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Soap in a Sponge




Put soap shards and leftover hotel soap bars to good use.


  • Utility knife
  • Natural sea sponge
  • Soap


  1. Step 1


    Use a utility knife to slice into the center of a natural sea sponge.

  2. Step 2

    Then insert soap and lather up. Every last bubble will be surrendered. The soap will stay in place as it shrinks, adhering to the fibers of the sponge.

Martha Stewart Living, August 2001



Reviews (28)

  • SheaShea 15 Jul, 2010

    Go to Amazon for mesh soap scrubbers...$1.49.
    But I think I like this idea better - more of a natural look in my bathroom (but I did love my mesh soap scrubber too).

  • JacquelynAdler 15 Jul, 2010

    Several years ago I bought 3 small mesh bags that were sold to hold leftover soap slivers. They had a drawstring, perfect for hanging in the shower. I would love to find thse again. The mesh bag provided a great surface for scrubbing, similar to the natural sponge. If anyone knows where I can get these again, please let me know.

  • Rigzkar 15 Jul, 2010

    to lisaemc2: I have often wondered how to "melt" the leftover soap... can you explain how you do that? My husband is good about using the leftover soap "Stuck" to a new bar but if I can melt it down to a bar shape, that would work for us both.Any suggestions out there? Otherwise I will put them in my garden too to deter the deer per joanneds - thanx

  • joanneds 15 Jul, 2010

    I put soap shards in my gardens to deter deer from eating my flowers!

  • sinz 14 Jul, 2010


  • shortshorts 14 Jul, 2010

    I also use the last of the soap by sticking it to the new bar and it sticks and no waste, been doing for years

  • coco1101 14 Jul, 2010

    I use these soap shards like this: I have a rectangle bag made out of terrycloth. One end has velcro. I open the velcro and put the soap in, close up the bag. It also has a ribbon sewn into the open edge, about 4-5" long. I use this bag to clean out my tub when I bathe, soap up the tub, use a clean rinse, hang the bag on the tub water spout and let it dry. I've done this for ages and it's a great time saving tool.

  • Orah 14 Jul, 2010

    Some of the best places I've found for those slivers are in your tool box, top drawer in kitchen, great for lubing sticky drawers and sliding glass door tracks. In your top drawer in dressing area for sticky zippers. If it's perfumed it doubles as a sachet. Now wouldn't that be cute, lacy bags for the slivers among your top drawer nothings!

  • kitkat0708 14 Jul, 2010

    I put those little soap bars onto the big bars. When the soap is wet enough press it onto the big ba, sometime it take a few time but in will stick.

  • Grc 14 Jul, 2010

    I am thinking about getting a pack of sponges at the dollar store and trying this. It would be worth the dollar. I guess the sponge can be washed in the washing machine or thrown away after use to keep this sanitary.

  • MavisMac 14 Jul, 2010

    My husband complimented my idea to put the soap shards into a leftover mesh veggie bag. I then tie up the ends and have a bag of soap that he loves to clean his grimey hands after yard work.

  • Houseblessings 14 Jul, 2010

    I just had an idea. I think I'll use my leftover cotton yarn to knit drawstring bags for my friends to go with their washcloths. These can be used to save leftover soap. Thanks, gretajean!

  • weeziemcc 14 Jul, 2010

    great idea, i have so many of those little soaps laying around, thanks, Louise

  • gretajean 14 Jul, 2010

    My grandmother used to crochet little bags for her soap pieces, and she used those in her bath. Nothing ever went to waste.

  • kathiemae 14 Jul, 2010

    I put all my little pieces of soap into a bath mitt.

  • lisaemc2 14 Jul, 2010

    I if I'm feeling ambitious I save it up, melt it down

  • lisaemc2 14 Jul, 2010

    I've been doing this for decades. I hate to waste anything so slivers of soap go in sponges, loofahs

  • ehmullins 31 Mar, 2010

    At first glance I thought this was a great idea. I went out, bought a $15 sea sponge, came home and cut a slit in it and inserted a sliver of soap. It won't bubble, no matter how hard I work it. What a waste of money and time.

  • aing 21 Mar, 2010

    hey ditaytayan, a soap dispenser with beads? You mean like putting beads from the craft aisle into a hand soap pump, adding soap slivers and a little water? Or is this something you purchase already made?
    Shermy, you're right about scum from shampoo, etc. It's all too pesky! But I did seem to notice more scum when I was using the soap in the little crocheted bag. Got a good lather and exfolliation, though!

  • ditaytayan 16 Mar, 2010

    Sponge could be a bacteria breeder! A soap dispenser with beads (and of course water) that melt the soap scraps is a good option.

  • Sherrmy 16 Mar, 2010

    I don't like sponges of any kind. I sewed an old washcloth into a 2.5 x 4.5 inch rectangle, leaving one side open. Just drop in the last of each bar of soap to use all the soap in a nice lather without splashing all over like a sponge does. No slivering the soap and inserting into a sponge, much easier....way too much work!
    Soap scum is soap scum, aing; it gets all over the curtain and walls right along with the shampoo and conditioner. Don't know why a sponge would be any worse.

  • aing 16 Mar, 2010

    Oh my goodness!! How did my comment repeat itself so many times?!?

  • aing 16 Mar, 2010

    Not a good idea. Coats shower curtain liner and shower walls in soap scum. Use only in sink to wash hands

  • aing 16 Mar, 2010

    Not a good idea. Coats shower curtain liner and shower walls in soap scum. Use only in sink to wash hands

  • aing 16 Mar, 2010

    Not a good idea. Coats shower curtain liner and shower walls in soap scum. Use only in sink to wash hands

  • aing 16 Mar, 2010

    Not a good idea. Coats shower curtain liner and shower walls in soap scum. Use only in sink to wash hands

  • aing 16 Mar, 2010

    I did this for 2 weeks with a pretty, hand crocheted soap bag. Then I discovered that the shower curtain liner was coated in soap scum! Then I realized why the shower walls were so hard to keep clean those 2 weeks: soap scum all over!! I've limited the soap leftovers to the sink I use to clean my hands after working in the garden

  • KristinEddinger 5 May, 2008

    So simple yet so smart.