Rub-a-dub-dub, soap is great for a scrub! But bar soap is handy to have around for many reasons that go far beyond the bathtub. It can serve as a lubricant, freshener, and even a pest-repellent.
Here are just a few unusual and clever uses that make the most of a single bar of soap :
- Pincushion – Wrap bar of soap in cloth and stick pins on top. Soap will lubricate pins for easier insertion.
- Mark hemline on cloth – Sliver of soap instead of chalk, which will be easier to wash off.
- Keep your glasses from fogging over – During cold weather by rubbing soapy water over glasses and wiping off.
- Check to see if your gas pipes are leaking – By smearing wet soap on sides if soap bubbles, you have a leak.
- Cut straight with a hand saw – By rubbing a little on blade teeth.
- Put a little soap under fingernails before gardening – To avoid getting dirt under them.
- Deer Repellent – Stick slivers of soap in pantyhose and hang from trees.
- Rub nail or screen in soap before hammering/drilling for more efficiency.
- Unstick zippers – Lubricate squeaky door hinges and unstick drawers.
- Put a little soapy water in between floorboards to get rid of floorboard squeak.
- Use as shaving cream/shampoo substitute while travelling.