Have you ever thought of what you could do with soap aside from giving yourself a bath?
I love to find new uses for old things or just different uses for everyday things that are cognitively linked to one use. One thing that we all use, or at least I hope we all use, is soap. The first things that pop into mind when someone says soap are bathing, washing, cleaning. But, what else can we do we soap. Let’s take a look.
1. Fish With It
Yep! For example, Ivory soap can be used as fish bait. You boil it down and allow it to sit and re-harden. This is just to prevent it from crumbling when you put it on the hook. If you are careful and gentle, you can just cut a chunk of the bar and ease it onto the hook. This is a technique used for years. I just recently saw an episode of Hooked on the Discovery channel where tribes were still predominantly using soap to fish for catfish.
2. Unscrew A Light Bulb With It
Anytime you have a broken light bulb that is still screwed in to the socket, just turn off the power and insert the corner of a dry bar of soap into the socket. With a few turns, the bulb will unscrew.
3. Keep Pest Away From Garden
A bar of strong smelling soap, like Irish Spring, will keep deer, raccoon, possums, etc.. out of the garden. They absolutely hate the smell of Irish Spring soap.
4. Keep Pest Off Flowers
Mix a 1 to 10 ratio of soap and water. Using a spray bottle, lightly spray the underside of leaves. Bugs will not be eating those leaves anytime soon, and it is still safe for the plant.
5. Deodorize Your Space
Spray fragrances and many candles put a variety of hazardous and unwanted chemicals into the air. Instead, take soap slivers or entire bars of soap to deodorize your home, car, closet, etc.. Just wrap the soap in an old piece of stocking and place where desired. An instant clean smell, without all the chemicals polluting the air you breathe.
6. Clean Someone Else With Your Soap
Before you say “yuck,” just hear me out. There are more than a billion people worldwide that survive on an income of just $1 a day or less. These people find it difficult just to provide food and shelter for their families, much less luxuries like soap. WHO links many deaths to preventable basics like sanitation. Stop and think about just not being able to wash your hands, for example. Organizations like “Soap for Hope,” “Global Soap Project” and “Clean the World” take used soap donations, sterilize it, melt it down, and remold the soap into fresh bars.
7. Fingernail Guard
Before you go out digging around in the garden or flower bed, just scrape your fingernails over a bar of soap. It will prevent dirt from getting under the nail, but easily washes away during bath time.
8. Flea Trap
Mix a little soap into a bowl of water. Place the bowl under a dim light before you go to bed. You will find the dead fleas floating when you wake up. Much less toxic and expensive than flea spray or powder.
9. Remove Wallpaper
Mix a little soap into a bowl of water. Dip a sponge into the water and it will help loosen the glue as you remove the wallpaper.
10. Detect Gas Leaks
Mix a little soap with water. Dip a cloth or sponge into the mixture and rub along pipes. If you have a gas leak, you will see the soap bubbling.
Feel free to add your own unusual uses for soap in the comment section!
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