Popular Mechanics (South Africa)

Clever tips and lifehacks



Those readers with kids who love playing outside will know that it’s hard sometimes for them to keep the dirt from coming back inside with them.

That’s when I usually have to send them back out to wash up at an outside tap. Undoubtedl­y, their reply is that there’s no soap outside, even though I know I left a bar near the tap just for this purpose. Inevitably the bar has vanished, or it’s been dropped in the mud and is unusable.

I found a solution that ensures the soap stays clean, and in one place, as well as our house tidy and mom (aka ‘me’), sane. I simply stash a bar of soap inside an old stocking, and tie it to the tap.

As has often been said, happy mom, happy family!

Marelize van der Merwe

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