As I have sold soap at craft fairs over the last couple of years, people have told me about some of the things that they have used soap for. So I thought that I would get a list of them together.
Most common uses:
• The most obvious is to wash your body, hands, or hair.
• The next is to put it in dresser drawer to make your clothes smell fresh and clean.
Here are some lesser known uses.
For around the home:
• To drive nails easier with less risk of splitting the wood. Rub the nail shaft with your soap.
• You can smooth a caulk bead with a moistened soapy finger.
• Rub soap over squeaky door hinges to eliminate the squeaks.
• Remove the glue that holds the wallpaper in place. This is done by mixing soap with warm water and sponging it on to the walls and letting it soak in to the glue.
• Use soap suds on hardware and window sills when painting to avoid paint splatter.
• Fill in nail holes in walls with a similar colored soap.
• Stop squeaky floor boards by putting moist soap into the cracks between the boards.
• If your locks are a bit stiff, you can rub a key with soap and it will lubricate the key cylinder.
• Soap will also lubricate metal rails of sticking desk drawer. This also works great on the bottoms of desk, cabinet or bureau drawers.
• Clean the edges of dirty windowsills by running the wet edge of a bar along the windowsill.
• Run a bar of soap on the bottom track of a glass door to make slide easier.
• You can coat the blade of a hand saw and be able to cut a straighter line.
For the garden and house plants:
• By making a mixture of soap and water you can detect gas leaks on pipes or air leaks on tires, including the valve stems.
• It works as a bug repellant in your garden. This is done by mixing water with your soap and spraying the underside of the plant leaves.
• It will keep your fingernails clean while you work in your garden. Just scrape your nails over a bar of soap and begin digging.
• Rub insect bites with a damp bar of soap for relief of the itch.
• Put a bar of soap in your garden and it will also repel the bugs.
• Make a solution of water and soap and spray around your house to eliminate spiders and bugs.
• You can also make a solution of soap and water in a bowl and put it under a light to attract and drown fleas.
For use in sewing and fabric care:
• Taking a damp bar of soap and rubbing it on a stain on your clothes or other fabric will remove the stain in the wash.
• When you are sewing, you can mark hem lines with a bar of soap. This will also come out of the fabric easier than the store bought chalk.
• Put you’re sewing needles is a bar of soap to make them go through fabric easier.
• Run a bar of soap up and down a zipper to make it work better.
• Put a bar of soap in your smelly shoes, boots or sneakers overnight and the will smell much better in the morning.
• Rub the inside of your leather shoes or stiff leather bags to soften them up.
• Rub a wet bar of soap over an area where you broke a piece of glass to pick up the small shards.
• Use a bar of soap on the bottoms of your campfire cooking pots to avoid soot buildup.
• Apply soap to squeaky belts on your car to quiet them.
• If your rings get stuck on your fingers, use some soap and water above the knuckle to move the ring over it.
• To keep you dog from chewing on your furniture, rub it with soap. They don’t like the taste of it either.
Some way out uses:
• Use soap on a mouse trap instead of cheese. They actually love homemade soaps.
• You can also use a bar of soap to make a sculpture.