The Soap Slip Saver

Aug 18, 2015

The Soap Slip Saver


On the first Thursday of every month I have lunch with my gardening mentor Andy Anderson. He is a grand guy with well over 30 years of experience as a soil scientist and general plant expert.

At our last lunch I told him that I was starting a weekly blog and that I had a mind to begin with the way that I used the last slip of soap in my shower by fixing it to a new bar. He immediately gave a deep chuckle, for which he is famous and said “I do the same!”

I really didn’t think that I had come up with a new idea but it felt really good to know that someone I knew and respected so much was also a soap slip saver.

If you are not a member of this “exclusive?” set, may I suggest a hint or two?

It helps if the unused bar has a slight concave base and matching curved top. As it gradually wears away it tends to retain its original shape.

When the time comes it is easier to keep on lathering until it’s almost too late, it’s easier to fix.



My example here is almost too large and needed to be warmed and scrubbed with an old toothbrush…no longer in use…but could always be re-employed if you have used a word that you have come to regret?

When the newly joined are left overnight I find they do well, even when secured one after another, again as shown.

So, what’s the point and why start a blog with such a mere slip of a thing?

I want to explore, with you, ways in which we might become a less consumptive people…alive, as we are, at this pivotal point in the history of our planet.

I really don’t care how apparently small and incidental the subject may be. It’s not the attainment that matters it’s the direction. After a good number of years paying attention to what I and my wife Treena eat, I have come to the conclusion that there are no good and bad choices…the only thing that really matters is…quantity and its calories. Eating less is almost always…best.

I don’t want to leave a lifetime of food experience behind but I do want to move on a bit and have a back and forth discussion (with you perhaps?) on how we might find ways to consume less, share more and by all means try to do less harm to both ourselves, those we love, our immediate community and beyond that…to this incredibly complex, beautiful and fragile planet.

I intend to make this as personal as possible and, as a result to avoid two major traps.

I do not want to be an ANGRY activist who declares anything as totally negative, reason and moderation should always be central to this exchange. I also want to avoid preaching at you. We live in a remarkable time where we still have, for the most part, the freedom to observe what others do (as in flash of silver examples) and choose to join in or not.

There will be a time when, if we do nothing, there will be regulations that strongly urge us to consume less…let’s get there before the rules begin?


  1. Scott Says: September 3, 2015 6:59 pm

    It was worth the wait. Great job!

  2. Leona Nelson Says: September 3, 2015 9:23 pm

    The desire is there to consume less, and we would like to make a concerted effort to move more effectively toward a healthy, peaceful life style.
    Your website is AMAZING!!.

  3. Andy Anderson Says: September 8, 2015 6:01 am

    Congratulations on all this new things that you have finished. The books that is a witness of how the Lord has changed your life and focus for living.

    Now you are starting again to use a relatively new medium of communication again. May He continue to use your enthusiasm and creativity for His Kingdom purposes.

  4. Linda Lauritzen Says: September 12, 2015 11:41 pm

    A slip of a thing … I like that! Funny thing is I just, for the first time, did this with my soap. It came off once and I found myself discontent with that and re-fixed it to the new bar. It was my first bar of handmade soap and I didn’t want to miss any of it! Then I run across this … I find it pleasing!

  5. Nancy Henderson Says: September 23, 2015 10:22 am

    I’ve done exactly the same with slips of soap all my life, and agree with you about consuming less. I remember something my parents, who were young during the depression, said, and it has stayed with me all these years: “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.”

  6. Jean N Sozio Says: October 15, 2015 5:40 pm

    Brilliant! I am amazed by new creation – thinking outside the box – seeing the bigger picture

  7. Jean N Sozio Says: October 15, 2015 5:43 pm

    A great example of what we become or can accomplish when we attach our small lives to one bigger than us

  8. Anita Griggs Says: October 19, 2015 2:34 pm

    Another way to re-purpose “soap slivers” is to collect them in a jar, add water and shake. Make your own liquid soap!

  9. Terry Haney Says: November 9, 2015 9:21 pm

    My hubbie has been doing this for a time but I think I will work outside the box to help him have a colorful and creative new bar by mixing one to two colors soaps into a select design and possibly adding oatmeal or other similar mediums. One never knows till we try.

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