How do you wash soap?

Steve Makofsky wondered, "How do you throw out a garbage can?". Along similar lines, I always wondered how you washed soap.

Comments (30)
  1. Rob says:

    With sandpaper, maybe?

  2. Adam says:

    Soap is self-cleaning.

  3. mcgurk says:

    Soap cleans nicely with fresh water.  

  4. John Goewert says:

    With water, usually that gets the icky bits off if you accidentaly drop it on the floor. Sometimes you need to use your nails to dig out hairs and gravel.

    Now, one that caught me was when the phone company cut off my phone line because it got stuck in the middle of being transferred from the old owner. They wanted to fax me a sheet to sign to fax them back….


  5. Lauren Smith says:

    I had a similar question that perplexes me every time I move from coast to coast, country to country.

    How do you dispose of a kitchen knife?

    And the followup question, how do you get blood out of grout? j/k.

    The knife question is serious, though.

  6. Kinda reminds me of when you go shopping for a bag/rucksack or similar. The assistant will put it in a bag……….

  7. Leo Petr says:

    Questions like these is why I vastly favour liquid soap.

  8. Mihai says:

    <<Questions like these is why I vastly favour liquid soap.>>

    And how do you wash liquid soap?

  9. Adam says:

    On Raymond Chen’s blog, liquid soap washes YOU!

  10. vajrang says:

    I remember the time when I bought a new CD-ROM drive (this was before Win95) and the drivers for the CD-ROM drive came on… you guessed it… a CD-ROM.

  11. rsclient says:


    There’s nothing magic about knives.  I usually make a small "sheath" with a bit of newspaper and tape it on.  Around here, I’m not even sure I’d bother with that since the garbage is picked up by robot arms; there’s no way a piddly knife is going to harm them.

  12. Cody says:

    I tend to dispose of sharp things in paper bags, wrapped up to prevent the sharp bits from poking.

  13. tycop says:

    I use a washed milk carton to dispose of both sharp things (like a broken light bulb) and smelly stuff (like meat leftovers). If I close it up I get rid of the smell too.

    (these are swedish milk cartons, your mileage may vary)

  14. Alyosha says:

    "Most people are not sensitive to the need for transparency until its lack gets in their way.  You know those plastic bars that supermarkets provide to separate your groceries from your neighbors in the check-out line?  They make first rate, unambiguous delimiters.  Now suppose you are seized with an urgent desire to buy one of them along with the rest of your groceries.  And you have laryngitis.  And no pencil or paper.  The "escape sequence" you would have to contrive by pointing and grunting would certainly attract a crowd, and annoy the person behind you in the check-out line.  Too bad you can’t just put a backslash in front of it, on the conveyor belt." — PJ Plauger, Programming on Purpose, p41.

  15. Rosyna says:

    Valid question, just ask someone with OCD that has a second bar of soap to wash their hands after they washed them with the first bar in scalding hot water…

  16. Jonathan says:

    Joey: Why can’t we use the same toothbrush, but we can use the same soap?

    Chandler: Because soap is soap! It’s self-cleaning!

    Joey: Alright, next time you take a shower, think about the last thing I wash and the first thing you wash.

  17. NBC says:

    Jonathan, good one :)

  18. Simple says:

    Put the unwanted garbage can in a larger can. If there is no larger can, then take it to the "muni garbage can" – ie, landfill.

  19. Adam says:

    NBC : Yeah, congratulate the person who posted that quote /second/.

  20. Adam says:

    NBC : Yeah, congratulate the person who posted that quote /second/.

  21. me says:


  22. Q: How do you throw away a trash can?

    A: Break it in an obvious fashion.  Then throw it in the dumpster.

    Q: How do you wash soap?

    A: With the kind of nails you use for balsa wood.

  23. John Elliott says:

    I wonder what sort of plastic divider Plauger was imagining. The ones I’m familiar with could be ‘escaped’ by turning them 90 degrees so they didn’t lie across the width of the conveyor belt.

  24. Christian R. Conrad says:

    A subject line should be a succinct pointer to what the post it’s topping is *about*; otherwise, it becomes a mere delimiter (like those Plaugerian supermarket bars), a function which could be handled at least as well, and more stylishly, by a simple [HR] tag.

    Apart from this, *every single reply* so far in this thread has been titled "re: How do you wash soap?"!

    What information value is there in that? The thread title is in my browser’s title bar already.


  25. Myria says:

    The way you clean something is by making something else even more dirty.  After cleaning something with soap, the soap is dirtier than the thing you cleaned.

    To "wash soap", you’d use another chemical to separate out the dirt from the soapy water.  This chemical would be even dirtier than the soap water was.

    If you consider "dirt" to be "entropy", this is just the second law of thermodynamics.


  26. an0n says:

    Myria, not if you use your hands on the soap, then use soapy hands.

  27. Melvin says:

    "How do you dispose of a kitchen knife? "

    Take it out to the bench grinder and reduce the blade to rusty grit.  This by the way is also how to correctly dispose of a firearm you don’t want anyone to ever know you had.

  28. Raymond, in responding to Steve Makofsky’s How do you throw out a garbage can?, asks How do you wash…

  29. On buying a rucsack, once I needed a hefty one to carry heavy stuff. In the shop I found one that looked okay, but I wanted to try it with a load.

    The salesgirl was not very large, so I asked her to step in the bag, which she did and I carried her around the store to check that the bag did it’s job well… :) :) :)

    The face of people in the store was also worth the trip…

    (As of garbage cans, up here the plastic ones will self destruct after being frozen at minus 30 a few times, then ran over by the sidewalk snowplows, so the problem of throwing them out is not very acute…)

  30. Terrance says:

    Try removing bleach stains or fixing the wire on a soldering iron.

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