Thursday, January 10, 2013

smushing soap



Once upon a time when I was a younger housewipe, living out here in the big woods, baking bread and making quilts and decorating the house for every possible occasion; I was perusing the Miles Kimble catalog and spotted this handy little item that promised to be a real money saver.  for the first time ever and since, that has proved to be truth.
Now what is this device? It Is a soap saver, and it really works!!!!! and it has been saving us money for more than a few years, by transforming all of those errant bits of mostly used up bars of soap into usable bars of soap. 
 And Hey Presto its even messy enough to be fun.   One begins by putting one of the  caps onto the ring and filling it almost to overflowing with the the well used soap broken into small pieces,  empty the bits of soap into another container and cover them with hot tap water.  It will take at least 15 minutes for the bits to soften, but don't leave them too long or they will dissolve completely and be useless.  when the bits start getting mushy they are ready to be drained and placed back into the  soap frame, the other cap placed on it and then  one smushes the caps together and smushes the sticky soap bits into a new bar of soap.  and for extra messyness the excess water and melted soap will smush out  and cover your hands and drip onto the floor.
One then removes the ring and one of the caps.   and there it is a new bar of soap!  Of course it will have to be slid off the cap and  onto a tray or something to dry for a few days, it will shrink and  get somewhat  cracked  by the time it drys.   As i said this is a messy process, but a rewarding one.
No, I don't save string or tinfoil and those nasty plastic grocery bags get recycled ASAP, but i always wanted to make soap because it seem like a Mr. Wizard experiment, but I reckon this is as close as I will ever get.

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