Thursday, March 25, 2010

Soap On A Rope....Sort Of

I have two pet peeves (okay, I have more than two, but for right now I want to focus on the two that are on my mind right now). The first one is pantyhose with runs in them. Why is it that I can only wear a pair of pantyhose a couple of times, before they end up with a hole or run? I have a plastic grocery bag stuffed full of maimed nylons that I can't bare to throw away, because I haven't gotten my money's worth out of them yet! The second thing that really irks me (probably more than the pantyhose) is a slimy bar of soap sitting in the bottom of the tub every night after bath time. After grilling child #2, 3, and 4 (child #1 is to mature to sit in bath water) I have discovered that once the soap has slipped out of their hands it becomes a physical impossibility to retrieve the bar from the murky depths of the tub. In their minds it is much easier to let it dissolve in the water as the tub drains, and hope for the best! After much mental duress on my part (it likes watching money slip down the drain every night; not to mention the unholy amount of bar soap my children can go through if I do not intervene) I have come up with a solution that may save my sanity. I created my own version of Soap On A Rope.

Here's what you do:

1. Measure 14 inches from the toe up on the leg of a worn out pair of pantyhose and cut it off. Now grab a bar of soap.

2. Place the soap in the leg of the pantyhose and tie a knot just above the bar of soap.

3. Cut down the center of the remaining section of the pantyhose until you are 1 inch from the knot.

4. Tie the two ends together with a double knot.

Now we have a bar of non slippery soap (the nylon gives it enough grip that it won't slip out of little, or not so little, hands so easily). Plus, we have created a handy, dandy "rope" so that it can be hung over the end of the faucet, or on the hook of the shower caddy to dry out after bath time. So far, it has been a raging success! The soap seems to be lasting much longer. It is now hung up to dry, and not left to sit in a mushy pile on the tub floor!


  1. You are a genius! I make soap and normally put them on ropes if people want me too, but never worry to to do it for my home. So now , I too shall put in pantyhose because, I do have a lot with runs LOL! You are the mother of invention!

  2. I am seeing a deja voo of camping with mom and dad? Hmm, wonder where you got THIS idea from? ;-) Mom will be proud!

  3. What a terrific idea!! I just had issues with a new pair of panty hose and I was so mad! They are not cheap!! I agree with the above comment you are a genius!!

  4. Great Idea..I have the same issue..Im going to try it

  5. What a great idea! I'm so glad I found your blog. You could also collect all of the tiny leftover pieces of soap and throw them all together in one nylon to create a new hunk of soap.

  6. Like that idea. Also, keep rockin those patterned hose! Love the dots!



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