Despite the amazing quality of our handmade soaps, there is a common misconception that these soaps don't last as long as their commercial counterparts. However, with proper care and usage, you can extend the life of your handmade bar soap by weeks or even months. If you want to keep using your handmade soap for a long time, here are some tips guaranteed to increase the longevity and consistency of your chosen bar soap.
1. Keep the soap away from water.
Nothing will make your soap disintegrate faster than keeping it wet. Water breaks down the consistency of the soap and makes it necessary to replace your soap much more frequently. Avoid storing your soap in a place that is constantly in contact with water, like in the direct stream of the shower.
2. Let the soap air dry.
Allowing the air to dry out its moisture will make a bar of soap harder (and therefore less likely to crumble) so that it lasts longer. The more time your soap spends completely dry, the longer it will last. Because of this, the more people who use a bar of soap, the faster it will need to be replaced. More users mean less time between showers and more time that the soap will spend wet.
3. Always keep your soap in an appropriate soap dish that allows for drainage.
A wire rack, wood soap dish, or a self-draining soap dish. Soap dishes without drainage keep the moisture longer and will make it harder for your soap to dry out in between uses.
4. Store smaller pieces in a soap-saving pouch.
Once your soap bar breaks down into smaller pieces that are difficult to use, but those smaller pieces inside a soap-saving pouch. This small bag will work to contain the pieces for reuse, but it also acts as a type of exfoliating washcloth that you can use to bath yourself with the soap remnants inside. Instinct is looking for some awesome soap savers.
5. Use a soap pouch instead of your hands.
Skin is less able to produce and retain lather from soap than other materials. If you use a soap pouch instead while bathing, the whole process will use less soap overall because the pouch will create more lather, and the suds it creates will go farther in cleaning your body than simply using your hands alone.
In conclusion, these tips have been found to extend the life of handmade soap as long or longer than commercial soap. Natural soap is quite unlike what you're probably used to.