As everyone probably knows by now, most of the used soap bars are responsible for the creation of millions in kilograms of waste across watersides on a yearly basis.
Now it goes without saying that when you add to this mammoth pile by throwing away your own soap bits, you’re raising the amount of waste and also contributing negatively to the world through pollution.
Now the 100 thousand trillion rand question, "what can one do with leftover bits of soap??"
Well its not an ABC answer but there's certainly are lot of things you can do with leftover soap bits.
Leftover soap bits can be used to make liquid soap, new soap bars for your own use or even soap bars for other people in orphanages, hospitals, informal settlements etc.
How to make LIQUID SOAP out of used soap bars
1. Let slivers of soap bars that are too small to use dry completely (to discourage growth of mold or mildew). Keep all your slivers of soap in a plastic zip-top bag or a Tupperware container and seal them. Continue collecting soap slivers in your bag or container until you have at least a half dozen slivers.
2. When you have enough soap slivers, put them in a blender. Add just a tiny bit of water. Then blend the soap on a medium setting for about 20 seconds.
3. Add more water a little at a time as needed to achieve a smooth, creamy consistency. Blend the mixture for about 20 seconds after each added dose of water. Only add water in small amounts to avoid diluting the soap too much. Blend thoroughly.
4. When the soap is of a good consistency, empty it into a plastic squeeze or pump bottle (such as a leftover empty bottle from a store-bought brand). Now you have your very own bottle of free hand soap!
How to make NEW SOAP BARS out of used soap bars
1. Just as you would with making liquid soap out of used soap slivers, you’ll want to gather up all your completely-dry soap slivers in a plastic zip-top bag or a Tupperware container.
2. Once you have a good number of soap slivers, dump them onto a cutting board, mincing them into very small pieces with a chef's knife. Transfer the minced pieces to a Pyrex container and add just enough water to coat the bottom of the container.
3. Cover the container with plastic wrap, and microwave it in 15-second intervals. In between the intervals, stir the mixture with the butter knife until the water is very hot and the soap has formed a paste.
4. Pour and scoop the soap paste into a muffin tin, soap/cookie molds, or cupcake wrappers. Once the molds cool, you have yourself some free new soap bars!
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