Introduction: Recycle Your Old Soap
Have small insignificant pieces of soap in your bathrooms, kitchens, or workplaces? Follow this instructable and you can recycle your soap!
Step 1: Choppy Choppy!
What you'll need:
1. The ugly soap.
2. A styrofoam cup, or other microwave safe container you'd like.
3. A microwave.
4. Knife or the likes.
5. Disposable cutting surface, Paperplate!
Collect all of your little pieces of soap. These are usually the ones that have become small, balled up, dirty, or disfugured from too much use. Don't get me wrong, hand washing is a good thing. :)
Gather all of the mutant soaps and put them on a paperplate. Get your knife (I just used a butterknife) and cut all of the soap into tiny pieces. The smaller the better usually.
Step 2: Soap Formation.
After chopping up all those little soaps, mix up the newly formed pieces and place in a styrofoam cup. Push the soap pieces into the cup so that they are snug, and then fill the cup with water so it comes to the same level as the top of the soap.
Step 3: Microwave It.
Get your cup o' soap and put it in the microwave on something to collect anything that may fly out during the soap transformation (like a napkin).
Put your microwave on for maybe 30 seconds.
!!!WARNING: WATCH THE SOAP VERY CLOSELY, AS SOON AS YOU SEE ANYTHING RISE OUT OF THE CUP, TURN YOUR MICROWAVE OFF!!!
After you've microwaved the soap until some of the water rises out of the cup, remove it from the microwave and set it somewhere. You can use this time to find something that has the same diameter as the middle of the cup, and a sandwhich bag or ziploc bag. Put the object in the bag, (I used a vitamin bottle) and push it into the soap to make it more dense.
Step 4: Finishing.
Now, leave the water in the cup at the same level as the soap, and place the cup somewhere to sit for about a week. A good place to put it is somewhere around your sink, so incase it spills, it spills into the sink. After about a week, the water in the cup should evaporate, leaving you with a new bar of soap.
I hope you enjoyed this instructable!
This is an Idea I had that could maybe get small kids to wash their hands more. When you're in the begining stages of putting the soap pieces in the cup, maybe put a couple of quarters in the middle of it, when it solidifies there will be money in the middle, a reward for throughly washing hands. Little kids always love shiny money. :)
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What can I use in place of microwave?