Individual Soap Leaves - Camping Hack #11

You want your family to keep at least semi-clean while you're out enjoying the great outdoors, but this can get cumbersome or messy or be bad for Mother Nature.

Bottles of liquid soap are heavy and a disaster if they inadvertently pop open. A bar of soap in a plastic bag is slimy, soft and downright yucky, and synthetic detergents may be harmful to the environment.

Finally, scented soaps may keep you smelling good, but they're a bug magnet, and every mosquito within a half mile will make a beeline to your tender, sweet-smelling skin. Soap leaves are a sensible solution for camping and simple to make.

You'll Need:

? A bar of unscented, biodegradable 100 percent soap. Find a soap that's not too hard, or it will crumble rather than cut. You can even make your own or buy handmade soap without a scent.

? A pastry cutter, vegetable peeler or a drywall knife.

? Wax paper or parchment paper

? A small, rigid plastic container with a sturdy lid.(If you put the leaves in a bag, they'll probably be squished together into an unusable glob.)

Cut the thinnest layers you can, so each piece will be just enough for one use. If the layers are too large, you can cut them in half. Cut across the narrow edge of the bar for the best results.

Space the leaves out on the paper, so they don't overlap. Let them air dry for a day before packaging them, so they don't stick together.

When it's time for hand-washing, remove a piece before you wet your hands, so the pieces don't become soft and sticky.


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