Here at Little Soap HQ we’re huge believers in using what we can from the earth, and in protecting it’s resources as much as possible. One thing we’re keen to do is to contribute towards less waste and there are so many ways in which we can do this. When we send out orders, we may sometimes use bubble wrap to protect your goodies- but only if we’ve received it from incoming orders and we cannot bear to send it to landfill by throwing it away. Our packaging is made from paper wrap, shredded zig zag paper and corrugated cardboard. All biodegradable and recyclable- because these are the things that we can do to prevent waste and to protect our planet. Another thing we can do is to use up our soap scraps-and you can too! Here are three little uses for your soap scraps, so you never have to waste a single slither again.
Re-purpose your scraps and make a new bar
Those small slithers you’re left with as your bar comes to the end can be quite annoying! But if you’re anything like us and cannot bear to simply throw them away, then don’t! Store them in an airtight container (make sure they’re dry first) and when you have a few you can re-purpose them into a brand new bar.
Use a cheese grater to grate the scraps into thin flakes, taking care not to breathe in any dust that could occur. Pop the grated soap into a bowl and then add some water. Use your judgement here- it wants to be enough to soften the soap and that’s all. Pop into the microwave for 30 second and mix. Then back in for another 30 seconds. Repeat this last step as many times as it takes until the mixture turns soft and mushy.
Now you’re ready to create your soap! Add some essential oil if you like (Lavender works really well) and mix well. Then spoon your mixture into bun/ muffin trays and allow to set. Add a little coconut spray oil to the tray first so the soap doesn’t stick. Alternatively you can form the mixture into balls and allow to set. The shape is up to you! The soap will take at least a week to dry out, so be patient. It will be worth the wait.
Make your own laundry soap
This is such a great way to use up soap scraps! Grated or shredded soap can be mixed with bicarbonate of soda and sodium carbonate to help keep your clothes fresh and clean! There’s a great guide on how to do this over on the Soap Queen blog. Have a read and see what you think.
Make your own soapy shower scrub
Because we know how important it is to exfoliate, this is the best- and easiest- way to use up soap scraps in our opinion! Simply pop your soap scraps into an exfoliating wash mitt and hang up in the shower. Next time your skin is crying out for some TLC, you have a beautiful exfoliating shower scrub ready and waiting!
If you prefer a softer wash, you can also pop your soap scraps inside a normal wash mitt or a large face cloth, and tie it up securely instead. This is such a great way to use up your scraps, and requires very little effort- so no more excuses! And no more waste. Perfect.
What do you do with your soap scraps?