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  1. #1
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    Bath Soap (bars) Long Term Storage

    Well I have a dilemma. When I found out the company that made Kiss my Face soap was bought up and their soap line was killed I went out and bought the last nine bars of their olive oil chamomille blend bar soap.

    Thing is I don't go through a bar of soap that quickly this will likely last me two years. And yes I do bathe regularly, I have no idea why I use less soap than OC does, and we don't share a bar of soap he uses another brand that he likes better.

    So how can I store them so that they don't develop that old lady stale perfume smell?
    People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance but that is common amongst those who have never accomplished anything in their lives and who have always played it safe not willing to risk failure.

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    Maybe put each bar in a Ziploc sandwich bag and then wrap it in foil?

    If the icky smell is from oils in the soap, maybe it should be stored in the freezer?

    I used to use Dial soap for bathroom sink and for bathing, Ajax liquid for dishes, Amway for laundry, and Prell for shampoo. All just plain and simple stuff. Now I just use Prell for shampoo and the Ajax for everything else. Makes life lots easier and I don't get allergic reactions to so many different scents.

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    I have around 100 bars of soap stored in a cabinet in my laundry room. Always using the oldest first, I've never had any that went bad. They aren't organic soaps, though. We use Dial, SafeGuard, Dove, and Ivory. I also have several bars of Zote to use in laundry if I have to make laundry detergent here at home.

    I do plan on learning how to make my own organic soap in the near future.
    Sherree

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    Any product with a scent can get 'weird' over time. I like the ziplock bag idea and will try that first.
    People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance but that is common amongst those who have never accomplished anything in their lives and who have always played it safe not willing to risk failure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martinhouse View Post
    Maybe put each bar in a Ziploc sandwich bag and then wrap it in foil?

    If the icky smell is from oils in the soap, maybe it should be stored in the freezer?

    I used to use Dial soap for bathroom sink and for bathing, Ajax liquid for dishes, Amway for laundry, and Prell for shampoo. All just plain and simple stuff. Now I just use Prell for shampoo and the Ajax for everything else. Makes life lots easier and I don't get allergic reactions to so many different scents.
    I have this same issue with different scents, it really sets my asthma off.
    People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance but that is common amongst those who have never accomplished anything in their lives and who have always played it safe not willing to risk failure.

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    If you have a food saver you could vacuum seal it.

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    We have enough soap to last a long time. Haven't noticed any problems with changes in the smell. I used to pick up a multi pack when they were on sale. So some of the soap probably is from 20 years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spinner View Post
    If you have a food saver you could vacuum seal it.
    Yes we have one, thank you this is an excellent idea!
    People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance but that is common amongst those who have never accomplished anything in their lives and who have always played it safe not willing to risk failure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garryowen View Post
    We have enough soap to last a long time. Haven't noticed any problems with changes in the smell. I used to pick up a multi pack when they were on sale. So some of the soap probably is from 20 years ago.
    I've never stocked up on soap like this before, so wasn't sure how long it'd stay viable.
    People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance but that is common amongst those who have never accomplished anything in their lives and who have always played it safe not willing to risk failure.

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    We had handmade soap that was well over 10 years old, and was awesome.

    I don't know about kiss my face, but all the others y'all mentioned are detergents, not actually soap, and
    will probably be fine.

    Mice will eat soap, though, just so you know.
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    Vac-pac one and throw in the freezer?

    Chemical changes like that often slow down at low temps.
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    I've been storing ivory for years, does not seem to set my allergies off, can't stand scented anything. Age seems to make the bars harder which makes them last longer. Recently I bought some irish spring (stinks) to help deter mice. The pink zote stinks badly to me. Although its supposed to have citronella in it, so I cut a bar up and stuck it around, the intense smell seems to get less intense after exposing to air. I've got Felsnaptha soap also, plus a few bars of the white zote (seems to have less of a killing scent). Some of my ivory soap is about 12 years old. Right now I have my stash in a 5 gallon bucket, but I think I will put it in smaller containers so I don't have to open the 5 gallon bucket when I need a bar of soap. I've not made my own soap yet, but I do have s stash of dollar store laundry soap that should last a good while. I also have a couple of scrub boards, one of which my mother used to scrub my diapers in 1947.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudlogger View Post
    We had handmade soap that was well over 10 years old, and was awesome.

    I don't know about kiss my face, but all the others y'all mentioned are detergents, not actually soap, and
    will probably be fine.

    Mice will eat soap, though, just so you know.
    Kiss my Face is an organic olive oil based soap, that can come with various herbs or other plants like aloe vera, blended in with the olive oil mixture. I used to make my own soap and found this stuff, my favorite is olive oil with chamomile. Making olive oil soap can be a real crap shoot if you're not paying really close attention to the process. A really expensive crap shoot!
    People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance but that is common amongst those who have never accomplished anything in their lives and who have always played it safe not willing to risk failure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nomifyle View Post
    I've been storing ivory for years, does not seem to set my allergies off, can't stand scented anything. Age seems to make the bars harder which makes them last longer. Recently I bought some irish spring (stinks) to help deter mice. The pink zote stinks badly to me. Although its supposed to have citronella in it, so I cut a bar up and stuck it around, the intense smell seems to get less intense after exposing to air. I've got Felsnaptha soap also, plus a few bars of the white zote (seems to have less of a killing scent). Some of my ivory soap is about 12 years old. Right now I have my stash in a 5 gallon bucket, but I think I will put it in smaller containers so I don't have to open the 5 gallon bucket when I need a bar of soap. I've not made my own soap yet, but I do have s stash of dollar store laundry soap that should last a good while. I also have a couple of scrub boards, one of which my mother used to scrub my diapers in 1947.

    Judy
    You sound like me, Judy. I have been storing Ivory soap for years. I've got more of that than any other. It's very versatile. We also store it to use as a barter item, since it is a basic soap. DH likes SafeGuard and Dial, so we have
    lots of those stored too for our own use. Dove for sensitive skin is what I use. As for the Zote, I have lots of that stored, too. If I have to fall back on making my own dish wash and laundry detergent, Zote is what I will use. Yes, I have a scrub boards, too, one large and one small.

    I've just begun to learn how to use essential oils for soap making, shampoos, toothpaste, and etc. Lots of great items in my new book!
    Sherree

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    I've read that cockroaches & silverfish like bar soap, so I've always stored mine in a small plastic tote bin with latch down lid. Nothing expensive - you can find these sort of containers at Target or Walmart easily.
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    Both Amazon and Walmart have Kiss My Face olive oil soap. These may be the end of their line but it's still a great way for you to stock up if you would like more for storage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sojourner View Post
    Both Amazon and Walmart have Kiss My Face olive oil soap. These may be the end of their line but it's still a great way for you to stock up if you would like more for storage.
    Apparently, another company bought the line/recipe and is now producing the soap again.
    People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance but that is common amongst those who have never accomplished anything in their lives and who have always played it safe not willing to risk failure.

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    Cool dry storage has worked for us in regarding to storing Bar soap. I still have Fels Napa and Lava soap from 1997. The one thing I notice is that the glycerin based soaps we store will weep fluid, so I take it out of the cellophane wrapping and air dry and put layers of wax paper between bars. Marie’s poison oak soap also weeps fluid.

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