How Do You Keep Soap From Getting Soggy
To get the most out of your bar of soap you need to let it dry out between uses so you donít end up with a soggy mess that falls apart. If your soap is constantly wet it breaks down more easily and you will need to replace it more frequently.
There are a number of ways you can help keep your soap bar from getting soggy and make it last longer.
Keep It Away From Water
This is probably a pretty obvious one but itís a particularly important one if you are using soap in the shower as you can often find the soap is directly under the shower flow and therefore getting wet far more than is necessary. Ideally keep your soap outside the shower or at least make sure it is out of the water flow in a soap dish with good drainage.
Using a good dish with adequate drainage is one of the best ways to make sure your soap dries out between uses. Something with holes in or a corrugated base works well. The less of the bar that is in contact with the dish the better really so there is more air flow around the soap and it can dry out more quickly.
Consider Hanging Your Soap
If a good soap dish isnít an option or isnt working out for you, consider hanging your soap. There are lots of soap bags or socks you can buy but a simple organza bag works well too.
Organza bags are also really handy for when your bar of soap gets a bit too small to use easily without dropping it, and it helps you get a good rich lather from the soap meaning you end up using less so your bar of soap will last even longer.
Give Your Soap an Extra Cure Before Using
Another top tip is to let your soap dry out a bit more before you start using it. Allowing the soap to harden makes it less likely to get soggy as itís less permeable to the water.
Use a Washcloth or Sponge Instead of Your Hands
If you are using soap in the shower it's a good idea to use a washcloth or a sponge instead of your hands. Doing this will mean you use less soap as the washcloth or sponge help you get a better lather. But also the soap spends less time getting wet and more time drying out.
Use Cooler Water
This might be less appealing but the fact is that the hotter the water the soggier your soap will get. So if youíve tried the other options and you still have soggy soap maybe turn down the temperature just a touch.
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