While just about everyone has a bar of soap at home, and probably many of them, especially if you’re a germaphobe, few people realize that its uses go far beyond washing your hands. You might really want to stock up when you learn just how versatile they really are.

1. Make soap sachets to keep deer and other wildlife out of your garden

If you live in an area where a lot of deer roam, we don’t have to tell you how quickly they can make a meal out of your garden. Of course, rabbits and other wildlife can do a lot of damage too. You could buy some type of rabbit or deer deterrent at your local home and garden store, however most are expensive, filled with chemicals, and have to be applied after each rain shower, or even heavy dew. Why do that when you can use a bar of Irish Spring? It’s much cheaper and it will keep those critters at bay.

All you have to do is cut a bar up into cubes and then wrap those cubes in some scraps of cloth. Now, staple them onto stakes and place the stakes strategically throughout your garden. You may want to scatter a few tiny pieces of soap across the ground too. Often, it works for an entire season.

2. Prevent soot in your cast iron pot when cooking on an open flame

You know those wonderful camp cookouts you’ve enjoyed, perhaps cooking up a big pot of stew or the like? While the results can be mouth-watering, the soot that develops on the bottom of the pot can be tough if not impossible to clean off. To prevent that problem in the first place, simply rub a bar of soap over the bottom of the pot before setting it over the open flame. The soap helps to make cleanup infinitely easier as it prevents soot from accumulating in the first place.

3. Avoid getting dirt under your fingernails

While gardening can be incredibly rewarding, when you’re done, you probably end up with a ton of dirt under your fingernails. It somehow seems to happen even if you wear gloves, right? You probably had no idea about this one, but a good way to avoid all of that grime, and having to try and scrub it out later, is to scrape your fingernails over a bar of soap to collect slivers underneath them before going out and playing the dirt. It will prevent that dirt from caking up under your nails, and it will easily wash off.

4. Keep insects off your plants

You can also use soap to keep bugs from eating up your plants. Just add a slice of soap to a container of water and mix until sudsy. Place the solution into a spray bottle and then spray the underside of your plant leaves.

5. Make smelly shoes smell nice again

If you’ve got smelly shoes, whether they’re tennis shoes, boots, sneakers or what have you, all you have to do is place a wrapped bar of soap in them and leave it there overnight. By morning, that bad smell will be gone, instead, they’ll have a nice, fresh aroma.

6. Prevent moth balls & musky odors

To keep your clothes smelling fresh and in good condition, place wrapped bars of soap in your drawers, closets and anywhere else you store your clothing. It will prevent musty odors, and repel insects that can harm them.

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