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12 July 2010 @ 12:11 pm
Recycled Soap  
Wow. I've got to come up with a new name for this stuff.

I made soaps the other day, because apparently I've become stuck in the mid-1800's. If I turn in Colin the sexy black Toyota Sequoia for a horse and buggy, I'm going to need one of you to stage an intervention.

And the soaps aren't really recycled. I didn't use "used" soaps. That would be kind of icky, huh?

No, I used those hotel soaps that they lay out on the vanity of all the hotels in which we stay while we're traveling, and that I never use because I bring my own body wash and mesh sponge. Yet, I still TAKE the soaps. Why, you ask?

Pffft. Free soap?

I dunno. It's a sickness, I suppose, and frankly, not the worst one I have. But this is not a blog that will make a foray into the deep psychological soap thieving issues that I have, but rather a superficial post about what you can do with something that you already have.

Sometimes superficiality is for the best, don't you agree?  Besides, it's a Monday, and everyone knows Thursdays are reserved for all deep-seated issues.

Okay, enough with the psychological nonsense.  See? New soap. And some of them are spectacularly good quality. (Because my hubs takes me to some pretty nice places. ;)  And because every time I order from Lush, they send me little samples.)

First, you unwrap them.


Look how cute this one is! I almost hate to use it.

But I'm soldiering on.

You take the old-fashioned grater, rather than a microplaner or one of the newer graters, because we're looking for chunks of soap rather than a fine powdery shavings.

This one.

I used this side.

Don't grate your fingers. 

You might think this is obvious, but I'm throwing in the advice there because I nearly always do...

It's pretty, don't you think?

Then you take some oats.  And you upload the picture sideways, to throw everyone off.

Throw in a handful or so of the oats.

Then you sprinkle a little water over the mixture, and pop it in the microwave for one minute intervals until the soap starts to expand and bubble up.

When it looks ready (Yeah, all of a sudden I've become my granny with recipes and I'm all vague. It's probably part of being stuck in another century. Use your best judgment), maybe two and a half, three minutes, you take it out and stir it all together, taking care to mush everything well.

"Mush" is a technical term, when used here.

Then you carefully take the mixture and spoon it into a greased (with olive oil) muffin tin (this one's an old one that I don't use much, because it's too shallow for normal muffin cups). When I say 'carefully,' I mean it, 'cause this stuff is freaking hot and it retains heat like a mother.

That's another technical term.

Smooth over the top, and wait for the soap to cool completely.

Pop them out of the muffin tin and allow then to dry out for a day or so. Trim up the edges, so they're pretty...

And then wrap them up in a sack (this one's leftover from party favors from one of the boys' birthdays), and give them away as sweet little handmade gifts, or stick 'em in your shower and use them yourself! These are pretty cool because the oatmeal is an awesome exfoliate.

I am:: at the bar
Carmen: misc-fashion-yellow-tophumbuggirl on July 12th, 2010 05:20 pm (UTC)
I would have the worst urge to eat it... hmm oatmeal.

The leaf shaped ones are really cute - where did they come from?
Carrie Leigh: Bunny winkcarrie_leigh on July 12th, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
Hm. I think the Mayfair Hotel in NYC.
Adelagia: mst3k | something vagueadelagia on July 12th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
Oooh really cool! I maaay have to try this at some point. My dad takes everything from hotels all the time; he literally has three bathroom drawers just full of hotel soap.
Carrie Leigh: I talk to myselfcarrie_leigh on July 12th, 2010 07:27 pm (UTC)
I'm comforted that someone else on the planet does that, too.

Your dad and I will be prepared if the cleanliness apocalypse ever comes.
Ayla: Aweabitofayla on July 12th, 2010 07:54 pm (UTC)
So does my granddad and he travels all the time. It's insane!

...but of course I do that too. :)
maureen: BV - Faith smilemaureen on July 12th, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
You are so freaking industrious, it's crazy! I think that is a fantastic idea. Would I ever do it? No way. I enjoyed 'watching' you do it, though. I even got a little tired watching you do it.
Carrie Leigh: Mini Scottycarrie_leigh on July 12th, 2010 07:29 pm (UTC)
I made you tired?

LOL. The whole endeavor took about 30 minutes, if you count rounding up all the little soaps and taking the pictures. Not long, at all.

I love that you're secure in your sloth. I have entire days where sitting around is all I do. :D Rock on, sister.
maureen: HF - shop talkmaureen on July 12th, 2010 07:35 pm (UTC)
Hahahaha. I'm a sloth goddess, I tell you what.

Actually, in all fairness to myself, I'm not slothful across the board. It's all about what is important to me. The way I organize/maintain my music collection, for example. Or keep all my silver jewelry (and I have a ton) clean. Or how I obsess about cleanliness around the apartment... but the domestic stuff? Cooking and creating and making (like plum jam!)... I just did not get that gene. Mac and Cheese out of the Kraft box is 'cooking' to me and there are many days that is just waaaaaay too much work.

(But I'll spend three hours 'organizing' my day planner to make it more efficient.)

Edited at 2010-07-12 07:36 pm (UTC)
Carrie Leigh: Wondertwin power activatecarrie_leigh on July 12th, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC)
And that right there is what makes us complement one another. I organize things only when I can't stand it anymore.

And I can stand it a LONG time. :)
maureen: wonder twinsmaureen on July 12th, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC)
Well, we can't be completely alike in just EVERYTHING or there would be some science fiction show about us out there.

I get an organizational BUZZ. Seriously. Best high ever.

Go look at the post I just did. I'm so pleased with myself I can't stand it.

Working really hard here at the office today...
Ayla: Intriguedabitofayla on July 12th, 2010 07:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you little Miss 19th century Suzy Homemaker :)

Next thing you know you'll have like 7 more childrent so they can work on the farm. And then there'll be a cow in the back yard.

Maybe if you're real lucky, you can buy some material and make yourself a purty dress for the ice cream social.
Carrie Leigh: my twisted ever aftercarrie_leigh on July 12th, 2010 08:14 pm (UTC)

You just made me laugh ALOUD.

Which I suppose is redundant, to type that out.

Don't forget the Barn Raisin', Ayla! I'll need somethin' in calico for that!

Dear God. *snort*
Ayla: Sillyabitofayla on July 12th, 2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
Oh definitely calico. I bet Nolan would really like that. You'd end up with another littl'un to help with the chickens in the end.

Oh dear...
goeungurlgoeungurl on July 15th, 2010 10:39 pm (UTC)
You're so creative!! I admire you. :)
Carrie Leigh: Arthur shycarrie_leigh on July 15th, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
Aw! *blushes*