I’m always searching for new ways to use old products, once they can no longer be used for their original purpose. Here are a few quick tips on what to do with soap scraps and old pantyhose!
I am a soap fiend! I always have no less than three (and often more!) different bars of soap in my shower (I usually cut full size bars into 3 or 4 pieces, since smaller bars makes it easier to fit onto my soap dish, and it also make soaps last a bit longer). So after a while, I am usually left with many little slivers of soap. A wonderful way to use soap scraps are to place them in a little mesh, muslin, or wash cloth bag (wash cloth bags are basically wash cloths sewn to make a bag). When placed in a bag, soap scraps create a lot of lather in the shower.
After a couple years of wearing a few pairs of pantyhose, they all decided to snag at the same time. I didn’t want to throw them away so I’ve been finding unique ways to use them. Here are a few ideas I’ve been using.I made herbal sachets with some of them. These aren’t as pretty as sachets made from scratch or ones made with organza bags, but in a pinch they work great! The material allows the scent of the essential oils to easily waft through the air; they are perfect for using in closets and drawers.
Believe it or not, they are great for dusting! The nylons are a magnet for dust so quickly and effectively pick it up. And they are easy to clean, so you can use them again and again for dusting.
Cut off the feet of your old pantyhose, and use one of the feet to place your soap scraps in, to use in the shower! They work just as well as a mesh, muslin, or wash cloth bag.
They can also be used in the bath! Fill them with a tablespoon of bath salts or bath mixes, and use it as a bath bag. The material will let the bath mix diffuse into the bath (while holding bits of herbs in. Makes clean up after a bath easier!)
My Eco Living article on herbal sachets: http://www.allnaturalbeauty.com/articles/eco-living/654-eco-living-lavender-and-herbal-sachets
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Li Wong is the owner of Earth Alkemie, an all natural, vegetarian skin care and mineral makeup company. She has a B.A. in Environmental Studies (Biology) and a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy. Li has been crafting natural cosmetics and studying aromatherapy and herbalism since 2001. Environmental interests include conservation, botany, ethnobotany (uses of plants by indigenous peoples), mammals, organic standards in cosmetics, urban wildlife issues, environmental education and awareness, and public perception. She is the all natural beauty website’s Eco Living and DIY Natural Beauty Formulating Expert, and the anb’s mall Eco Living writer. http://www.anbportal.com/meet_the_all_natural_beauty_experts.htm
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