CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR NEW BAR OF SOAP! How good can life get?
About six months ago, I quit buying liquid hand soaps and body washes to reduce the amount of plastic we use. Since then, I’ve developed a simple system for getting the most out of my fancy-pants soaps. A Bar Soap Life Cycle.
Here’s how I make my nice soaps last as long as possible:
PHASE ONE: AIR FRESHENER
-Tuck the soap into your sock drawer, linen closet, or suitcase where it can freshen the air until you’re ready for a new bar of soap in the bathroom
PHASE TWO: SOAP DISH
– Put the soap in a soap dish by your bathroom sink. Use it to wash your hands. You know the drill
PHASE THREE: SHOWER
– After a few weeks by the sink, your soap will have worn down and lost much of its charm; demote it to the shower or tub. A newer bar looks more inviting to guests, especially now that so many people have become accustomed to liquid soap and may even consider bar soap disgusting. Know what’s disgusting? The omnipresence of disposable plastics, man
PHASE FOUR: EXFOLIATING GLOVE
– When your fancy-pants soap is but a wee sliver, put it in an exfoliating glove or mitten, or a soap saver bag. Scrub yourself
ALTERNATIVE PHASE FOUR: SOAP FLAKES
– Grate your soap slivers and put them in sugar shaker or jar with holes in the lid. Use these soap flakes for hand-washing
- If your bar of soap is particularly large, you may wish to cut it into smaller pieces: it will be easier to handle, and if you get tired of the scent you can switch to a different bar
- Use a soap dish that you love. Presentation matters
- Company’s coming? Park your homely old practically-a-sliver bar of soap on a saucer in a drawer or medicine cabinet and break out a nicer bar for your guests
- It’s possible to make bar soap into liquid soap, but why bother?
- Alternate your favorite fancy soaps with plainer, cheaper options. This will keep costs down and help you appreciate your fancy-pants bars