Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Undirty Uses for Soap

As they say cleanliness is next to Godliness....but did you know that soap can help you do more than wash away "dirty deeds"?

We have looked up some of the most common, unusual, fun, and/or helpful uses for soap. Bet you didn't know you can fish, catch fleas, change a light bulb and deodorize your car with a simple bar of soap.

1. Deodorizer- I have always collected various room spray fragrances and candles to help make my house smell good (most of the time to distract from its disarray :) However many of these products contain a variety of hazardous and unwanted chemicals that we spray into the air. Instead, take soap slivers or entire bars of soap to deodorize your home, car, closet, etc.. Just wrap the soap in an old piece of stocking and place where desired. An instant clean smell, without all the chemicals polluting the air you breathe.

2. Unscrew a broken light bulb - Yep, no more annoying how many "____" does it take to change a light bulb jokes. Anytime you have a broken light bulb that is still screwed in to the socket, just turn off the power and insert the corner of a dry bar of soap into the socket. With a few turns, the bulb will unscrew.

3. Lubricant - Soap can help cantankerous drawers, windows, hinges, or screws. Rub a bar of soap on your drawer glides and the bottoms of the sides to ease sticky drawers. For windows, rub the soap on the sliding elements. If you have a project and the screws are a little hard to get in, try rubbing the tips with soap to make them easier to screw in.

4. Flea Trap - Keep your pets, get rid of the feas. Mix a little soap into a bowl of water. Place the bowl under a dim light before you go to bed. You will find the dead fleas floating when you wake up. Much less toxic and expensive than flea spray or powder.

5. Pin Cushion - Love this one, useful and keeps your sewingsewiing area smelling great. Wrap a bar of soap in a bit of cloth and use it as a pincushion. Again, the soap will act as a lubricant, making them easier to insert into fabric.

6. Loosen Stuck Zippers - Just rub a little down your zipper and it will get it moving again.

7. Mark a Hem - Another sewing helpmate, if you run out of chalk just use a sliver or bar of soap make your lines and then they wash right out.

8. 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.

9. Pest Repellant -A bar of strong smelling soap, like Irish Spring, will keep deer, raccoon, possums, etc.. out of the garden. They absolutely hate the smell of Irish Spring soap

10. Dirty fingernail prevention - Before you do your next gardening project, scrape your fingernails over a bar of soap. The resulting soap accumulation will keep dirt from getting under your fingernails and will wash away at clean up.

11. Bug bites - Rub the bites with a dampened bar of soap for instant itch relief. It also helps keep the bites clean.

12. Fish Bait - For example, Ivory soap can be used as fish bait. You boil it down and allow it to sit and re-harden. This is just to prevent it from crumbling when you put it on the hook. If you are careful and gentle, you can just cut a chunk of the bar and ease it onto the hook. This is a technique used for years. I just recently saw an episode of Hooked on the Discovery channel where tribes were still predominantly using soap to fish for catfish.


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