So you know you love Shugar and Venezia soaps, but did you think you could love them any more? These clever tricks may indeed make Shugar your go-to solution for more than a relaxing, refreshing, clean. Here are 20 uses for bar soap you may not have considered. Keep this list handy for future reference.
Get Out Of Tight Spots
- Removing Tight Rings From Your Fingers – wet a bar of soap and use the lather from it to loosen that ring. It gets slippery enough to come off easily and cleans up really well.
- Zipper Slides – if your zipper is stuck, rub a soap bar over the teeth. Don’t wet it first, but use it dry. The waxy feel from the soap bar will help the zipper to slide better.
- Stuck Drawers – loosen drawers that stick by rubbing a bar of soap across the slides. Like the zipper, the drawers will slide much better.
- Stuck Sliding Doors – rub a bar of soap over the door slides to make them run much easier.
- Mark Your Sewing Spot – keep hems and cuffs even by using soap to mark where your seam needs to be. It’s quick and easy and washes right out when you’re done.
- Give Your Needles Some Slide – stick a needle, either for hand or machine sewing, into a bar of soap. Some fabrics create a lot of friction, but soap helps the needle to slide right through the fabric.
- Remove Stains (Dry) – rub a dry bar of soap over a stain and wash as usual. This works really well for surface stains, like grass or dirt. Stubborn stains may take more than one application.
- Laundry Stain Remover (Wet) – wet a bar of soap and rub over a stain. Using it wet helps the soap to penetrate the fabric better. This works really well for soaked in stains, like blood.
- Laundry Stain Remover: (Make Liquid Soap) – shave a bar of soap and place it in a bowl. Add just enough water to wet thoroughly. Let sit until it turns into a paste. Add a teaspoon of the paste to a spray bottle and top with warm water. Shake gently and apply to stains, This works really well with surfaces such as carpets where the liquid needs to really get into the fabric.
- Laundry Soap – use the same paste as above to clean your laundry. A tablespoon at most will clean an entire load. Use a smaller amount, like a teaspoon for HE washers.
Get Rid Of Pests
- Aphid Killer – use the same paste diluted in water as a spray for aphids. Simply spray the plant until the liquid drips. The soap in the spray will kill aphids fast.
- Bug bites – rub a dampened bar of soap over a bug bite. Let sit for a few minutes, then wash off. This can help to relieve the pain and itching.
- Animal Deterrent in the Garden – make a pouch with a spare piece of fabric and add a chunk of soap to it. Hang where you don’t want deer munching on your hostas or bears in your blueberries.
- Flea Killer – set up a natural flea killing station. Take a light bulb and place it in a lamp close to the floor. Night lights work great for this. The take a shallow dish with warm water in it, add some soap shavings, and place it under the light. Fleas will be attracted to the light at night and will jump into the soapy water and die.
Freshen Up, Clean Up
- Suitcases Freshener – keep a few bars of soap in suitcases in between uses. This helps to keep them from smelling musty. Freshening things up is one of the most versatile uses of soap.
- Closet Freshener – use the bar soaps as above for suitcases. Soap will help keep closets from smelling musty and if you use cedarwood essential oil, can also help keep moths away.
- Shoe Freshener – tuck a small piece of soap in each shoe at night and they will smell fresh in the morning. This works great for things like boots that aren’t worn very often.
- Fingernails – before going out to work in the garden, scrape your fingernails across a bar of soap. The soap left behind under the nail will not only help keep dirt out but also makes clean up easier.
- Camp Cooking – rub a bar of soap over the bottom of the outside of the pan and the soot will clean up easily.
- Body Care – use Shugar Soapworks every time you wash your hands, shower, or bathe to keep your skin healthy, smooth, and fresh.