No matter how clean you are, no matter how clean your home is, there will always be areas of the home that just don’t smell so great. The kitchen trash can, of course, is one place. Another is the dirty clothes hamper. Although these areas are challenging, when it comes to odors, you can change those bad smells to lovely aromas when you make soap sachets. There are lots of different kinds you can make so that you’ll have fresh smells all over the house – especially in those challenging areas.
A bar of scented soap can be used to make any number of sachets for around the house. The soap doesn’t have to be expensive; use ordinary soaps of which you like the smell. Make some sachets by using large bars of soap; create others by recycling small soap pieces. Create one sachet design to make for a bathroom, a different one for a dresser drawer, and still another design for a hamper or trash can.
A thin piece of cloth is all you need to make many different sachets. Simply wrap the fabric around the chosen soap and you’ve created the sachet which is perfect for a dresser drawer. Cut a square of material and center the soap on it. Position the soap so that the points of the fabric are aligned with the sides of the soap. Fold one point down and hold it in the middle of the soap as you pull the opposite corner to it. Now take the other two corners and bring them to the center so that all four points are in the middle of the soap. Use a straight pin to secure. Now that the fabric is in place you can add any number of embellishments. Use pins to add ribbons and bows, fake flowers and leaves, lace and beads or other accents. Set these aromatic sachets in drawers, shoes, closets and other areas.
The above sachet can be added to places like hampers and trash cans by sticking a piece of double-sided tape to the backside of it. You’ll find the tape at craft stores or even home improvement places. When using the sachet on the underside of the trash can lid or hamper lid you don’t necessarily have to add flowers, ribbons and other embellishments since it will be mostly unseen. Use double-sided tape to stick the more decorative versions of the soap sachets inside a closet or even on the side of a night stand.
Create a cute soap sachet for a bathroom or an entryway by using felt and ribbon along with a rectangular bar of soap. This project makes a fake Bible or other book that’s actually a sachet. Glue wide ribbon around two short sides and one long side of a bar of soap. The ribbon will create the pages of the book. Cut a piece of black felt or cloth and wrap it around the soap so that it resembles the cover of a book. The middle of the felt should cover the side of the soap that has no ribbon. Glue the felt in place. Now you can use markers to make a cross on the front or to write the title of the book.
Although new, whole bars of soap work well to make most sachets you can make much more slender ones by using soaps that have been previously used and have now shrunk in size. Allow the soap to dry completely then cut the ends and sides, if you want, to reshape the soap. Now you can continue with the chosen sachet and make a much less bulky version. It’s a great way to recycle pieces of soap rather than throwing them in the trash.
The type of material you use to cover the soap sachet will make all the difference in how much aroma you’ll experience. For example, thick fabrics and cloth will allow little smell to come through. Thin fabrics, lace and netting will provide much more aroma from the sachet. And, you don’t necessarily have to make every sachet from a whole soap or a melted one. Cut chunks of soap from a whole bar and you can make several sachets. Cut the soap into four equal sections, starting from one short side of the soap, and working your way across to the other short side.
Soap chunks can easily be wrapped in fabric and made into sachets. Wrap the fabric around it but use fabric that’s nearly twice as long as you need it to be. Tie the ends shut with curled ribbon and you’ll quickly make an aromatic soap sachet that can be tossed into a drawer or rolled under seats in your vehicle. No matter which type of soap sachet you make you’ll instantly add aroma and wonderful smells in any area of the home. Place the sachets in bedrooms, the bathroom, the laundry room or even in your car. Now there will be no more stinky areas that you have to try to cover up with sprays. The soap sachets last a long time so they’re well worth the small amount you spend to make them.