Now that you’ve swapped over to soap bars, here’s how to get the most out of them.
1. Keep the soap away from water, when not in use.
Nothing will make your soap disintegrate faster than keeping it wet. Water breaks down the consistency of the soap and means you need to replace your soap much more frequently. Try to avoid storing your soap in a place that is constantly in contact with water, like in the direct stream of the shower. We keep ours inside the shower cubicle, but as its a double shower, the shelf that the bars live on is away from the water itself.
2. Let your soap dry properly.
Allowing the bar to air dry and lose its moisture will make a bar of soap harder (and therefore less likely to crumble), so that it lasts longer. The more time your soap spends completely dry, the longer it will last. (This follows on to tip 3…)
3. Always keep your soap in a suitable soap dish
It’s all about the drainage – be it wire rack, bamboo soap dish or a self-draining soap dish- drainage is the most important factor. Soap dishes without drainage keep the moisture there longer and will make it harder for your soap to dry out in between uses. Although some plastic and stainless steel soap dish designs look great, unless they have drainage, they are liable to make your soap soggy. All of our soap dishes have great drainage, so you can be sure they will help keep your bars going that little bit longer. Here’s a selection of them:
4. Store smaller pieces in a soap-saving pouch.
Once your soap bar breaks down into smaller pieces that are difficult to use, put those smaller pieces inside a soap-saving pouch. These small bags will work to contain the pieces for reuse, but they have the added benefit of acting as an exfoliating washcloth that you can use to bath yourself with the soap remnants inside.
5. Use a washcloth/loufah/pouf instead of your hands.
Skin is less able to produce and retain lather from soap than other materials. If you use a washcloth or loofah instead while you are bathing, the whole process will use less soap overall because the washcloth will create more lather and it the suds it creates will go farther than simply using your hands alone. This organic cotton bath pouf lathers up beautifully!
6. Take cooler showers.
Hot water will make your soap bars dissolve more quickly and will require more effort to make lather. A cooler shower will help your bar last longer by allowing it to maintain its shape and consistency for a longer period of time.
7. Cut the bar of soap into smaller pieces.
Smaller bars of soap last longer because you have smaller pieces in use. This means that only the smaller piece gets wet during each shower, so the other pieces can remain dry and stored until you are ready to use them. You could cut your soap bars into halves, or even thirds, so you only use one small piece at a time until it is gone.