Homemade Soup Contest Favorites!

National Homemade Soup Day is here, and we are celebrating with the entries from our Homemade Soup Recipe Facebook Contest. We received a number of mouthwatering recipes, and dwindling down the list was certainly challenging. Thanks to all who participated…we’re off to enjoy some new soup recipes!

Check out our favorites below!

Tomato Soup from Douglas in Binghamton, NY

One can of undiluted condensed Tomato Soup.

One can of un-drained diced Tomatoes.

1/4 Tsp Dried Basil

Dash of hot sauce or more to taste.

Stir together while heating just to the point of boiling.

Enjoy.

 

Chicken Noodle Soup from Laura in Syracuse, NY

Fill 4 QT pot 2/3 of way with water. 

Add 4 chicken drumsticks and bring to boil. 

Skim fat as it appears until it is cooked out. 

Add 2 stalks of celery, a tomato that has been skinned, 2 potatoes, cubed, a small onion, baby carrots to taste and 2 tsp of salt. 

Cook an hour. 

Serve with soup pasta of choice.

 

Homemade Potato Soup from Kimberly in Taylor, NY

Take 1 lb bacon — slice into 1 inch pieces fry good and brown; put bacon in 5 qt kettle

Take 4 large white potatoes, peel and dice into 1/2 inch cubes put in pot

Take 6 to 8 1 inch boiling onions left whole — put in pot

Add a tablespoon of left over bacon grease

Fill pot 2/3s full with water

Add salt and pepper to taste

Boil until onions are fully cooked(approximately 45 minutes)

To finish add a tablespoon of butter, and 1 large can of evaporated milk to the soup.

To serve break up day old white bread place in your bowl and add soup, grab a spoon and Enjoy!

 

Very Easy Lentil Soup from Dawn in Poughkeepsie, NY

Sauté 1/2 minced onion and 1 clove garlic minced in olive oil

Add 8 oz tomato sauce and 8 oz chicken broth

1/4 tsp. Salt

1/8 tsp. Pepper

1/2 tsp. Oregano

Add one can Progresso Lentil soup

Heat through

Spoon into bowls add cooked rice or cooked ditalini pasta

 

Pepper Soup from Cinzia in Winsted, CT

3 bell peppers of any color (or mixed colors), diced

1 large onion, diced

2 tablespoons olive oil

8 cups water

1 cup vegetable or beef broth

1 large can (28 oz.) crushed tomatoes

Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Optional: Cayenne pepper to taste

In a large soup pot, sauté peppers and onions in oil. Add water, broth, and crushed tomatoes. Add seasonings. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 1 hour.  Serves 4.

Optional: Serve topped with shredded cheddar cheese.

 

Beef Cabbage Soup from George in Binghamton, NY

3/4  ground beef (can use left over steak,or burger)

1 diced large onion,

2-3 cups diced cabbage

2-3 diced fresh carrot

2-3 minced garlic

If beef is uncooked sauté in large pot ,when pink is gone , pour off most of grease, add the vegetables and sauté for 5 minutes (can skip but adds some flavor)

Add remaining

1 box beef broth

1 can 280z diced tomatoes

1-2 tbs Worcestershire sauce

Bring to boil and let simmer until veggies tender.

Enjoy over cold noodles or rice (helps cool it down)

Mia Teal

E-Commerce Marketing Department

While salads are a very common side dish at the dinner table, making a meal out of a salad can be just as quick, delicious, and even more filling. At Price Chopper and Market 32, we have everything from salad starter kits in the produce section, as well as a wide variety of cheeses, nuts, vegetables, and meat. Not to mention, have you seen our aisle with the salad dressing? It is an understatement to say that there is an option for everybody! Check out some options below on what to put in your next salad.

Fruits &

Vegetables:

Tomatoes

Carrots

Edamame

Avocado

Corn

Peppers

Onions

Olives

Blackberries

Mandarin oranges

Blueberries

Strawberries

Apples

Proteins:

Chicken breast (Grilled or Fried)

Steak

Bacon

Salmon

Shrimp

Tuna 

Tofu (Grilled or Fried)

Hard boiled eggs

Chickpeas

Beans

Nuts:

Slivered almonds

Chopped walnuts

Pecans

Pistachios

Sunflower seeds 

Cranberries

Cheeses:

Shredded (any variety)

Goat Cheese

Feta Cheese

Blue Cheese

Gorgonzola

Mozzarella

Grains:

Rice

Quinoa

Barley 

Toppings:

Croutons

Tortilla strips

Check out some fresh salad recipes!

Power Boost Salad: Need a boost? Try making this salad for lunch to power you through the day. 

Grilled Salmon Caesar Salad: A mouthwatering meal you will love! For seafood lovers, try adding in a few pieces of shrimp as well. 

Turkey Spinach Salad with Grilled Jalapeño Lime Dressing: Salad with some spice! If you have never tried this combo of ingredients, you need to ASAP!

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Ellie Wilson

MS, RDN

Nothing is good for you if you don’t eat it – one of my favorite sayings, especially when there are debates about which foods are best for heart health. The basic tenets of a heart smart meal include lots of produce, lean proteins, healthy fats, and whole grains. The big opportunity? Making sure flavor is the reason everyone wants to eat these delicious, nutritious foods that bring heart healthful benefits to the table.

Flavor and taste are big factors in how we determine what we want to eat – we are drawn to foods that are described by their flavors, and often inspired to try new things when they are paired with foods and flavors we are already familiar with. Pairing familiar foods and flavors with something new or different is a great way to explore foods through flavors. Breakfast pizza, fish tacos, and avocado toast are all great examples of culinary and nutrition innovations. Seasoning and spices, as well as our inherent 5 tastes (sweet, salty, umami, bitter, sour) can inform food shopping and cooking routines into wonderful meals that are easy and affordable.

For heart health, salt and sodium are most important seasonings to understand and manage. It is easier than you think – once you have a few tips and hacks, you will be able to nudge flavor up and sodium down for almost any recipe.

Flavor Makers

There are so many ways to build flavor in food. Sodium is important, but Americans are overexposed. No other cuisine relies as heavily on salt and fat – internationally, spices, herbs, fermentation, and other methods are preferred. Sodium has many roles – it is a flavor enhancer and reduces the perception of bitterness. Sodium also tenderizes and retains moisture and is important to food safety and preservation.  Slowly, food companies are lowering sodium levels in foods. On food labels, low sodium in a single item is 140 mg or less; in a meal or soup item, per the American Heart Association, aim for 600 mg per serving or less. Public health goals range from 1500 mg to 2300 mg over the entire day. Perspective: most Americans get over 3400 mg sodium in a day; a teaspoon of salt equals 2300 mg of sodium.

  • Important Label Terms – from The American Heart Association https://bit.ly/3WlioDH

    • Salt/Sodium-Free – Less than 5 milligrams of sodium per serving
    • Very Low Sodium – 35 milligrams or less per serving
    • Low Sodium – 140 milligrams or less per serving
    • Reduced Sodium – At least 25 percent less sodium per serving than the usual sodium level
    • Light in Sodium or Lightly Salted– At least 50 percent less sodium than the regular product 

    No-Salt-Added or Unsalted – No salt is added during processing – but these products may not be salt/sodium-free unless stated.

    Remember: Sodium levels vary in the same foods depending on the brand or restaurant.

Learn About Salt and Sodium

There are differences between salt and sodium, and a few myths about specific types of salt. Table salt is a combination of sodium and chloride, and the quantity of each may be higher or lower depending on the formulation.

Sea salt, Himalayan (pink) salt and other finishing salts all contain about 2300 mg per teaspoon. The different colors come from trace minerals (like copper in pink salt), but those minerals are not in any quantity that benefit health.

Some kosher salts, such as Diamond Crystal brand, are lower in sodium – the “fluffy” crystal shape allows the sodium flavor to remain high even though the actual content is lower, at 1120 mg per teaspoon.

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is also returning to the plate as science is getting ahead of the myth that it is not a good choice. MSG meets 2 flavor-forward needs – it lowers sodium content (by up to 40%) and enhances savory flavors with its glutamate component. Glutamate is naturally found in protein foods like cheese, meat, and vegetables like mushrooms, and is made by the human body for critical brain and metabolic functions.

Salt Substitutes – These are used when sodium management is critical to health conditions. Please check with your health care providers before using, as they contain potassium, which may be restricted.

Build Flavor

Cooking methods such as grilling, sautéing, or roasting have their own impact on flavors, through caramelization. Those methods also help manage fat type/content if a rack is used while roasting meat or seafood.

Citrus flavors can substitute for sodium in many foods. Citrus makes our mouth water and brightens flavors when added just before eating. Add a squeeze of lemon or lime, or some orange zest instead of salt to freshen savory foods and leftovers. Fresh is great, but you can also try 100% juice items like orange juice (Dairy case), lemon or lime juice (found in our Produce section).

In the international aisle, lower sodium sauces, jarred and pickled vegetables and jarred (no added sugar) fruit spreads can also be used to create big flavor in small quantities. The secret is to use them near the end of cooking. A teaspoon of chopped roasted red pepper on a grilled protein, vegetable or fruit is a quick, colorful, and savory add that takes just a minute to prep. How about a cherry + thyme combo on a roast pork tenderloin, orange + chopped green olive on white fish, or bright apricot + cayenne on chicken? Jarred sofrito, usually in the international section, is a cooking sauce popular in many cuisines, and brings tomato, onion, peppers, and garlic together as a savory base – check labels for low sodium versions.

Savory/Umami flavors can be enhanced using low sodium concentrated tomato paste, a sprinkle of good parmigiana or Romano cheese, ground dried mushrooms (there are new spice products that include mushrooms, check sodium content/serving size and adjust as needed) and nutritional yeast, which has a parmigiana-like flavor, but a low sodium content for the 2 Tbsp serving size. Experiment with timing – like fresh herbs, these flavors are more robust when added near the end of preparation/cooking.

Sun dried tomatoes – jarred and bagged, in the international aisle and the Produce department. Check sodium, often they are very low.

Fresh and jarred salsas – in the Produce dept. and Dairy case (cheese section)

Flavored teas – experiment with poaching seafood, chicken, pork, and fruit (e.g., poached pears).

Herbs and Spices

Herbs and spices come in many forms, and their flavors take us around the world. Products that make it easy to boost flavor abound – here are a few options in our stores to try:

Fresh Herbs – Organic fresh herbs are the go-to at Price Chopper and Market 32. Find individual herbs and some blends already assembled for your culinary needs in the Produce section of the store.

The Gourmet Garden – squeeze garlic, spices, herbs, and blends are in the Produce department – find them by the fresh greens. Add them to recipes, or use them to finish dishes, like adding Italian herbs to a cooked chicken breast, or a rice dish before serving. Use the garlic as a base rub on roasted meat or vegetables – you can add other spices (like dried herbs) and they will adhere nicely to the dish while it cooks.

Salt-free dried herb blends are quick and easy – brand names include PICS, Mrs. Dash, and McCormick Salt-free Perfect Pinch, Weber Salt-Free Hamburger, Chicken and Steak seasoning.

Tip – Look for small plastic packages of new flavors – easy to buy and try for just $1 or $2.

Tip – Dried herbs should be replaced after 1 year – they do not “go bad”, but they lose flavor and quality over time. Purchasing smaller quantities more often ensures the best flavor profile.

Fresh ginger, garlic, turmeric, scallions, cilantro, and a variety of organic, fresh packaged herbs including rosemary, chives, and basil are easy to find in many food stores.

Tip – Fresh herbs lend their flavors best to dishes when they are added at the end of cooking, for 10 minutes or less. If recipes call for herbs to be added before cooking, dried are the better and more economic choice.

Tip – Freeze leftover roots as is, chop herbs and freeze in ice cube trays. No salt added tomato paste leftovers can be placed into a plastic bag, (shape into a cylinder), frozen, then sliced and used to enhance flavors of soups and sauces.

Kitchen Tools and Gadgets

 When creating richer flavors is easy, it happens more often. The right kitchen tools can help you take your taste buds to new heights with little effort. Check out the list below and find many in the kitchenware section of the store!

Coffee grinder, good knives, knife sharpener, garlic press, small manual spring chopper, 4-sided grater, digital kitchen scale, measuring cups (liquid and dry ingredient)/spoons, microplane/zester, citrus press, multi-blade manual chopper, mortar and pestle, herb grinder, apple/pear/mango slicers, veggie storage containers (e.g. avocado or onion keepers), cruet or small jars with covers for salad dressings, veggie chopper or mandolin, spiralizer, food processor, bullet-blender. Snap top plastic/glass tempered glass containers – different sizes, freezer to oven. Instant pot, rice cooker, large and small roasting pans, sheet pans (great for roasting vegetables), colander, salad spinner, microwave/stove stop steamers.

Shopping and Recipe resources – look for Know Your Colors tags/nutrition label info/options

https://www.pricechopper.com/know-your-colors/ – available on store shelf tags and our https://shop.pricechopper.com/shop E-commerce shopping pages, make shopping better easier when you have the right products already on your list!

American Heart Association website – https://recipes.heart.org/

Price Chopper/Market 32 website – Healthy Eating/Vegetarian/Low Sodium www.pricechopper.com

Eatright.org – Academy of Nutrition recipes and nutrition resources

Allrecipes.com – Scalable recipe adjuster, nutrition facts/videos/and a leftovers recipe resource.

Pinterest – Food hacks – so much fun to check out! BUT – beware nutrition info there unless the author is a Registered Dietitian.

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E-Commerce Marketing Department

What seemed like a mild winter has turned into many inches of snow…all at once. It’s times like these where we don’t feel like budging, and we just cannot seem to get warm no matter what! At Price Chopper and Market 32, we have some delicious ways for you to get warm! Take a look below at some of our warm beverages.

Hot chocolate:

Warm chocolate with marshmallows and whip cream hit the spot! Some of our hot chocolate options include:

  • PICS Hot Cocoa Single Serve Cup
  • PICS Hot Chocolate Packets with Marshmallows
  • PICS Sugar Free Hot Chocolate Packets  
  • PICS Hot Cocoa Mix

Recipe Alert! Mexican Hot Chocolate

Not feeling the traditional hot chocolate today? We understand. Try out this delicious Mexican Hot Chocolate made with PICS whole milk, cinnamon, cayenne peppers, and chocolate morsels. 

Tea:

There are so many ways to make tea to your liking. Try adding in PICS honey, PICS sugar packets, or even a splash of PICS milk! Some of our flavors include:

  • PICS Chai Tea K-Cups 
  • PICS Black Tea Bags 
  • PICS Decaffeinated Black Tea Bags 
  • PICS Green Tea Bags 
  • PICS Decaffeinated Green Tea Bags

Recipe Alert! Warm Berry, Tea, & Cider Punch

Coffee:

If we listed out all of our PICS coffee, the entire page would be filled! Here are just a few of our coffee options:

  • PICS Ground French Vanilla Light Roast Coffee
  • PICS House Blend Medium Roast Single Serve Cup Coffee
  • PICS French Vanilla Cappuccino Single Serve Cup 
  • PICS 100% Colombian Ground Coffee
  • PICS Half Caffeine Medium Roast Single Serve Cup Coffee

Recipe Alert! Viennese Coffee | LavAzza

Remember – Warm weather is coming, but for now, a cup of Joe will have to suffice!

FIshin' for Tacos

Fishing for new taco recipes? Consider seafood! These tasty recipes offer a wide range of variety and an experience packed with flavor and twists. If you’re a fan of seafood you’ll love these options. Check out some of our favorite recipes and celebrate National Fish Taco Day on January 25th with us!

Fast & Fresh Fish Tacos: Fast and fresh! Grab a lb. of Market 32 Mahi Mahi and a bag of Fresh Express Chipotle Cheddar Salad and you’re on your way to enjoying lovely fish tacos.

Grilled Fish Tacos with Cauliflower Tortillas: Break out the Tilapia Filets and the Cauliflower Tortillas for an epic ride of flavor.

Crispy Cornmeal Fish Tacos with Citrus Slaw: This recipe calls for cod accompanied by a fresh, tasty citrus slaw that you won’t be able to resist. So good you’ll have to come back for more.

Beer Poached Mahi Mahi Tacos: These mahi mahi filets are boosted with fresh mango, onion, guacamole salsa and more. This recipe can make any day feel like summer.

General Tso’s Shrimp Tacos: Add some General Tso’s sauce and serrano pepper to your tacos for a wave of bold flavors. Perfect with shrimp!

Check out these video recipes…

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8 Ways to Use Peanut Butter

Happy National Peanut Butter Day! Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or anywhere in between we can all celebrate this delicious pantry staple. There are endless ways to implement peanut butter into your diet, but we picked some of our favorites to show how we are celebrating this big day.

Peanut Butter Banana Muffins: Bite into these warm, fluffy Peanut Butter Banana Muffins. Great for breakfast or as a treat later on in the day.

PB&J Stuffed French Toast: This peanut butter and jelly stuffed French toast is a filling and delicious way to start the day. You may never look at French toast the same again.

Stuffed French Toast Rolls: We love these Stuffed French Toast Rolls with peanut butter. Peanut butter, banana, and strawberries all packed into yummy French toast. Amazing!

Oatmeal Energy Squares: These Oatmeal Energy Squares are a tasty snack to give you a midday boost. Peanut butter, maple syrup, and blueberries all work together in these yummy squares.

Peanut Butter Dip: Use Greek yogurt, peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract in this amazing Peanut Butter Dip recipe. It’ time to elevate your peanut butter and apple slices.

Peanut Butter Milk Shakes: Peanut Butter Milk Shakes are easy to make, and they are a delicious way to enjoy peanut butter. Next time you make a shake, throw some peanut butter in for more enhancement.

Creamy Banana & Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie Bowl: In need of a good smoothie bowl? This Creamy Bananas & Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie Bowl is terrific.

Thai Shrimp Zoodle Bowl: This Thai Shrimp Zoodle Bowl uses peanut butter to make an excellent at home Thai food experience.

We love peanut butter and certainly enjoy all the things that can be made with it. If you’re a peanut butter fan check out some of these recipes for yourself! For all things peanut butter stop by your local Price Chopper & Market, or shop with us online.

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Medications expire because chemical changes to the drug over time may affect the stability or decrease the strength of the drug. An expiration date estimates when the potency of the drug falls below an acceptable limit set by the FDA. The expiration date may also be an estimate of when certain ingredients in the drug change and may be harmful to consume.

There is evidence that some medications may be safe to consume after the expiration date. Even though these may be safe to consume after the expiration date, the drugs may not be as effective due to decreased potency. Also, certain medications have very strict storage requirements and their expiration dates should be strictly followed. Medications that are liquid, like many children’s medications, should not be used past their expiration dates. Other medications that should not be used past their expiration dates include insulin, nitroglycerin, and antibiotics.

So, should I take expired medications?

Although there is evidence that some expired medications are safe to take, the FDA states that “once the expiration date has passed there is no guarantee that the medicine will be safe and effective.”

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E-Commerce Marketing Department

In any business, displaying exceptional customer service is the key to success. Customer service is so important that it actually has its own day – January 17th!  At Price Chopper and Market 32, we have a lot to be proud of with our hardworking, dedicated teammates whose customer service goes above and beyond.

Today and everyday, we want to honor our fantastic teammates whose customer service does not go unnoticed. We thank them for all they do! 

Read below about some teammates who have shown exemplary customer service in our Price Chopper and Market 32 locations!

Market 32, O’Neill Highway (Dunmore, PA) #135

Charmaigne E. Santiago, Front-End Teammate

Charmaigne started her career with Price Chopper/Market in December 2021. There was an instant connection and we knew we had a winner bringing Charmaigne onboard. If you look up the definition of customer service, you will find a picture of Charmaigne Santiago!

There isn’t a day that passes that Charmaigne doesn’t receive a compliment. One of our customers wrote in, “Charmaigne makes every person smile. She is a kind, hardworking, lovely woman. I always try to get in her line.”  Her bubbly spirit is contagious, and she instantly puts customers and teammates in a good mood. She is dependable, charismatic, earnest, and a true asset to our company. Charmaigne is always engaged and challenges her teammates to do the same. We are proud to have Charmaigne on our team!

Price Chopper, Erie Boulevard (Syracuse, NY) #172

Tyler Burgess, Customer Service Assistant Team Leader

Tyler has been with the company for almost seven years. Tyler started with us as a Part Time Maintenance Teammate at store 199 in Cicero. During Tyler’s time at Cicero, he worked very hard and learned anything he could. He went from Maintenance to the Cash Register and then to Supervising the Front End in a high volume store. Last year, Tyler was selected for our Associate Development Program (ADP) where Tyler went on to further his skill set by leaving Cicero to train in other stores. Tyler trained with us at Erie Boulevard, store 172 and then went to Clay, store 182 to train in the Cash Office. Tyler successfully graduated the ADP program and returned to us at Erie Boulevard where he is currently acting as our Customer Service Assistant Team Leader. 

In Tyler’s short time back to the store he has already exhibited his exceptional service by being mentioned as a “Wow Teammate” on our Helpful Experience Shops not just once, but twice!

In Tyler’s spare time he is an avid bowler. Tyler is not just passionate about Customer Service, Tyler and his girlfriend are also very driven to help animals in need, as they foster cats that need homes as well.

Price Chopper, Cortland NY #178

Morgan McDonald, PAC Teammate

Morgan is a great asset to our store and to our customers. She is there whenever a customer or teammate needs her and will answer questions for any department. Morgan often receives compliments from customers when working in the aisles as she helps them find item locations. She will often come up to assist the Front-End by running the register, helping customers with a carry out, or assisting with an Instacart order. Morgan is very artistic and created a customized sign for Cortland’s participation in Trunk or Treat this last fall. We appreciate Morgan’s dedication and willingness to go above and beyond!

Market 32, Sutton MA #244

Richard Laflash, Bakery Teammate

Here at Market 32 in Sutton, MA, we have an exceptional teammate in our bakery department. His name is Richard Laflash. Rich never fails to be punctual on a daily basis with a smile on his face. He has been with our store since we opened in 2015.

For YEARS, the bakery team in Sutton has been receiving scores of 100% on mystery shops because of Rich and his excellent customer service skills. It is no secret that Rich goes above and beyond for any guest in need anywhere, anytime. He is known for going out of his way to escort guests to specific products they may be looking for. If Rich doesn’t know the answer, you can be sure he’ll do anything in his power to find out!

Rich is not only great with customers, but an asset to his team as well. He is well known for keeping a pristine donut and bagel case, knowing that it is the first thing the customers see when they walk in the front doors. Rich gives so much of his time and effort to the company. He comes in early or stays late if needed. He will even periodically come in on days off to help.

Expressing how Richard Laflash is exceptional is an understatement.

Interested in joining our team? Check out career opportunities at careers.pricechopper.com!

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E-Commerce Marketing Department

There is a lot of controversy over which parts of New York sell the best bagels. We may be a bit biased, but our bagels are truly the winners. At Price Chopper and Market 32, we have a wide variety of bagels that are made fresh daily! Additionally, our cream cheese selection is out of this world, with flavors such as strawberry, honey walnut, herb & onion, and more!

Our bagel selection:

When you enter our Bakery Department, you will notice that we have bagels sold individually, in 3-packs or six-packs. Our delicious flavors include:

•Plain •  Cinnamon Raisin • Everything  • Garlic  • Asiago Cheese  • Cheddar Cheese • Honey & Wheat  • Blueberry  • Poppy Seed  • Sesame Seed  • Onion  • Salt  • Cinnamon Sugar 

 

 

What can I put on my bagel?

Wondering about what goes well on a bagel? Take a look at the lists below!

Spreads:

Cream Cheese

Hummus

Butter

Peanut Butter

Nutella

Jelly

Fruit/Vegetable:

Banana 

Strawberries

Avocado

Meats/Cheeses:

Smoked Salmon

Bacon

Eggs

Turkey 

Ham

Egg/Tuna/Chicken Salad

Any cheese of choice

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Different Ways to Use a Bar of Soap

Different Ways to Use a Bar of Soap

How do you use a bar soap? Probably for washing your hands or taking a shower. Well, there’s many uses for a bar of soap that extend beyond your daily hygiene and bathroom routine. Let’s explore those options in our latest blog. You’ll never look at a bar of soap the same way again.

  1. Keeping Critters out of the Garden: If you’re an avid gardener, the most frustrating thing is the little critters and pests that munch your hard work away. Luckily, a bar of soap can defend your crops in a way that is not harmful to the animals. Keep the bar of soap in its wrapper, open one of side of the wrapper or box, then place it at the base of the plant you’re attempting to protect.
  2. Keep Shoes Smelling Fresh: Keeping shoes by your front door? You can keep the odors away with a bar of soap! Place a bar of soap in a mesh bag, and stick it in your smelly shoe, make sure it’s stuffed in nicely and not just hanging out by the heel. Let it sit overnight and you’ll be surprised by how much more pleasant the smell is in the morning! This trick also works inside your car, gym bag, or closet.
  3. Prevent Sticky Zippers: Zippers constantly getting caught can cause quite the frustration. But if you have a bar of soap, it can help with this issue. Rub a bar of soap along the zipper as an easy way to keep the tracks well-oiled and easier to deal with.
  4. Homemade Laundry Detergent: Not feeling the laundry detergent at the stores? You can make your own with a bar of soap.
  5. Fixing Damaged Drawers: If you have a drawer that doesn’t come in and out so easily anymore, a bar of soap may offer the solution. Rubbing the soap on the tracks of the damaged drawers will allow it to slide and glide more easily.
  6. Cover a Mistake: If you have a mistake in your wall from poor thumbtack placement, use a bar of soap to fix it. Gently rub a bar of soap, the same color as your paint, over the hole until it’s filled in. It’ll do the trick until it’s time to repaint.
  7. Find the Leak: If you have a leaking tire, rubbing a damp bar of soap over the areas in question will create an air bubble when the air escapes. Allowing you to locate the leak.

These are just a few of the ways a bar of soap can help outside of the shower. Hopefully they help you down the road. The power of a simple bar of soap!

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