Q. I use the soap trick for restless leg, and after a couple of weeks the effect seems to wear off. I’ve discovered that shaving the top layer off with a potato peeler has the same effect as a new bar of soap. This might save folks some money, especially those on a fixed income.
A. Thanks for the tip. We continue to be amazed by reports from readers that soap under the bottom sheet can help ease leg cramps. We have no clue as to how (or if) it works. People do tell us that the benefits “wear off” after several weeks and they have to replace the bar of soap to recapture the effect.
Your soap-shaving trick may somehow restore the mysterious healing power. Of course soap never goes to waste. Once you’re done with it, just take it into the shower.

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  1. sharon

    I’ve had RLS which has been bothering me for a couple of years. I read about the bar of soap in the bed sheets but need to know if its just a bar of soap or the simply ivory bar of soap which I can only get from America????????

  2. KD

    I have been putting a bar of soap under my 4 year old son’s bed sheet for about a year now, hoping it might provide relief from the ‘growing pains’ in his legs that had him up crying 4 or 5 nights a week. He is now up one night every month or two with leg pain (and has only recently realized there is soap under his fitted sheet). I keep the soap (we use Ivory) about halfway down the mattress and pushed to one side so the lump doesn’t bother him. At first I kept it at the foot of the bed, but it didn’t seem to start having any effect until I moved it up further on the bed. My late grandmother kept her bar in the pocket of her nightgown and had also had great results.

  3. William H.

    If you save the soap shavings in a small container and add a touch of water after collecting a sufficient number you can press the shaving together into a bar again and use it.

  4. BWH

    Can you please explain WHERE the bar of soap is placed under the sheet? Is it at the very foot of the bed? I have not seen it explained other than to place the bar under the bottom sheet. Thanks.

  5. ba

    I have also found that after a few weeks the effect wears off; I find that just moving the bar around in a circular motion and/or changing the location slightly, renews the benefit. My daughter-in-law who is into all sorts of natural health aids, thinks that it is aromotherapy & that moving it around stirs up the oils in the soap. When this stops working, I will try shaving the soap.
    By the way, this soap cure was suggested by my internist!!

  6. ML

    I’m confused. The person who wrote in used soap under the bed sheet for restless leg syndrome and you replied that you are amazed about the number of people who have written in about using soap under the sheet for “leg cramps” implying they are one and the same. Which is it please?

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