When you work a bar of soap down to a thin little sliver, it becomes almost useless for washing in the shower. But on the other hand, it is still 100 percent perfectly good soap. The conservative solution is to use the sliver until it's gone, but the convenient solution is to throw it out and immediately switch to a new bar. Luckily, you have a third option--fuse the two together with the following steps.
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Things you need
- Sliver of soap
- New bar of soap
- Soap dish
Pour a thin layer of water into your soap dish and set the sliver of soap inside. Allow the sliver to soak for at least six hours.
Open a brand new bar of soap and get it wet. Rub your hand in a circular motion on the smoothest side of the bar of soap until you work up a good lather on that side.
Pick up the sliver of soap and place the side that had been soaking directly in the water onto the side of the new bar that you just lathered up. Press them together firmly.
Firmly rub your thumbs along the seam where the two bars meet. Rub all the way around until the seam where they connect becomes almost invisible to the naked eye.
Set the freshly fused bar of soap back into the soap dish with the fused side down. Make sure there is still a little bit of water in the dish for the soap to soak in.
For the first several times that you use the soap, scrub with the fused side. You'll use up the sliver of soap first and you won't have to worry about the two bars separating after a few showers.
Tips and warnings
- If you don't mind trying different types of soap, try this with two soaps of different colors. That way, you will be able to tell exactly when the old bar has been completely used up.
- This technique does not work quite as well with glycerin soaps as with traditional white bars.