the trash can when it gets
too small to handle. And, even though I grow a beard, I still shave my
neck with *real* shaving cream.
I sometimes wonder how some of you folks can afford to have an Internet
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