You use soap in the shower, and you may even have some on your bathroom sink. For thousands of years, soap has kept us clean. But those nifty bars have lots of other uses, too. Check out these for 25 unusual ways to use soap around your home (in addition to your body).
1. Keep your fingernails clean: While you’re working in the garden or potting plants, scrape your fingernails over a bar of soap to collect slivers underneath them. This will prevent dirt from caking under your nails and the soap washes out easily.
2. Keep bugs off plants: Soap works as an insect repellent and can protect your plants from being eaten by bugs. Mix soap with water until it’s sudsy, then put the water solution in a bottle and spray the underside of plant leaves.
3. Relieve itchy bug bites: Itching caused by bug bites can be soothed by rubbing the area with a wet soap bar. It also helps keep the bites clean.
4. Keep your clothes fresh: Place bars of soap in closets, drawers, suitcases, and bins where you store your clothing. It’ll also repel bugs and prevent musty odors.
5. Rid your house of fleas: Place some liquid soap in a bowl mixed with water under a light and it will attract fleas and they will drown.
6. Soot prevention: If you’re planning a cook out using a cast iron pot, rub a bar of soap over the bottom of the pot before you set it over the open flame. The soap will make for easy cleanup, as the soap will prevent the soot from accumulating.
7. Detect gas leaks: Rub a bar of wet soap over your gas pipes as a quick way to check for a gas leak. If it bubbles anywhere, you’ve got a problem.
8. Loosen a stiff door lock: Lubricate the key by rubbing it with soap.
9. Smelly sneakers, boots or shoes: Simply place a wrapped bar of the soap in your shoes, sneaker or boots and leave overnight. They will be fresh smelling by morning.
10. Remove wallpaper glue by mixing with warm water and sponging it on the walls.
11. Clean dirty windowsills by running the wet edge of a bar along them.
12. Lubricate the metal rails of sticking desk drawers.
13. Snap aluminum or vinyl siding into place easier with a zip tool that’s been dapped with the liquid.
14. Remove stains from fabric: Rub a damp bar of white soap over stains, then wash the clothes
15. Household bug repellent: Mix soap and water and place in a spray bottle and spray around your home to rid your house of spiders and bugs.
16. Rub a wet bar of soap over an area with broken glass to help collect small shards.
17. Make your own bug repellant by pouring sudsy water into a spray bottle.
18. Rubbing soap over a squeaky door hinge will help eliminate the awful sound.
19. Pack a bar of soap in your luggage for a simple air freshener.
20. Create your own fruit and veggie wash by mixing a quarter cup of bar soap with two cups cold water and a tablespoon of vinegar.
21. Cover your glasses with soapy water and wipe clean to prevent them from fogging up.
22. Run a bar along zipper teeth to avoid a jam.
23. Add flakes of soap to hot water and apply the mixture to wallpaper for easy removal.
24. Lather up your key to help loosen stiff locks.
25. Make your own hydrating shave lotion: Mix together a solution of one part hot water and one part grated bar soap.
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