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Here Are Other Ways to Use Your Bar of Soap At Home

Because your bar of soap can do so much more than just clean your hands

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Bar soap has long been a staple home item, primarily because it is so helpful when it comes to taking a bath and cleaning. But did you know that there are many other functions bar soap can help you with other than that? Here are some ways you can make the most out of soap.


Open sticky sliding doors and drawers

When you can’t open sliding doors and drawers easily, all you need to do is rub some soap on the drawer edges or on the door tracks.

Get rid of squeaky hinges and floorboards

You can say goodbye to the annoying squeaks in your door hinges and floorboards by simply rubbing your soap on the noisy areas. Keep repeating this until the squeaks are completely gone.


Loosen a stiff lock

Drag your key on the soap bar several times until it is completely coated, then insert it into the knob. This should make it easier to open your door effortlessly.

Smoothen your zippers

Run your soap over the teeth of the zipper—this will definitely make zipping quicker and easier.

Erase difficult stains

Definitely the most obvious of all the tips, bar soap is an effective tool in clearing various kinds of stains. Soaps without conditioners in them are your best options.


Make DIY liquid soap

For cleaning things other than fabric, liquid soap is a good tool. Mix together grated bar soap and boiling water, stir together well, let the mixture cool, then pour it into dispensers.

Use as ingredient for DIY detergent

Did you know bar soap can also be used to make DIY laundry detergent? Just put together some washing soda, shaved bar soap, baking soda, and borax and you won’t have to buy detergent anymore. Here are some DIY detergent recipes to try out. 

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Freshen up your home

Wrap up some scented soap in fabric, tie with a ribbon, then stow these away inside drawers, closets, and even your vehicles for instant air fresheners. You can also slip this into your smelly shoes!

Make your hands easy to clean

Before starting on a task which will require you to dirty your hands, dig them first into a bar of soap until you have a bit of the soap under your fingernails. This will prevent dirt from getting wedged in that area and make your hands easier to clean later.

Keep your plants protected

Using some mesh or an old pair of stockings, hang a soap bar on your plants to keep away any pesky pets. You may also opt to rub damp soap on the underside of the plants leaves to keep pests at bay.

Source: The Spruce

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