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The Soap Chip Trick Works for Painful Airplane Flights!

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Q. I was wondering how to deal with a long airplane flight. My legs get very sore when I have to sit for a long time. How can I use the soap for that?

I just discovered this website a couple of nights ago when I couldn't sleep. I tried the soap last night and it did work for me.

A. We don't know why someone tried soap in bed to ease leg cramps, but we sure have heard from a lot of people that it works. Even more interesting is the soap chip solution to leg cramps or restless leg syndrome while traveling. One visitor to this site shared the following story:

"A friend told me about the soap chip trick when I mentioned the debilitating thigh and calf cramps I had on my last plane ride and was afraid to fly again.

"I used Irish Spring soap under my sheets and my foot (broken foot bones with post arthritis), ankle, calf and hip bursitis pain is all gone. I am astonished!

"I ordered the The People's Pharmacy Leg Soap from PeoplesPharmacy.com and put the small ones in my socks for a long plane flight. I experienced no cramping or discomfort.  Previously I used leg cramp pills and general pain medicine still with severe leg cramps on and after the plane trip.  

"P.S. My internist is skeptical and although she says she has many patients with this problem, I doubt she will advise them of this 'grandma's remedy'...Too bad." J.G.F.


When you are at 30,000 feet and stuck in a middle seat, it is hard to get up and pace the aisles to relieve the discomfort. Putting pre-cut soap chips in socks is about as easy a solution as we have ever heard of. That's why we came up with the idea of cutting soap into small, easy-to-handle chips so that people would not have to try and shave or smash soap to into small enough pieces.

Here are some more soap stories:

"I put a bar of soap under my husband's sheets without his knowledge. It worked. So this proves that it is not all psychosomatic.

"When he saw the soap he couldn't believe it. It probably wouldn't have worked if he had known it was there because he is such a skeptic when it comes to home remedies.

Thanks!" S.R.B.


"I have suffered from RLS since the age of 14. I have tried many different remedies, even resorting to beating on my thighs at night until they were numb so I might sleep.  Nothing has worked with the exception of some minor relief from Hyland's "Leg Cramps With Quinine" pills, of which I take many.

"Last night I drifted off to sleep around 10:30 pm. I awoke suddenly at 11:30 pm, and had my typical terrible antsy feeling in my legs.  I sat up in bed immediately, ready to get up and walk around, when out of frustration I grabbed my notebook and fired it up.  I searched RLS, and found references to soap.

"I was willing to try anything, but highly suspicious of the soap claim. My wife brought me a new bar of Zest. I opened it, rubbed it directly on my thighs, and tossed it in bed with me. 

 "I then waited for the RLS to return with a vengeance.  It did not return!!  This is no joke. Try it: you have nothing to lose but your RLS. 

"I later got up and put the soap under the bottom sheet, on top of the mattress pad, where it remains." R.C.H.


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Please be careful, think twice before you tell a doctor about home remedies such as soap for leg cramps. Soap stopped my nightly leg cramps, and I told my cardiologist who has leg cramps too. I even took him three bars of Ivory soap.

He wanted nothing to do with them and left the soap in the treatment room. I had also told him I quickly (within two minutes) stop irregular heart beat with a metronome. If you tell doctors these things, it is most likely they will write something in your chart such as "patient is obsessed with using unorthodox treatments." It is not a good idea to have your doctor write such things, it can get on the computer for other doctors to see and your rationality or sanity may be questioned.

I quite often get cramps in my feet, legs and toes when I ride in a car. I'll try putting soap chips in my socks, to see if that helps to prevent them.

The soap under the sheets has virtually stopped all my leg cramps. I also have almost immediate ceasing of a cramp in a specific muscle if I put some prepared mustard in my mouth---I prefer honey-mustard.

I don't need to swallow the mustard for it to be effective.
When faced with a five hour flight at Thanksgiving, I put some mustard in a clean cosmetic jar and tucked it with a plastic spoon in my purse...just dipping my finger into the mustard and discretely licking it stopped the cramp.

I also was a total skeptic about the soap bard under the sheets. It may be a 'trick or power of suggestion', but Hey, it works.

I have a question: Will any bar soap help with leg cramps and RLS? If so, what is the ingredient common to all that results in relief?

Where in your sock to you put the thin bar of soap? It sounds challenging to have it in my sock and walk. I do use bars of Ivory soap in bed and sometimes apply them right to a foot cramp for relief.

Somebody told my wife about folic acid being a cure for restless legs. She tried it; it worked, and she told several other people about it, including our doctor. It worked for him and several other people--they were amazed.

I had horrible leg cramps especially in upper inner thighs I dreaded to go to bed at night because of them. Also terrible leg cramps during the day. I had been using No Salt for about a year and my sodium level tested slightly low. I went back to regular salt with iodine and the cramps went away immediately. The Sea Salt or Himalayan salt does not work.

If soap doesn't work for you, try rubbing some IcyHot or Absorbine Jr on your legs/feet just before going to bed. Both treatments work for me.

I had been using soap chips in my socks for a year with total relief. If, occasionally, one foot cramped more than the other, I just put in another soap chip. Also had a friend in another state who had had restless leg for YEARS. Before I mentioned the soap, suggested he try 250 mg of magnesium at night because it relaxes the muscles, many are deficient in it, and it is cheap. His restless leg immediately stopped, before I even got to tell them about the soap.

People's Pharmacy response: Thanks for the testimonial. If you don't want to chip the soap yourself, you can get them from us: https://store.peoplespharmacy.com/soap/people-s-pharmacy-leg-soap.html

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