If you grew up in a house like mine, you probably had the same three things in the shower as me: shampoo, conditioner, and a bar of soap.
Before our list of bathroom must-haves got really complicated, we relied on that little bar to keep clean. And it did the job really well.
While people aren't buying these useful little bricks as much as they used to, they really should.
As it turns out, soap isn't just for the shower. There are all kinds of clever uses for this bathroom staple, in every room of your house.
1. Pest Repellent
No one likes finding creepy crawlies in their home, and soap keeps almost all of them away.
- A soap bar (wrapped in thin fabric, to avoid leaving a stain) will keep mice and moths away from any room.
- Soapy water is a simple but effective natural bug repellent for your garden. Just spray a little on the leaves of your plants.
- Hanging bars of soap along your property line will keep larger critters, like deer, away from your plants too.
2. Pretreat Stains
Every stain requires a slightly different approach, but soap is one of the few ingredients that helps clean them all.
Rub the bar over a stain before you treat or wash it. Be sure to follow our handy stain guide if you're not sure which product cleans which.
3. Break In Shoes
If a pair of old, tight, leather shoes are pinching your feet, a bar of soap can give you relief in a surprising way.
Rub the soap inside the shoe, this will soften up the material but won't damage the shoe or mark it. Your foot should slip in with ease and feel much comfier.
4. Guard Against Paint Marks
It's so predictable: no matter how much painter's tape you use, you're bound to leave marks on a doorknob, or the adjoining wall, or somewhere else in the room.
If you rub those surfaces with a bar of soap - along the corners, on door frames, metal fixtures - any paint that bleeds on can be washed off very easily, leaving no marks behind.