I'm often asked 'how long does your soap last?'. While I appreciate the response 'how long is a piece of string?!' is not useful, it's life can be lengthened by doing a few simple things.
Here at Mudd Shack, we are ever so slightly fanatical about people converting to soap. Not only for it's benefits for your skin, but also the benefits to our planet.
A simple bar of soap can replace so many plastic-wrapped items, the obvious ones being hand wash and shower gel. Soap bars last far longer than liquid soap as they use less water, meaning you get more for your money. And just when you thought they couldn't get any better, most soap bars use five times less energy to produce than liquid soap!
Be a good host
The trick to giving your soap a long life, is to keep them as dry as possible between uses. Using a soap dish with drainage and storing them outside of the shower can help. If you use your soap bar in a sisal bag, make sure to hang it up between uses to allow it to dry.
give it some space
Our beeswax soap bars are made using the cold process method, and are left for a minimum of a month before being sold. This is to allow them to cure, allowing the excess water to evaporate and the bar to become harder.
I know it's tempting to dig straight into your brand new soap bar, the minute it lands on your doorstep, but to get the most out of your soap you could pop it in the airing cupboard for a few days to harden even more. This is not essential, but does ensure if it has picked up any excess moisture on it's travels to you, they are evaporated.
cut it up
Our largest soap bars (100g) are quite a hefty lump of natural beeswax goodness, and can almost be too large. (If that's even possible!). If you cut your bar into two, or even three pieces, it can further prolong the life of your soap. The other pieces can then be put in the airing cupboard keeping them hard and dry for when they're needed. You could also put some in a soap bag to use in the shower, or even pop some in a tin for hand-washing on the go!
end on good terms
Towards the end of it's life, your soap bar will probably break up into smaller pieces. When they get so small they are unusable, just pop them into your soap bag to use in the shower. Or you could get crafty and turn them into liquid soap. (Find our easy tutorial here!)
We are a small family of three, who wash their hands quite alot (even before Covid!). We have one bathroom in our bungalow where the majority of the handwashing occurs, and often use the 20g bars of soap. (Usually the slightly wonky ones that can't be sold!)
These tiny bars will usually last us around 10 days, being kept on a bamboo soap dish, therefore being left to dry between uses. Then ends also get put into our soap bag to use in the shower. If these tiny bars give us 10 days worth of hand-washing, just imagine how long a larger bar of soap will last if cared for properly?!