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Soap Reanimator

This is a toaster-sized foundry into which you deposit those annoying leftover slivers of soap so they may be pulverized and reconsituted into whole fresh bars.
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Most people give up trying to use a piece of soap after it has worn down to a credit-card-sized sliver. If you try to wash with the sliver it always ends up falling apart in your hands or getting stuck on you, etc.

Rather than throwing these slivers away, why not deposit them in the piggybank-style slot opening at the top of the Soap Reanimator. The Soap Reanimator is a small electrical appliance that works as follows:

When enough soap slivers have been deposited in the device so that their mass added together equals one full bar of soap, the Soap Reanimator pulverizes the soap slivers and then mixes them into a uniform paste. The paste drips down into a lower chamber containing a porceline or aluminum soap-bar-sized mold, where it is then baked to perfection.

Voila, you open the Soap Reanimator and fetch your beautiful full bar of soap.

willis7, Oct 18 2002

Link to pathetic idea http://www.halfbake...0Detection_20System
[half, Oct 18 2002, last modified Oct 04 2004]

Link to pathetic soapmakers forum http://www.crafttalk.com/soap/phpBB2/
Thus far: 919 registered users, 49664 articles [thumbwax, Oct 19 2002, last modified Oct 04 2004]

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       This sounds very familiar. But like I said last time we talked about this, what's wrong with letting the old sliver and the new bar soften with water, then smushing them together?
DrCurry, Oct 18 2002
  

       [DrCurry], I thought I was the only person clever enough to figure out that solution.   

       [Willis7], throw in some fancy custom molds, scents and colors and you might have some takers. (I'd be kinda surprised if that wasn't baked in some shape,scent,color already.)
half, Oct 18 2002
  

       It is Baked, but I've never seen an electrical version. All the soap savers I've seen have been plastic boxes you keep the slivers in until you have enough to fill the box. Then you wet, squeeze, dry and are done.
phoenix, Oct 18 2002
  

       Surely this could be made more complicated. Can't it run on petrol as well?
General Washington, Oct 18 2002
  

       Oh, yeah. I forgot where we were. OK...the molds are placed, by automated equipment attached to every car in the world, in recesses cut in to the surface of the nearest major roadway. The compression is supplied by cars driving over the molds. Next up is an automated electromagnetic mold retrieval system to be attached to every car in the world which uses a special wireless network to tell the retrieval system where to drop the mold.
half, Oct 18 2002
  

       [willis7], I believe DrCurry's annotation is a valid indicator to the response you'd receive pursuing this device as you describe it now. Consider expanding on the idea to market something like a "soap mold maker" as a children's craft toy. This may be very baked itself but I haven't come across anything like it at the level of market that I think it would fit in.   

       Perhaps a little "grater" to make soap shavings that would more easily be pressed in "pot metal" molds and warmed with a light bulb --"An Easy Bake Soap Maker"   

       Ah.. the boy's version in respective packaging could be called the "Soap Reanimator" That name was just too good to let go to waste
hollajam, Oct 18 2002
  

       Yeah, good idea, Half. We could cut the roadway recesses around your "vibration sensors buried below the road bed", so we'd be sure not to hit any potholes and screw up the soapmaking process.
willis7, Oct 18 2002
  

       Animated soap? That's Disney, right?
Mr Burns, Oct 18 2002
  

       Hey, the [General] wanted complicated, so I gave him complicated. I only regret that I missed the opportunity to promote one of my own pathetic ideas. Thanks, [willis7].
(link to pathetic idea)
half, Oct 18 2002
  

       Okay willis7, I can see you're too old of a kid for what I had in mind...
hollajam, Oct 18 2002
  

       I actually was very interested in this concept around second grade, and collected a large bag of soap scraps on which to experiment. I thought perhaps by letting scraps soak in water in a pump dispenser, one could make liquid soap - but the soap was too runny. I did make several hand-compressed spherical soap balls. But most of those scraps were used about 15 years later when I was living in a dorm room with a adjoining communal shower. No-one wanted to expend money on soap that would promptly be used up by the other 4 guys. No one wanted to seem so skinflinty as to take ones soap back from the shower. Re-enter the ancient scraps, which were now used up, as is, without compression. There was considerable whining about their semi-petrified nature, which did not stop those guys from using them.   

       Thus: finish what's on your plate, chew your gum until the flavor is gone, use your soap until it slips down the drain.
bungston, Oct 18 2002
  

       Reminds me of what I was told my grandmother did during the Great Depression...she took them and melted them into new bars. Baked since the '30s.
BinaryCookies, Oct 19 2002
  

       but did she have a toaster sized factory with which to do the soap reclamation, [B.C.]?
bristolz, Oct 19 2002
  
      
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