4 Tips For Stretching A Bar Of Soap In The Shower
Use a washcloth, or a loofah, instead of your hands.
Your hands have this amazing inability to produce and retain lather. It’s the nature of the beast. So then, why do we keep trying to use them, over and over, to make lather? Wash smarter by using a washcloth or loofah. Get it soapy once with a couple good rubs of the bar, and then put the bar away. The washcloth or loofah will absorb the lather and keep it going for you, so you can keep on washing. All while using less soap.
Keep it out of water.
When you’re done smothering your washcloth or loofah, that is. Storing soap in the stream of water and/or steam, or on a solid ledge built into the shower, will make the soap break down quicker. Have you ever opened a bar of soap, and then mysteriously just a few weeks later it’s suddenly melted into nothing? Blame the water. Use something that encourages air flow like a soap dish so the water can drain off and the soap can dry. Then, keep that ledge at the opposite end of the shower so it dries faster. The key is air circulation, so skip the fancy dishes that don’t have holes. You want holes, and the more the better.
Let it air dry, completely.
If multiple people are using the same bar of soap each morning, one person right after another, the bar will always be wet and never fully dry… and therefore, continuously in the process of melting. However, if the bar is allowed to dry completely before being used again, it’ll last much longer.
Give each person their own bar of soap – and each their own ledge – allowing the bars to dry completely before using again, and your toiletry budget will thank you.
Cut the bar into pieces.
There’s a thought that bigger bars of soap last longer. However, there is scientific evidence to the idea that a smaller surface area of soap means less soap hits the water, meaning the soap will last longer. Take your bar of soap to the kitchen and cut it in half, or thirds if you can. Swap a smaller bar for a bigger bar and you’re done. Remember we self soap loaves and you have the ability to cut to your liking. Typically a soap loaf can last an individual up to 1 year.