Before I made the foamy soap holder from a garlic bag which makes natural bar soap behave like liquid foamy soap, I was really focused on another problem altogether: how to make better use of the tiny bits of bar soap when the bar is almost gone.
For me, the dreaded bar soap moment happens when I’m taking a shower and the bar splits in my hand. It’s inevitable though. Bars wear down and eventually break apart. Now I’ve got two little nubs and they’re easy to drop and they’re hard to pick up. I’ve tried the method of sticking the used bits to a new bar, but never with satisfying results.
So I decided to make a little pocket for the soap bits. Just a little mesh pocket that holds the bits in one place and allows the soap to get foamy with little effort. And what I’ve discovered is that those little bits of soap that otherwise would have been thrown away will actually last a couple of more weeks. And since they’re being held together, we’ve actually used them until they’re completely, 100% gone. It’s pretty incredible.
Here’s how you can make your own soap bit pocket
I like to make a paper mockup first, so that I am sure I understand the folding and sewing. I’ll use a paper mockup here to make the sewing steps easy for you to see. If you want to skip the paper mockup and go straight to the fabric, go for it.
Step 1: Find yourself some meshy fabric. You can buy some at the fabric store or you can see what you’ve got around the house. I recommend using an old pair of pantyhose or any other material that is light and meshy. Depending on your fabric, you may want to double it.
Step 2: Cut your fabric in to a rectangle of about 5 inches long by 2 inches tall.
Step 3: Fold both of the short edges up into flaps at about ¼ of an inch.
Step 4: Sew those edges down. (If you want to make it very neat, fold each side up at ⅛ inch twice so that the ragged edge is completely rolled in.)
Step 5: Flip your fabric over so that your flap side is facing down.
Step 6: Fold your fabric in thirds with the flap edges facing up, leaving about ⅛ inch between the flap edges and the folded edges. Leaving this space will help with the flipping right-side-out that comes in step 8.
Step 7: Rotate your fabric so that the a flap side is pointed up. Sew along both the side edges.
Step 8: Turn the finished pocket right-side-out, twice. This will make sure all of your seam edges are on the inside.
Step 9: You’re finished! Now you can load it with your soap bits.
Loading your soap bit pocket
- Flip open one of the flaps.
- Drop your soap bits into the pocket.
- Flip the flap closed again.
Tips for Best Results
- If your fabric is too thin, your soap will kind of bleed through. You can double up the fabric for better results.
- You don’t need to run the loaded soap pocket under water every time you use it because it will remain a little damp from the previous time.
- A few small bits work best. If you love this thing so much that you decide to cram bigger chunks of bars in it, you may find that your soap will get mushy and will bleed through. It’s really best as a last-remnant soap bit pocket.