Soap Bubble Photography

by DIY Maven

Soap Bubble Photography

The thing about taking a photography class is you're always looking for new and interesting images to capture. Generally, I'd rather not set up a shot so much as come upon a potential subject that strikes my fancy, but this technique of capturing 'light interference on soap film' just might make the set up worth the trouble.

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The Audacity Of Soap...

by Lilybee

It's not often you find commemorative memorabilia that's actually useful (unless you count those gold-plated Royal Wedding commemorative plates, and who doesn't?!)

created on: 01/14/09

Well, now you can commemorate the upcoming presidential inauguration AND get nice and clean. (And chuckle quietly to yourself, Lemongrass roots support - tee hee.) MyObamaBar's soap is available in 8 aroma's and made in the US of all natural materials, prices start form $5.99...

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6 Ways to Recycle Soap Slivers

by DIY Maven

6 Ways to Recycle Soap Slivers

While I let my soap slivers dissolve at the foot of my shower, Alan Hayes is saving his. Why?  Maybe he’s trying to save the planet one soap sliver at a time. Maybe he’s just thrifty. Either way, the herbologist has some very clever ways to make the most out of those little pieces of soap:

1. Make soap on a rope.

2. Recycle your soap scraps into new bar soap.

3. Make gel hand/body soap.

4. Make a cleaning gel, this super-soap can be used as a...

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Magnetic Soap Holder

by DIY Maven

created on: 09/05/08

This just might make me give up the pump. From Hammacher Schlemmer, the Magnetic Soap Holder suspends a bar of soap over the sink basin, thus eliminating scum and extending the bar’s life. The arm has a powerful magnet at its tip and is made of ‘type 201 polished stainless steel’ and has a solid steel base that acts as a counterweight. To use it, you simply press a thin metal disk–which has rounded edges that won’t interfere with normal...

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Mmmmm.... Bubbles. Refill a Foaming Soap Dispenser

by Lilybee

Mmmmm.... Bubbles. Refill a Foaming Soap Dispenser

Bubbles are brilliant, ergo, foaming hand soap is also brilliant.

We recently scored some Kandoo foaming hand soap for free, but it's Flouro-green-death colour is frankly disconcerting. I wanted to refill the container with something that doesn't look like it will melt your hands but the container warns you not to refill it with anything but Kandoo products.

"PAH!" I said, and did a spot of research.

Turns out that you can simply use...

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How to make your own liquid soap out of bar soap.

by DIY Maven

How to make your own liquid soap out of bar soap.

Making our own liquid soap out of regular old bar soap is easier than it might first sound, according to Casa Sugar. We can leave out the chemicals and add our own custom scents. Plus, it’s a great way to use up those soap slivers that disintegrate down around the shower drain.

Props you’ll need:
one 4 oz bar of natural soap
a food grater
1 gallon of distilled water (or rose hydrosol)
1 large pot
a hand mixer
essential oils for scent, optional
shea...

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The Most Versatile Soap in the World

by DIY Maven

The Most Versatile Soap in the World

After spotting Home Soap Household Cleaner at the co-op, I decided to give it a try. After all, it’s purported to be the most versatile soap ever made. What does it clean? Just about anything you can think of, but the label suggests trying it on:

the car
the barbeque grill
fruits
vegetables
fabrics
paint brushes
the dishes
counter tops
the stove
floors
walls
and the dog

Made of ‘a blend of purified water, coconut derived surfactants and pure essential oil...

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22 Items You Need in Your Cleaning Kit.

by Chris Gardner

"With these inexpensive products and tools. you'll have everything you need to tackle the whole house."

22 Items You Need in Your Cleaning Kit.
  1. Microfiber cloths
  2. Scrub brush
  3. Spray bottle
  4. Rubber gloves
  5. Tootbrush
  6. Dry cleaning sponge
  7. Squeegee
  8. Disinfecting wipes
  9. Mild abrasive cleaner
  10. Vinegar
  11. Dishwashing liquid
  12. All purpose cleaner
  13. Baking soda
  14. Caddy
  15. Microfiber duster
  16. Handbroom and dustpan
  17. Toilet Brush
  18. Broom
  19. Sponge mop
  20. Dust mop
  21. Extendable Duster
  22. Vacuum

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Basic Soap Making.

by Chris Gardner

"The intention here is to provide the basic data on how to make soap from the most basic materials. There are many fancier soap recipes which make better soaps, as long as you have all the ingredients.

Basic Soap Making.
 

 

 

Materials:

A small plastic dishpan, about 10″ x 12″ 
A glass or enamel 2-quart saucepan 
1 can of lye (sodium hydroxide), 12 ounces 
3 pounds of lard 
Plastic gloves [really; use eye-protection too] 
Water"

Learn the a couple of basic soap making...

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Top 10 Uses for Bar Soap (Besides the Obvious)

by DIY Maven

Top 10 Uses for Bar Soap (Besides the Obvious)

10. Lubricant. Stuck drawers or windows? Rub a bar of soap on your drawer glides and the bottoms of the sides to ease sticky drawers. For windows, rub the soap on the sliding elements.

9. Deodorizer. Place a bar of your favorite soap inside your suitcase or your drawers to keep them smelling fresh. The same goes for your car; a bar of pleasingly scented soap might be just the thing after that new car smell has faded–or never was.

8. Repellant. ...

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