New Uses for Soaps
1. Pretty Pincushion
Stick needles and pins in a wrapped bar of soap. The soap's oils make the pointy ends glide through fabric sew easily.
2. Deodorant Substitute
In a pinch, swab under your arms with a dry bar (whichever one is handy) to fight that not-so-fresh feeling.
3. Car Freshener
Tuck a cake of scented soap in your car-door compartment for a subtle aroma that's superior to any cardboard (or "rearview mirror") pine tree.
4. Insect Repellent
Put a few unwrapped bars of rosemary, lemongrass, or citronella soap on a picnic table and unwanted flying guests will bug off.
5. Mirror Marker
Keep your love notes clean: Scribble on a mirror with a bar of soap. It is cheaper than lipstick and wipes off more easily.
6. Stain Remover
Pretreat grass and dirt stains with a few gentle swipes of a dry bar (any kind will do).
7. Itch Reliever
Can't stop scratching that mosquito bite? Rub it with a bar of oatmeal- or aloe-infused soap to quell the urge.
8. Hem Guide
When you're fresh out of tailor's chalk, use a bar of soap to mark a new hem on your fashion masterpiece.