DIY SOAP BAR / reusing soap scraps

Hello everybody! I hate throwing things away, hence my zero waste lifestyle. I especially dislike throwing things away if they are somewhat useful to me, so what I have been doing for the past year, is saving small pieces of soap which were too small to actually use, but hey, they were still soap. I use shampoo bars to save the plastic packaging, so when the bar is too small and fragile to use I’ll save it for a re-melt later on. I’ll show you know how I make my own franken-soap using small pieces of discarded shampoo bars.

Step 1: Take all your small pieces of soap and grate them so they’ll form a weird, but cohesive, mass.

Step 2: Pour the gratings into a pot and melt on a very low temperature. You’ll want to add a few tablespoons of water for the mass to stick together. Let the soap melt together for about 10-15 minutes.

Step 3: Pour the melted soap into a tin or a mold and let it completely set. The drying process will take about 24 hours, give or take – so place it somewhere dry.

Step 4: After 24 hours, take it out of the tin/mold. It will possibly stick a bit to the surface, so I used a butter knife to loosen the edges. Now you can use it as a regular hand soap – or as a conditioner or shampoo bar. Easy-freaking-peasy.


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