Bar soap really gets around. The first use of soap dates back to 2800 BC, when ancient Babylonians crafted a soap-like material made from animal fat and ashes to wash wool.
These days, bar soap is used for much more than just washing. It’s a total workhorse. From your bed to the backyard, it’s got more uses than you can imagine.
We’re coming clean in this article about the wonderful, surprising, and sometimes mythical ways bar soap can improve your life.
How to use bar soap in your bed
Yes, you read that right. Outside of the normal uses for bar soap (to wash your body, hands, or face in the shower), you can try out bar soap in your bed.
Bar soap under mattress for bed bugs
A bar of soap under your mattress could help deter bed bugs from infiltrating your abode. But, not just any old bar soap will do!
Bed bugs aren’t huge fans of cedar or peppermint scents. A bar of Grove Co.’s Hydrating Bar Soap in cedar + sage or peppermint will do the trick. Snag a few of these and put them near the floorboards by your bed or tuck ‘em inside your bed frame to keep bed bugs at bay.
Bar soap for restless leg syndrome
Restless leg syndrome, or RLS, is a neurological disorder that causes leg cramps when a person tries to relax at night.
While there’s no scientific evidence to back it up, some people say that adding a bar of soap under your sheets helps soothe their RLS-related cramps. Grove Co.’s Lavender soap is a good choice, as the soothing scent of lavender has a calming effect that’ll help you relax and drift off to sleep.
If you suffer from RLS and placing a bar of soap under your sheets isn’t your cuppa tea, try this on for size. Some research shows that RLS could be related to a magnesium deficiency, and magnesium supplements have been shown to help with insomnia caused by RLS in some cases.
What you’ll get: Bushy brows worthy of Cara Delevigne.
Get your soap damp, but not wet, and run a clean spoolie (aka mascara wand) over it. Brush the spoolie through your brows in an up-and-out motion. After the soap dries, it’ll hold your brows in place for gorgeous, full brows. Got sparse spots? Take a brow pencil and fill ‘em in.
Confused? Watch it in action here:
Hair shampoo and conditioner soap bars
Bar soap isn’t just for your body anymore.
Peach not Plastic, an innovative brand dedicated to making bathtime fun and sustainable, has a zero-waste line of shampoo and conditioner bars that cleanse and soften hair using all-natural, cruelty-free ingredients.