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Old 12-05-2007, 06:29 PM
Donna Gedde Mistarted Donna Gedde Mistarted is offline
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Re: Soap. Do you stick the sliver of the old bar to the new bar?

I'd always done this until I was married. It was just what people (i.e., my mother) did with them. General idea: Waste not, want not.
My hubby always threw them out, based on his worldy wisdom of what his mother did. General idea: Don't sweat the small stuff.
Of course neither of us thought we could ask our friends without appearing petty.
So we compromised and kept separate soap dishes and separate habits.

But now I wonder what other people do.
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Old 12-05-2007, 06:32 PM
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I fixed that problem by not using bar soap at all.

If I did, I'd probably toss slivers.
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Old 12-05-2007, 06:35 PM
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I stick them together.
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Old 12-05-2007, 06:38 PM
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I stick them together. Did this very morning, in fact.
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Old 12-05-2007, 06:45 PM
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Mine never really stick all that well so I usually just get a new one.
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Old 12-05-2007, 06:53 PM
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I stick them together, my mother took it to another level though. She used to save up the slivers, melt them on the stove and pour them into an ancient mold she had.

It seems cheaper and a lot less work to just stick the slivers onto a new bar.

Jim
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Old 12-05-2007, 06:53 PM
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I stick the sliver to the new bar.
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Old 12-05-2007, 07:05 PM
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I remember my grandmother saving up the bars like What Exit?'s mother did, but I'm not exactly sure what she did with them. I think mostly we used them until they were gone.

We never stuck them together when I was growing up, but my wife did, and I started doing it too. The problem is that to get the sliver small enough to stick easily, it's not really large enough to still use in the shower easily. Just recently, I've started letting my sink bar get really small, and sticking that to the bar from the shower when it's moderately small, but still usable. That way, the shower bar is always large enough, and the sink bar doesn't have to be as big to be useful.
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Old 12-05-2007, 07:06 PM
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my mum placed the slivers on the new bar. or shaved the slivers for hand washing of unmentionables.

i use liquid soap.
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Old 12-05-2007, 07:11 PM
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I rarely use bar soap anymore, but when I did, and if I will again, then nope, sliver goes in the trash. It's what, ten cents worth of soap at best? Plus, I always found it hard to get the sliver to stick, and what if the new bar of soap is a different brand from the old one? What then?
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Old 12-05-2007, 07:16 PM
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I take the sliver and use it at the sink for hand soap. But then I use really expensive Lush soap, so I don't really want to waste it. If I were using less expensive soap I think I'd just throw it away.
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Old 12-05-2007, 07:17 PM
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I fixed that problem by not using bar soap at all.

If I did, I'd probably toss slivers.
Yep.
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Old 12-05-2007, 07:30 PM
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I chuck the sliver of the old bar into the sink where it gradually disappears over the next few days. Except for every once in a while, when I toss it in the loo. Pretty silly, really. Sticking the old bar to the new bar, you say? Damn, that's a good idea. I should probably have thought of that.
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Old 12-05-2007, 07:54 PM
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I just use the sliver until it's gone. Once it's small enough to be difficult to use effectively, it's only got another minute or two of life left anyway.
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Old 12-05-2007, 08:00 PM
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I remember my grandmother saving up the bars like What Exit?'s mother did, but I'm not exactly sure what she did with them.
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my mum placed the slivers on the new bar. or shaved the slivers for hand washing of unmentionables.
I suspect one question might have been answered.
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Old 12-05-2007, 08:06 PM
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Am I the only person who doesn't know what happens to the slivers? Generally, I keep forgetting to buy more soap and use it until it is miniscule. Then, in all the confusion of the shower, the sliver is just kind of gone, some times it gets small enough to go down the drain, but other times I can only assume my wife is eating them.
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Old 12-05-2007, 08:10 PM
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Grab the new bar before the sliver gets too small. Then use both of them in the shower that day. The way the sliver is pliable, and the outer skin of the new one is mushy. They stick together rather permanently once they've dried that way.
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Old 12-05-2007, 08:23 PM
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Grab the new bar before the sliver gets too small. Then use both of them in the shower that day. The way the sliver is pliable, and the outer skin of the new one is mushy. They stick together rather permanently once they've dried that way.
But of course! How else would one do so?
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Old 12-05-2007, 08:37 PM
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Saving sliver sticker here. NurseCarmen's got the technique right.
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Old 12-05-2007, 08:45 PM
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I stick them together, too. I'll be doing it tomorrow morning, actually.
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Old 12-05-2007, 09:04 PM
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I graft the sliver onto the new bar like the last several posters in the thread.
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Old 12-05-2007, 09:09 PM
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I stick 'em together even though my Darling Marcie laughs at me.
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Old 12-05-2007, 09:16 PM
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I stick them together, sometimes the bits fall off anyway. Looks like I need to check out NurseCarmen's technique. I've also rubbed a sliver entirely away onto my body. Beware the 'razor blade' stage.
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Old 12-05-2007, 09:28 PM
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NurseCarmen has the right idea. I like to compress the sliver into the new bar when both are adequately sudsy, then continue to massage the bar until everything is homogeneous.
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Old 12-05-2007, 09:58 PM
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I stick the sliver onto the new bar.
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Old 12-06-2007, 05:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Donna Gedde Mistarted
I'd always done this until I was married. It was just what people (i.e., my mother) did with them. General idea: Waste not, want not.
My hubby always threw them out, based on his worldy wisdom of what his mother did. General idea: Don't sweat the small stuff.
Of course neither of us thought we could ask our friends without appearing petty.
So we compromised and kept separate soap dishes and separate habits.
Welcome to my marital life (genders reversed), except my wife doesn't even wait until the soap is a sliver to throw it out. She just uses the bar until it is a smallish bar, with plenty of life still on it, and throws it out then, preferring not to rub it with the exquisite and gentle care necessary for it to last until it becomes a sliver suitable for attachment to its sister bar of soap.

We now have separate soap dishes (it helps we like different soaps) and try to avoid speaking of the matter, though I occasionally fear the pressure the purchase of an extra bar of soap or three every year puts on the family budget.
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Old 12-06-2007, 08:41 AM
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I used to just use them up, but Fast Eddie is the Official Sliver-Sticker-Onner of the soap in the shower. Self-proclaimed, of course. Everywhere else we use liquid soap.
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Old 12-06-2007, 08:51 AM
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I find it immensely satisfying to watch the old sliver blend into the new bar of soap.
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Old 12-06-2007, 09:37 AM
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I toss the sliver into the toilet which is usually conveniently located right next to the shower or tub. Poor sliver.
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Old 12-06-2007, 09:47 AM
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Plus, I always found it hard to get the sliver to stick, and what if the new bar of soap is a different brand from the old one? What then?
Frankenstein soap is what happens then. It's neat watching a sliver of hard Irish Spring worm its way into a soft bar of Ivory. It's alive, aliiiiiiiive
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Old 12-06-2007, 09:54 AM
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Frankenstein soap is what happens then. It's neat watching a sliver of hard Irish Spring worm its way into a soft bar of Ivory. It's alive, aliiiiiiiive

I'm glad I'm not the only one that thinks it's neat. Yes, I do stick the sliver to the new bar. Sometimes, if I change brands of soap than change again (usually back to the first) I can get a new bar with the outline of the old bar with the outling of the older bar. That's pretty cool!
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Old 12-06-2007, 10:14 AM
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The sliver falls off (at least it does withe me) as soon as the soap gets wet and any pressure is put on it, so I just throw it out.


If yours doesn't, why not?
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Old 12-06-2007, 10:19 AM
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While Mom used to stick the sliver to the new soap (always Dial yellow, so no problems with inter-saponin relationships), she would save one every so often for use in her sewing - the yellow sliver of soap can be used to mark fabrics with notches and circles for lining up pieces correctly.

Me, I use liquid soap. We have one bar of lavender something or other for guests who are into that sort of thing. It's been three years now we've had that bar, so the sliver question hasn't come up.

I actually uttered the phrase, "No honey, we don't use that soap, it's just for the guests," to my child the other day. Oy.

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Old 12-06-2007, 10:21 AM
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The sliver falls off (at least it does withe me) as soon as the soap gets wet and any pressure is put on it, so I just throw it out.


If yours doesn't, why not?
See post #17 for proper sliver-sticking technique. Always worked for Mom.
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Old 12-06-2007, 10:23 AM
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I actually uttered the phrase, "No honey, we don't use that soap, it's just for the guests," to my child the other day. Oy.
[nelson muntz] HA HA! You're turning into your mother. [/NM]

(I remember the first time I said...when I was your age. It was tramautic.)
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Old 12-06-2007, 10:27 AM
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Haven't bought bar soap in years. Liquid soap all the way. I use the stuff with the pump-top by the bathroom sinks, and this stuff in the shower.
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Old 12-06-2007, 10:28 AM
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[nelson muntz] HA HA! You're turning into your mother. [/NM]
AM NOT! I use chalk for marking my fabric!

(Try, "Because I said so." Ouch.)
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Old 12-06-2007, 10:29 AM
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We have a soap monster.

When husband and I got together, neither of us really did ANYTHING with the sliver but toss it into a soap dish and get a new bar out and put it in the shower. Then when that bar got to be a sliver, it too went into the soap dish. And so on. And so on. It grew into the soap monster. Made completely of slivers. It's pretty big actually. It's not the ORIGINAL one (that one got lost during one of our moves) but one we started when we moved to where we live now (around six years). Since neither of us is necessarily all that bright, we sometimes run out of new bars and the soap monster fills in until we can buy another eight pack of Irish Spring (there's no cross contamination since that's the only soap we've ever used).

I could take a picture of it if anyone wanted to see it...
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Old 12-06-2007, 10:35 AM
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Right after we were married, as is required of all newly married people, we were poorer than the poorest of the poor dirt.

When each bar of soap got to the sliver stage, I'd attach it to my supplemental 'clod-o-soap' which was comprised of all those slivers slammed together into a ball, and kept behind the shampoo on the shelf in the shower where it wouldn't disintegrate. When we ran out of soap and needed diapers more than we needed soap for the shower, we had the clod to fall back on.

After years, and moving with us a few times, the clod was the size of a baseball, and quite colorful. I became pretty attached to the colored clod, even sometimes choosing to use it just so I could see what colors would be revealed after a few uses.

After a time, I would even intentionally buy soap for the color, thinking ahead to the effect a new color would have on my clod.

Stop looking at me like that.


ETA - I was writing while Missy2U was posting practically the same damn story. Unfortunately, I threw the clod out several years back, but I know that deep inside were 20+ year old bits of soap, dying to feel the rush of water, and the comfort of a warm underarm just one more time.

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Old 12-06-2007, 11:48 AM
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I put the soft shards through a garlic press and use them as laundry powder for diapers.
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Old 12-06-2007, 12:40 PM
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I just always assumed that the handy dandy concave side of the Dial soap was so you would have a convenient place to attach the sliver of old soap.

No?
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Old 12-06-2007, 01:09 PM
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I'm quite frugal and I will meld the old slivers onto the new bars. A penny saved is a penny saved, after all (not "earned", please note). I have found that if the old sliver gets too small then it won't bond to the new bar.
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Old 12-06-2007, 01:18 PM
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Am I the only one who saves the slivers to spread on my bagel after the shower?
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Old 12-06-2007, 01:57 PM
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My parents always used to stick the sliver on. I blindly followed suit for a while, but then realised that the sliver upsets the smoothness and symmetry of the new bar, so I now toss it out. Must not turn into parents....
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Old 12-06-2007, 02:21 PM
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I stick them together, primarily because I really like a large bar of soap to wash with and replace the existing soap long before others would say it was too small. Soap is cheap and I could afford to throw it out, even the way I use it - but why be wasteful?

My last girlfriend somehow found this wrong and would always pry apart the soap and throw out the smallest part.
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Old 12-06-2007, 02:23 PM
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I use it until itís as small as possible and then stick it between my butt cheeks and run in place until I have an ass that foams up like a mad dog.
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Old 12-06-2007, 02:38 PM
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I just always assumed that the handy dandy concave side of the Dial soap was so you would have a convenient place to attach the sliver of old soap.

No?
I'm with ya on that, jammer.

Now here's were I anticipate being handed my head, but isn't soap soap? My wife buys the soap, and it is always white Dial. I'm sure she has her reasons - most likely due to the lack of odor (the soap's, not mine). It never crossed my mind to ask her, "Hey, why don't we try some Irish Spring/Dove/Caress/etc. this time."

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Old 12-06-2007, 02:41 PM
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I just use the sliver until it's gone. Once it's small enough to be difficult to use effectively, it's only got another minute or two of life left anyway.
Ditto
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Old 12-06-2007, 05:02 PM
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I could take a picture of it if anyone wanted to see it...
Hell, yes. Granted, it won't be as interesting as the zit thread or the cat abcess, but still. . .
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Old 12-06-2007, 05:44 PM
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Stick it to the new one, if there is anything left. I normally use it until it disintegrates.
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