11 uses for soap you may not have realised 42



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A humble bar of soap has some many other uses other than washing your hands or body, but like many of the items we use everyday, we can forget they are really versatile. Sometimes, we don’t even know their potential!

Here’s some other ways you can use soap you may not have realised.


1. Leather softener

If you like to wear your leather shoes without socks, or you have new shoes, they can give you bad blisters. To stop this, rub a slightly softened bar of soap on the inside of the back of the shoes. After a couple of applications the leather will soften up.

2. Keep your fingernails clean in the garden

While you’re working in the garden, scrape your fingernails over a bar of soap. The bits of soap will prevent dirt from caking under your nails. It’s easier to wash too.

3. Relieve itches

Got bitten by a mosquito or bug? Rub the bites with a dampened bar of soap for instant itch relief.

4. Mark a hem

If you don’t have any chalk on hand, use a sliver of bar soap to draw a line. It also washes out more easily.

5. Loosen stuck zippers

Loosen stuck or rusty zippers by sliding some bar soap up and down the zipper.

6. Detect gas leaks

Mix a solution of water and soap and rub along pipes. If it bubbles, that’s where your leak is – this tip is great for a flat tyre.

7. Stop squeaky floorboards

Work a little moist soap into the cracks between the boards.

8. Help a sewing needle go through fabric more easily

Stick needle into soap then sew as normal – it’ll be a lot easier

9. Deodoriser

For the simplest, cheapest way to deodorise your suitcase or drawer, place a bar of your favourite soap in there. The same goes for your car: a bar of pleasingly scented soap will last longer than the store bought air fresheners.


10. Pin cushion

Wrap a bar of soap in a bit of cloth and use it as a pin cushion.


11. Stop restless leg syndrome

This is a bit of a strange one but some people swear by putting a bar of lavender soap under your sheet at the end of your bed to stop restless legs.


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  1. Makes for easier driving of screws and nails. Is a perfect lubricant for sticking drawers. Is a non-clothes staining lubricant on a dragging door lock plunger.Many more uses, too.

  2. All good ideas I will go out later and buy a bar of lavender soap, even if it doesn’t work it will make the bed smell lovely 🙂

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  3. Yes all good ideas. The soap for making things not only smell nice but takes that musty smell out of everything. I put in stored clothes’ pockets, shoes, hats (can put these in plastic bag to ‘seal’ in the aroma) suitcases etc., & the best boxed soap is Aldi I’ve found, available in about 5 fragrances.

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    • I put the ends of soap that have become too small to use, once dried of course, in all my drawers and towel shelves.

  4. I would use soap in these ways, the ideas are very good, but I never use soap in the bathroom and most definitely never in the shower. I detest the scum that soap leaves behind. I only ever use Refresh, a product that has no harmful ingredients, leaves you and the shower recess sparkling and doesn’t hurt the environment. I do put bars of soap in my underwear drawers, and place them in netting bags to hang in the wardrobe.

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    • Wanda Gale, It’s a Neways product. If you google it it might give you a supplier near you. We’ve been using it since 1994. I have a friend who is a distributor and keeps us supplied. I think if you pay and annual membership fee you can have it sent direct to you at a discounted price. They also have shampoos and conditioners, plus other stuff. We use a variety of products. Very happy with them

  5. Thank you SAS for suggesting the lavender soap at the foot of the bed, I have just been into my box of little gifts I have for friends and discovered 2 bars of lavender soap, of which one is now in the foot of my bed, I can only hope it will work.

  6. yes I have usd a few of these from time to time, t hey are from the oldies but goodies… We have put them in undies drawers, different scented ones, instead of the drawer lines, for zippers they are great, thanks for reminding me to use them more.

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