How to make soap using leftover pieces

23 Aug 2020

What do you do with your leftover solid soap pieces at home?

 

 

Some people use the thin leftover soap for sewing, but others just throw them in the trash! Indeed, once our favorite bar of soap is too thin, it is very difficult to use.

 

In order to move towards zero waste and save money, we have a new tip for you: recycle all your leftover soap pieces to create a new soap. It is safe, easy and ecological!

 

But why creating homemade soap?

 

Besiode the fact that it represents a real economy, it is very pleasant to do a craft activity. You will therefore have fun making your soaps with your own hands. Let your creativity speak.

 

You can tailor your new soap to your tastes and skin type by adding various selected essential oils.

 

Do you like scented soaps? When preparing, simply add natural elements instead of essential oils like mint leaves, rosemary, lavender flowers, etc.

 

You have endless possibilities to create a custom homemade soap from your leftovers pieces.

 

Here is the simple recipe developed and tested at Vert Essentiel to create a new soap with all the accumulated scraps.

 

You will need:

 

  • About 1 cup of grated soap pieces, passed in a food processor or blender
  • A microwaveable bowl
  • A bit of water
  • Vegetable oil of your choice (Method 1 only)
  • Essential oil of your choice
  • A silicone mold

 

Method 1 – In the microwave

 

  1. Using a cheese grater or food processor, cut the leftover soap you wish to recycle into fine pieces.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, place the cup of grated soap, add 1 tablespoon of water, mix and heat for 30 seconds at maximum power.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil of your choice, which barely smells, mix well and heat again in the microwave for 15 seconds.
  4. Add 5 or more drops of essential oil then make sure it is evenly mixed before placing it in silicone molds (recommended because it is much easier to unmold).
  5. Leave it to dry for 2 days at room temperature then unmold. Then let it dry for a few weeks in order to harden.

 

Method 2 – On the stove

 

  1. Using a cheese grater or food processor, cut the leftover soap you wish to recycle into fine pieces.
  2. In a glass measuring cup placed in a bain-marie, combine 1 cup of grated soap with 3 tablespoons of water.
  3. Heat for about 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring regularly to make a whipped-looking paste.
  4. Add 5 or more drops of essential oil and pour into silicone molds (recommended because much easier to unmold).
  5. Leave it to dry for 2 days at room temperature then unmold. Then let it dry for a few weeks in order to harden.

 

Happy soap recycling!

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