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Why Does Soap Soothe Nighttime Leg Cramps?

Is there a scientific explanation for why a bar of soap in bed may relieve some people's nighttime leg cramps? Research is providing some good theories.

We admit that putting a bar of soap under the bottom sheet near your feet seems like a strange way to prevent leg cramps. Many health professionals insist that it is pure placebo. But we think there are plausible explanations for why soap soothes leg cramps. Here is how it all got started:

A Surprising Soap Story:

Many years ago we received a message from a reader of our syndicated newspaper column about putting soap under the bottom sheet to prevent nighttime leg cramps:

“Under the cover of darkness (so my husband, who is an M.D., wouldn’t see), I slipped a bar of soap under the sheet on my side of the bed. For two nights I continued to have mild leg cramps but by the third night they were gone. I have not had them since.”

Since that early letter we have received hundreds of messages from people all around the world regarding the soap treatment for muscle and leg cramps. Many doctors (and quite a few non-health professionals) are absolutely convinced this is total nonsense. They chalk it up to suggestibility, largely because they cannot imagine how it could possibly work.

Two thoughtful and curious readers came up with a hypothesis. They submitted the following explanation for the benefit of the skeptics:

The following hypothesis was contributed by Derek H. Page and Hugh Smailes:

“Several years ago, the advice columnist Ann Landers raised a provocative question in her column: does soap at the foot of the bed cure night-time leg cramps? The consensus in the medical community is no: there is no conceivable mechanism by which it could, so any relief derived from this procedure must be due to the placebo effect. In other words, it’s all in the mind.

“But if it is indeed a placebo effect, it’s a remarkably strong one. Many people who have suffered for months, if not years, from painful, nocturnal cramps in their legs and feet have found immediate and long-lasting relief just by slipping a thin, innocent bar of soap beneath the sheets. Some even report relief although they were unaware that a bar of soap had been snuck into bed.

“Likewise, others whose cramps have mysteriously returned have been nonplussed until they later discover that their bars of soap have fallen from the bed. From the point of view of those who, like us, are trying to solve this mystery, it is fortunate that several websites (including this one) have maintained reports of this unusual treatment and its results.”

A Potential Explanation:

“We decided that although these data were anecdotal, and therefore suspect, we would treat them as if they were scientifically valid, and use them to try to develop an explanation for soap’s seemingly helpful effects. But as soon as we started reading the literature, we realized what an enormous task we had undertaken. The anecdotal literature is vast, and frustratingly contradictory.

“Nevertheless, we decided to continue, recognizing that any explanation we produced would remain an untested hypothesis. It would require testing by others before it could be elevated to the status of a theory. We decided to condense the relevant literature down to a few points on which there is general agreement. Here are the main relevant observations taken from the anecdotal evidence:

What People Report:

  1. It seems to work for many people. Soap in the bed appears to alleviate nocturnal leg cramps.
  2. Relief is immediate and sustained.
  3. Some people report that soap does not work. It appears either to work consistently and well or not at all. There are few cases of partial success.
  4. After a few months, a bar of soap is no longer effective for preventing cramps. It must be replaced. Old soap can be rejuvenated by scoring or shaving it to produce fresh surfaces.
  5. Some subjects have placed the soap between the sheets, and some have placed it under the bottom sheet. Either or both of these methods work.
  6. Some subjects report that direct physical contact between the subject and the soap is desirable, but few claim it is essential.

Conclusions:

“From these observations, certain conclusions may be drawn. For our purposes, number 4 on the above list is the most relevant. Apparently, the phenomenon can be switched off and on: off when the soap bar ages, and on again by scoring the soap. But why? What is it that’s being switched off and on?

“We hypothesize that it is an as-yet-unidentified molecule present in the soap. This might sound like a stretch, but in fact, this “switching” mechanism is consistent with what we know about the structure of soap.

“Soap is a water-swollen gel. When it’s purchased, its moisture content is generally somewhere between 5 to 15 percent. Soap is very porous, and when it’s swollen with water, it permits small, dispersed molecules to pass through it. But when it has aged, its surface dries out, and its surface is a lot less porous, so small molecules can no longer pass through it.”

Refreshing the Soap:

“We think that an unknown molecule that diffuses out of the soap gel is responsible for alleviating cramps. As long as the bar is emitting this molecule, the cramps are suppressed. An old bar of soap ceases to emit the molecule as the surface dries out and its resistance to diffusion rises. That’s when the cramps return. The bar can emit again–and once again eliminate cramps–after new, moister, fresher surfaces are exposed by scraping the bar of soap.

“From items number 5 and 6 from our list above, we know that direct contact between soap and skin can be helpful, but it does not seem to be essential. This suggests that our unknown molecule is volatile, capable of diffusing in air: i.e., that it can pass from a bar of soap to your cramping leg in a manner similar to the way a drug is transmitted through a skin patch.”

Soap Scented Oil (Fragrance): The Magic Molecules?

“After generating this hypothesis, we took a careful look at the list of ingredients on a package of soap, and we found only one possible source of small molecules of a volatile compound: the fragrance. Nearly all soaps contain fragrances or perfumes. Certainly those mentioned in the anecdotal evidence do. And what perfumes are used in soaps? That’s generally top-secret information, held close to the vest by soap manufacturers. But we do know that most soaps contain esters and oils, such as carrot oil and lavender oil (or their synthetic doppelgangers). These compounds are vasodilators. Like the ester nitroglycerin, which is used to alleviate pain caused by angina, they enlarge blood vessels.

“The quantity of perfume transmitted to the skin may be small, but it appears to be enough to dilate blood vessels and prevent cramps. We know, of course, that the small, mobile molecules in the fragrances of soap diffuse through its gel to the surface and evaporate. We know because we can smell them. And when you score an old bar of soap, you can smell it all over again, just as strongly as when you first took it from its paper wrapper.”

Who Will Test the Hypothesis?

“Before it can be accepted, every new hypothesis has to be tested. We would welcome the findings of anyone who might want to test our hypothesis, and we would be eager to see the results. To the research community, which is convinced that ion imbalance is responsible for the initiation of cramps, we say that this suggestion doesn’t challenge that.

“There is ample room here for research by the academic and medical communities. Our proposed mechanism will surely be under attack within the week. Yet it fits much of the data so well that we suspect that whatever future research results are obtained the final conclusion in this matter will include much of what is written here.”

Soap for Other Pain Problems?

“Finally, it has not escaped our notice that if this explanation is correct, it may have applications beyond the alleviation of leg cramps–specifically, but not only, in the management of pain from other conditions. We hope that having proposed this scientifically viable explanation for the phenomenon of soap alleviating leg cramps will validate the experiences of those that have benefitted from this ‘treatment,’ and open this area of inquiry to further medical and academic research. We do not claim originality for every element of this proposal. But we do claim originality for putting together the pieces of this puzzle.

“To those who have been unable to get relief with the soap treatment (i.e., those mentioned in item 3 above), we suggest you persevere and try a different soap with a stronger scent, potentially scoring it. You might try searching the internet, or this website, to see if there’s a brand others have had good luck with. The fresh, unwrapped bar of soap should then be placed between the sheets, preferably in a location where the soles of your feet can touch it. And please report back to us whether or not it works–we’d be very interested to hear.”

Dr. Derek H. Page, (Baie D’Urfe, Quebec, Canada) and Hugh Smailes (Apollo Bay, Victoria, Australia) As a final disclaimer: we are not physicians and have no health expertise, as our critics will doubtless be happy to affirm.

An Update on Derek and Hugh’s Hypothesis:

Several years ago an anesthesiologist by the name of Dr. Ough actually did some research on soap to relieve cramps. At that time he was working at Beloit Memorial Hospital in Beloit, Wisconsin. He reported his findings in the Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare (Sept. 2, 2008):

“…I assembled a skin patch made of crushed bar soap, and achieved successful results in regards to relief of muscle cramping and pain. I further experimented with the use of this soap patch for various other painful medical conditions.

“It was noted that the soap patch was successful in relieving pain from muscle cramps, knots, and even the trigger point pain associated with chronic myofascial pain syndrome. The soap patch also is effective for smooth muscle spasms, relieving the pain from menstrual cramps, intestinal cramps, and kidney stone.

“Hypothesizing that the scent of the soap was the active ingredient responsible for alleviating pain, I have since assembled the skin patches with a soap-scented oil (SSO), rather than bar soap itself, and hope to continue to expand its applications to other disease states…

“…I hypothesize that the active ingredient in the SSO skin patch is the scent itself. This would represent a new and unique method of medicinal delivery, because the scent is seemingly absorbed through the skin and not via the olfactory system.

“From these results, I conclude that the SSO skin patch is a safe and effective topical treatment for the pain of fibromyalgia.”

Joe’s Alternate Explanation for the Soap “Cure”

The world changed for us when we learned about research carried out by a Harvard neurobiologist, Bruce Bean, PhD and his buddy Rod McKinnon, MD (a Nobel prize winner). They concluded that muscle cramps are caused by overstimulation of nerves rather than by dehydration or electrolyte depletion. They heard about the old wives’ tale that eating a spoonful of yellow mustard or drinking an ounce of pickle juice could interrupt muscle cramps within minutes.

After years of experimentation they were able to explain this phenomena through nerve stimulation of the mouth, throat and stomach. TRP (transient receptor potential) channels in those organs were affected by strong flavors (cinnamon, ginger, hot pepper extract). Within minutes, stimulation of those sensory nerves could interrupt muscle cramps in legs. Details of their research efforts can be found at this link.

Soap Stimulating Nerves:

Now that we know muscle or leg cramps are triggered by overactive nerves and can be calmed by stimulating sensory neurons in the mouth, esophagus and stomach working through the spinal cord, we think we have a new explanation for the soap “cure.” The soap scented oil that is the basis for the fragrance that Derek and Hugh write about above could also be stimulating sensory nerves in the legs.

A chemist who specializes in volatile ingredients told us several years ago that the most popular soaps for leg cramps had limonene in them. This chemical is derived from the skin of lemons, limes and other citrus fruits. It is used as a fragrance and flavoring in cosmetics and other products. He was convinced that this fragrance somehow affected the body to prevent leg cramps.

It turns out that there are both olfactory (smell) and taste receptors in the skin. We are normally not aware of them, but they exist. It is entirely possible that fragrance in soap creates a low-level of sensory stimulation that goes through the spinal column and calms the nerves causing muscle cramps. Because it is a much slower process than swallowing strong flavors (like mustard or vinegar), it can take a day or two for the effect to manifest itself.

We think that limonene could be the key ingredient. Some soaps have a lot of limonene while others have very little. This could account for why some people report success and others are disappointed with the soap they use to prevent leg cramps.

Soap for Hand Cramps:

Many people have told us that when they get hand cramps they can interrupt them quickly by holding a bar of soap. Here is a link that describes this exact scenario.

We recognize that this is all a hypothesis rather than proof positive. But we think that nerve stimulation represents a plausible explanation and enhances the theory that Derek and Hugh offer at the top of this article.

What do you think? Have you experienced quick cramp relief from mustard, pickle juice or tonic water (another strong flavor that likely stimulates nerves)? If so, we are convinced that you are activating TRP channels in your mouth, throat and stomach that affect your spinal column. That turns off the misfiring nerves next to your cramping muscles.

Has the soap trick worked for you to prevent muscle or leg cramps? Share your experience below in the comment section and let us know what you think of our revised theory. At the time of this revision there are over 400 comments. Why not take a moment to read some of them and add your own.

Revised: by Joe Graedon, 9/28/17

By the way, we have added extra limonene to our Bed Soap. Here is what people say about this product:

Donna Jo in North Carolina states:

“It has really helped my RLS [restless leg syndrome] after I go to bed.”

Lucille in Texas shares:

“I like it and so does my husband. He uses it for restless leg and I for cramps. So far, it seems to work. Better than anything else I have tried.”

Cheryl in Richmond, Virginia loves Bed Soap:

“I love this soap and use it every night. It does help me in preventing night time leg/foot cramps. Also love the smell! So does my 5 year old granddaughter!”

Of course not everyone loves the smell of lavender (which helps some people fall asleep at night). Another fragrance is found in our Leg Soap. You can put these tiny soap chips in your socks at night or during the day.

Let us know if soap works for you to ease leg cramps, hand cramps, restless leg syndrome or anything else that goes bump in the night. Here is a link to our body care products, including bed soap and leg soap.

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Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.” .
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I love to have my soap under my sheet. It really works for me! The other day I was too long on toilet. When I got a really bad cramp I could not even stand up. Then I saw the box from the soap in the garbage can. I put it right away under my foot and rubbed it, and it was like a miracle!! This horrible cramp dissapeared!!

For several years I have always kept a bar of soap under the sheets in my bed, which has successfully stopped me getting any more leg cramps (except when it falls out of the end of the bed, which sometimes happens). But tonight I have suffered the most agonising leg cramps! I could not understand why because I could feel the bar of soap in the right place under my feet where I always keep it. However, when I investigated I discovered that when I changed the sheets a couple of days ago I had by mistakenly put the soap, not only under the sheet, but also under the electric blanket I have in the bed. So, athough I could still feel the soap under my feet, the thickness of the electric blanket had obviously been enough to stop the therapeutic effect of the soap working. A valuable lesson learned!

I deeply against using more meds than necessary so home remedies always come first with me. I’ve always suffered from leg/feet cramping. The worst ones began when I began using Braille-sign equipped trains, buses, and walking up & down different platforms. Rainy season could mean extra steps if elevators or escalators were out. Standing for an hour or more until the last bus home arrived and finally the 20 minute walk to my apt.

Night times were extremely painful! Both legs cramped simultaneously and later learned it was my tendons. I can truthfully say I didn’t expect any relief from soap but there has been no pain after a busy day when I snuggle under the covers. yaaay!!! The scent didn’t matter. Thin/thick the bar still works its magic! I was taking extra vitamins A & D, magnesium, and calcium with no real help except with a bit of sleep and beautiful nails.

I do change out the bars if the scent doesn’t agree with me. The best side effect is that the other body pains have slowly disappeared from lower back, neck & arms from accidents due to my loss of sight. The recent cold weather has me reaching for that bar of soap and massaging my leg from the knee down along the bone. It’s the worse cramping area.

Grab a bar of soap instead of a pill. If you’re gonna try and smooth out that cramp anyway you might as well start with a soap bar instead of massaging oil. Sleep easy, soap user.

Peace,
Terry

I have recently been using the soap in bed remedy after almost becoming an insomniac due to leg and knee discomfort. The soap I used is a French soap with Argan oil and is scented. But here’s an enigma. I have lost my sense of smell due to surgery and yet I had instant relief and have been sleeping most of the night. So I believe there is something to be said for other parts of the body benefitting from the aroma. People are laughing at me but I don’t care.

A friend told me about a cake of soap in the bed to prevent leg cramps. I have suffered with cramp all my life so was willing to try. That was seven months ago. I have never had cramp since. I often kick the soap out of the bed, so I start off with three cakes of soap. I take magnesium, calcium and glucosamine on a daily basis but suffered with leg and feet cramps until I put soap in my bed. I use palmolive gold but I don’t think it would matter what brand of soap you use.

Despite taking higher amounts of magnesium and taking electrolytes I had leg cramps at night. Even if I did not have a full blown cramp, I would wake almost every night with the need to stretch my legs. Desperate for a good night’s sleep I asked someone if they happened to know of any other remedy I could try. They told me to try the bar of soap trick. I went and got some soap right away. The first night my legs felt all tingly, and no cramps. The next few nights the tingly sensation faded away, but still no cramps.

I’m a former chemist and one of the most skeptical people you’ll ever meet. My mother was, too, and she was an RN but when nightly leg cramps came to her she was desperate enough to try the soap trick, which was mentioned to her in earnest by her family doctor. Worked like a charm!

Over the years I took many turns ribbing my mom for this “placebo cure” but leg cramps must be hereditary because today in my 50’s I started getting them myself–especially in my shins.

Nothing worked until in desperation I tried the soap trick and…VOILA! It worked like a charm. I have even had the experience of the cramps returning only to discover the soap had fallen onto the floor!

Crazy? Kook? Believer in mumbo jumbo? NOPE. But there is a bar of soap in my sheets.

I have damaged nerves in my legs from a congenital foot problem and have suffered from leg and foot cramps at night for years. I tried the bar of soap and it worked beautifully.

They started up again and I discovered that the soap had slipped out of the bed and was on the floor…put it back and no more cramps. Another thing that works very well is drinking apple cider vinegar and honey in water once a day. The magnesium apparently is the factor that relieves these leg cramps.

The only soap or at least the one that worked the best was Ivory. It can last between a couple of weeks to 6 months. Every time I get a cramp I replace it with a new bar. I once told a nurse about it. She at first was advising me that I should take more magnesium. This is what she advises her patients. She didn’t think a bar of soap would work.

I saw her again a few months later and she said she just couldn’t believe how well the soap worked. She tells all her patients who have cramps and she was telling me story after story about patients who have suffered for years no longer getting cramps.

My uncle was an MD who suffers from debilitating cramps at night but just would not believe the soap trick would work but one night after an especially pain full cramp out of desperation he tried the soap bar. No more cramps. He spent days looking through medical literature trying to find a possible reason but found none.

I have tired scraping the bar after it stops working but that doesn’t seem to work. I always have to get a new bar. I once read that it might be the smell of the fragrance. Someone researched what was the most common fragrance and I can’t remember which it was.

You would think a company would spend some money to research this out find what it is in soap that is the cause and then refine it and find the best way to apply it, patent it and then make a fortune since this is such a common problem.

I have been using the bar of soap for several years. It works fine. I change the bar every 6 months or so. Just move from Cape Cod to Florida and the cramps returned. Then it dawned on me that the new bed was made up without the soap between the sheets.

I want to begin researching myself in hopes that what the molecular remedy is can it be used with MS patients and so many others that routinely get paralytic cramping? This is my goal but need to get involved with larger test group. Just moved in down here in Palm Coast, FL, but there are many retirees who I am sure suffer with leg cramps. Lots of work to do!

I do have MS and severe muscle spasticity. The muscle cramps have been lifelong and I do not know if they are MS related or genetic or whatever…but I drink a very absorbable magnesium daily, take Epsom salt baths regularly and drink pickle juice or the mustard trick when the pain is unstoppable. I had used the soap trick several years ago and it worked like magic. Somehow, after several moves and other issues, I had forgotten about the soap. I have been unable to go a full hour without severe cramping until last night…I remembered the soap! Went and bought some Ivory and put three bars under my bottom sheet. Slept almost the whole night through…first time in months and months!! Will not be without my soap again. I wish you great good luck, Gordon, in your studies of how the soap affects MS patients!! Thank you for exploring this possibility…

I have suffered from leg, foot and hand cramps for many years. Someone told me about using a bar of soap and even gave me a bar of Safeguard. I immediately put this in my bed next to my legs. First good night’s sleep I had had in years. I now wear a pair of shorts to bed that has pockets, and I place the bar of soap in one of the pockets and it work just as well. When I get hand cramps, I hold the bar of soap in each hand and usually within 15 to 20 minutes, I no longer have hand cramps. I have also used Zest and it works the same as Safeguard. I don’t know why it works, but I know that it works for me.

I have suffered from painful leg cramps in both calfs, (aka “Charley Horse”) since the age of about 45. I am now close to 60. I tried using a name-brand avender soap about 2 years ago with remarkable results. It virtually prevents leg and foot cramps. If the soap is not in the bed or is over 3 to 4 months old, cramps return. Putting my leg near or against the soap will also stop a cramp in progress. My wife doesn’t get foot cramps anymore even with the soap on my side of the bed.

All my friends have had significant prevention or reduction in leg, foot,and hand cramps using this soap. I have a few skeptical friends who refuse to believe it and would apparently rather suffer than spend a couple of dollars at the pharmacy.

such an interesting thread, my father has CIPD and severe leg cramps, we are looking for ways to help him!

I have had cramps from my toes to my hips. You could literally see the muscles cramp up and I have even been bruised due to the cramps being so intense. I have use a multitude of different items to help. The only thing that is helping me at all is a bar of soap at the foot of the bed. I am a believer. It is very inexpensive. So glad that I have heard of this.

After pulling an elastic tubular stocking over my cramped leg, and slipping a bar of soap inside it over the cramped area, the pain went in about 10 minutes, I could feel it easing then disappearing, whether or not is was the soap or it would have gone in 10 mins. anyhow ,I don’t know

I’ve been a hairdresser for over 50 years, and I have used small pieces of soap on top of my feet under socks for quite a while. My colon doctor also told me to drink Gatorade-type drinks, and it really helps with leg and foot cramps.

I could not believe it when my doctor suggested to put a bar of soap under the bottom sheet at the foot of the bed to relieve my very painful night time leg cramps. Well I wanted to prove that ridiculous theory wrong so I tried it. It worked! Don’t know why but it did and has been working ever since!

My mother told me to place soap under my pillow when I called her about my fingers getting locked up. It was painful. I was skeptical but to my surprise it worked like a charm. That was about three years ago. I haven’t had the problem since. It worked for my dad too. My mom put soap under his sheet without telling him. He woke up without cramps. He still thinks my mom is crazy but sleeps with the soap under his sheets every night.

It has worked for me over the years! I was thinking possibly the bar of soap is absorbing humidity under the cover ….I know when it rains my joints hurt. Just a thought!

A friend told me about the soap under the bottom sheet. I was very skeptical but was open to anything for my night-time wake-ups from leg and foot cramps. Have tried a lot of said leg cramp reliefs: Tonic water, leg cramp pills, apple cider vinegar, did find quinine to work but not prescribed anymore. So I thought I’d try soap. Did not have leg cramps for 3 nights. While stretching this morning I felt a twinge in my calf, and I placed the soap on that area. It worked. No cramp. I have no idea why and still don’t. But I will not look a gift horse in the mouth. I’M just blessed it is working for me. 74 and still dancing now.

I never I’ve tried anything that I’ve read online yet other than soap under my sheet. My husband used to get cramps every night so bad that he would have to jump out of bed and literally scare the heck out of me. So I read up on it, and they said to try soap. We tried it. He no longer gets cramps at night, and I also use it on my side because I think I have restless leg syndrome, and oh my goodness! It works so well that I took it out for a week just to see what would happen, and he started getting cramps again. I’d also wake up in the middle of the night and have to move my feet so much. I put it back in just this Monday, and it works! I swear it’s the best thing in the world. I actually can sleep at night because my husband’s not jumping out of bed with leg cramps!

I thought the whole soap thing was just a silly old wives’ tale. But after recent excruciating leg and foot cramps that kept me awake night after night I was ready to try anything. I had tried taking magnesium, and while it worked initially, it didn’t give relief every night. I put a new bar of soap into a sock on the affected foot, and I got instant relief. I did the same thing the next night and no cramps. Incredible as it seems, it works.

I have had terrible foot cramps since I had surgery on both my feet. Every few hours at night, tried drinking plenty of water. Magnesium tablets nothing worked. A friend told me about the soap method, used it the last five nights, total relief.

I started using soap with zero expectations 4 months ago and I’ve had total relief. I don’t care if it’s placebo – that’s irrelevant. “It works for me”. Prior to that I was up several times a night over many years, waking tired with painfull leg muscles. Both legs often camped at the same time, often front and back muscles. THANKS so much Peoples Pharmacy. Ray Smith NZ

My Osteopath suggested that I try to soap bar remedy, and it worked immediately.
I am very thankful as I never would have happened upon this by myself.

I have had Restless Leg Syndrome for many years. 10 years ago I heard from friends that a bar of Ivory soap under the sheet at the foot of the bed stopped the twitching and cramping. Tried it, and it worked! I read in the article above that the soap remedy can help with relieving Fibromyalgia, so I will certainly try that. I have always used Ivory, I buy it in the 8 pack, don’t want to run out :)

My wife, who had finally and suddenly succumbed to heart disease used to have terrible leg cramps and wake me at night when she was in pain. I felt so bad for her. I would sit and massage her calves and feet until the cramps eased so we could sleep. The doctor gave her vitamins and meds and ran blood tests and nothing seemed to help. She worked in the medical field as a medical transcriber for decades so she was knowledgeable in that field. I looked online for home remedies to see if I could find something. I read about using soap between the sheets. We were shopping so I said let’s get a big pack of bar soap and try it. She was skeptical, to say the least. I said, “no lose because we’ll use the soap if it doesn’t work”. We put it under the sheet and it worked until the soap would get old and she would replace it. She swore by it after that even though she and her doctor couldn’t explain why it worked.

I started putting a bar of soap (Lily of the Valley) under my top sheet a few weeks ago after hearing that a friend of mine did it and it worked. I would get restless feet and leg and foot cramps before bed. I had been using 100% Lavender Oil, even during the day when I would get foot cramps, and it did work extremely well. I have been telling everyone to use it. Now I get complete relief at night with the bar of soap under the top sheet. I’ve even put a piece of soap in my sock when I have a problem during the day and it works too. And I believe as well, the bar of soap helps me to sleep. Even when I get up, which is usually a few times a night, I have no problem falling right back to sleep. So very big bonus there. It really works….so now I will be telling everyone about the bar of soap in the bed! Just remember it’s in there when you change your bed (you’ll wonder what the thud is when it hits the floor) and it seems you have to refresh it or put in a new bar maybe once a month. It truly works!

Left hand cramped today, drew out of shape and was very painful. Put a bar of soap in my hand, and the cramping stopped immediately.

For years I had terrible leg and feet cramps at night. To the point where I had to get out of bed and try to walk them out!!! Horrible, horrible cramps!! I read about this soup under sheet “treatment” and tried it that very night. Weeks and weeks go by and I’m cramp free.

I take the bar out of it’s wrapper and put it under my bottom sheet. I’ve told a few people,some are willing to try and some not. I just figure if the cramps are bad enough they will try it and if not, so be it.

Frankly, I don’t care if it is the “placebo effect.” It works for me and I’m staying with it!!! And I’m very grateful to whoever came up with this in the first place.

Once in a while I do have painful cramps in my hands but I never though about trying a bar of soap but the next time it happens I can promise that I will!!!

It will be considered “scientific” when some pharmaceutical company produces a “Miracle Bar” and markets it at $50.00 each or more! Personally, I laughed at myself for falling for the soap story and now only smile when I wake up after a restful cramp-free night! Never mind why it works….

I was up every night with horrible Charley horses , we call them. I had broken my leg and then had a broken hip. I still have swelling in my ankle and leg . I put the soap in my bed and forgot about it. My daughter asked me one morning if I was up in the night with cramps and I realized I had not had any since the soap was put in the bed. The best part is the swelling in my ankle and leg. Has diminished and I can finally turn my ankle both ways! I don’t understand the cure but seeing and feeling is believing. I’ll never run out of soap! My mom is 101 and having trouble with hand cramps so I’m going to get her to try holding the soap in her hands while she watches t,v, will keep you posted, thanks for your explanations.

I read your articles frequently and read about the soap for leg cramps years ago. My husband is very skeptical so I put the soap in the bed and didn’t tell him. He stopped having leg cramps and when I told him about the soap, he was surprised. I have shared this with many people since because I am a believer.

It was recommended to me by my physical therapist. I suffer with debilitating cramps on a regular basis. Like several times a week. It usually has me awake for at leadership 30 mins. Since using soap in my bed for the padt month, Ive only had cramps three times and they were very mild and as soon as I touch the soap with my feet the cramps go away completely!!! The weirdest thing I’ve ever experienced… ever!!! Definitely recommend it! Plus, like Ive been saying, what harm can it do if it doesn’t work for you? And your bed always smells nice and clean!

My husband has suffered from leg cramps for years. Last year I read about the soap for leg cramps in your newsletter. Without telling him, I placed a bar of soap between the mattress pad and fitted sheet.

A week went by and I asked him how his leg cramps were and he said he hadn’t had any. The next week, I asked again and received the same response. I then told him about the soap and he was amazed. No placebo effect here!

Bar of Soap works for me. Just do not forget replaced when it stop working.
Full spoon of mustard works too.

I, too, put the soap in the sock when I go to bed — it seems to work much better that way. But, I didn’t remove the original soap under the sheets — couldn’t hurt.

I have saved the soaps that seemed to run out of effectiveness, so now will shave off the top layer on them and use them over again — great idea! Thanks so much for helping us all to sleep!

Rubbing it on your stomach for belly cramps also works. Wish I had known that when I suffered with the monthly cramping.

I was very skeptical. I thought that all those people who said it worked were suckers who will believe anything. But the soap in my bed has been like a miracle! Before I frequently had severe leg cramps several times a night. They are now gone! Just to be sure it will work, I put several pieces in my bed near my calves every night.

I was introduced to bed soap several years ago after a lengthy stay in the hospital left me with twitching legs and cramps as I came off strong pain medicine. My sister suggested soap in the bed. I tried and it gave immediate relief.

I have had other muscle aches and pains as well as abdominal cramps when I move my desk chair (on wheels) several times a day. So I went to your website and bought the small pieces of soap (Leg Soap) from you and attached them in various places on my body with Transpore tape. I am 67, work 8-10 hours a day with a lengthy commute. I would never be able to keep up without the soap pieces. They keep me from having pain and I can stay off strong meds for pain.

I was so delighted to find your Leg Soap so that I do not have to shave the soap myself.

I use this daily for chronic back pain and knee pain. This solution has been a life changer. Thank you for making the little soap chips!

I used to put a bar of Dial soap at the foot of the bed under the bottom sheet but it kept falling out so decided to try putting it in the drawer that holds pillowcases. It works just as well – my husband never has leg cramps.

I can’t help wondering…. I don’t get migraines, but your columns are filled with posts from people who do. Has anyone tried ending a migraine headache by holding one fresh bar of soap at the back of the neck and another on the forehead?

I have immense gratitude for discovering the leg cramp cure on your website. With a lot of skepticism, I tried using soap, and much to my surprise and disbelief, it worked!!!!! So I thank you so, so much for introducing it to me. Incidentally, the first time I used it, it worked for two or three months… then it didn’t. I decided to take a fork and score the surface. That did it! I know when to do that… just wait until the cramps come back, then score away.

I’ve used soap-under-the-sheets for several months and swear by it. I’ve also used a bar for hand cramps (just hold it in your hand for a few minutes and the cramp disappears) and for a very strong cramp in my upper leg. That happened as I was reaching across a bed while changing sheets and left me unable to walk because my let went numb. My hubby brought me a bar of soap, I rubbed it at the point of the cramp and all was well in about 3 minutes. I’d like to share a trick for keeping the soap in place under the sheet. Cut down a pair of stockings (not socks) to a little longer than the bar of soap. Gather the extra length and tie in a knot (like you’d tie a balloon). Then pin this little package to the bed pad, under the bottom sheet. Now it can’t be kicked off the bed! I’ve used the same two bars since the beginning and the fragrance is still great, so I believe that the nylon stocking helps to preserve the soap.

After hearing all these testimonials I decided to try the soap bar treatment and everyone is right, it does work. However, whenever I get the cramps I have to rub the bar across my leg or foot until the cramp goes away. Maybe the soap needs replaced.

Worked for my dog. I put 2 bars of Ivory under my elderly dog’s pillow and she didn’t wake up once. She had been waking up crying several times during the night with leg pains.

Certainly helps me (though as a user of only organic products I hate the synthetic smell).

I’ve tried it for years. I recommend it to every one. It works. Believe it or not it does!

I’ve been using soap in my bed for several years it works great haven’t had leg cramps for years soap does work and I tell people all the time about it I recommend it for leg cramps I am a diabetic for 41 years and bad back problems it works great

Well o be used bar soap for over two years for leg cramps and it works I’ve told several people about it nd they also use soap for the leg cramps also and it same reason leg cramps and it works better than any cream try it because it works better than anything I’ve tried or heard of.

I was very skeptical when I first read this (actually, I laughed my head off!), but I have such severe problems with foot and leg cramps that I’ll try just about anything. To my complete surprise, it worked immediately! For years, I’ve had such bad cramps in both legs and feet at night that sometimes it feels like my bones are actually going to snap into pieces because the muscles are cramped up so tightly. I’ve tried everything that anyone has ever suggested (and yes, I drink about a gallon of RO water every day, eat fruits and vegetables, take mineral and enzyme supplements), and nothing has worked. The only thing that has ever worked was to get out of bed and walk around the house for 20 minutes or so, and sometimes my feet and legs were so cramped up that I couldn’t straighten them out enough to be able to walk, so I’d have to lean against the wall for a few minutes until I could stand up. This has been happening almost every night, sometimes twice a night, for at least five years.

Imagine my amazement when something as simple as a bar of soap made it all stop immediately. After reading about it here, I now keep a bar of soap in bed, positioned between my lower calf and ankle, and … for joy, for joy!! … no more cramps to speak of. In the past two weeks since I started using the soap trick, I have only had a couple of very minor cramps (small, “normal” cramps, nothing bone-cracking like before). When that happened, I held the soap directly against the cramp, and it completely stopped within about 10 seconds. Unbelievable !!! I’m hopeful that soon the cramps will stop completely, when they realize that The Soap is here to stay!!!. Thank you, thank you, thank you to The People’s Pharmacy for all the wonderful (and sometimes weird) information that you share.

I am trying the Ivory soap for what is a leg cramp behind the knee that feels like a throbbing ache rather than severe sharp pain. It takes five or ten minutes to subside; however, I bought an OTC topical medication for the condition, and it soothes and warms the skin very quickly so that the cramp goes away. The fact that I get the cramps in only one leg makes me think that an old injury (from falling off a bike as a kid) may come back in the form of a leg cramp. I wonder if, since the oils and perfumes in soap may ease the pain, wouldn’t perfume itself, or essential oils work also?

I have had serious leg cramps for years. I am talking about the type that blow you out of bed and rage for hours, leaving residual pain throughout the following day.

I tried this out of desperation. No cramps since day one. I am beyond grateful.

I know it sounds absolutely crazy but my 92 year old mother had suffered with leg cramps for years and now I started having trouble. I TELL YOU IT WORKS! I don’t care why; I’m just happy to get a good night’s rest. I use Ivory but it sounds like others have results with any brand.

Soap in the bed is the only thing that works for me. I have always had terrible foot cramps but had begun to also have calf cramps that were unbearable. My parents told me that their doctor had recommended the soap trick and had no idea why it worked. I tried it and it’s fantastic.

I’ve been doing it for a month, and suddenly I’ve started getting some minor cramping again. I think it’s time to score or shave the soap. So glad that I read this article!

It works. Without a doubt. Thanks for the great article.

I read a doctor’s blog on soap to prevent leg cramps. I started to get a very bad cramp in my right leg about twice a week, and often have foot cramps. I thought, “Silly, but what do I have to lose?” IT WORKS!! I find it actually prevents it if I feel one coming on and I put the bar of soap directly on the area. One night I woke up with a cramp and couldn’t remember where the soap was (in the bathroom). This is proof enough for me.

I have Systemic Lupus, IBS, and Sjogren’s. Unfortunately, my immune system flares at the drop of a hat, so my doctor and I have had to go to alternative therapies for any relief/treatment. I have to be very careful what I do for myself at any given time as I will react to things normally prescribed to anyone with these conditions. I had leg cramps plague me for several years and heard of this bit of placing a bar of soap between the sheets, near my feet, several times and thought this was just too simple. But, I do know that “simple” is sometimes best and gave it a try. Instead of just placing the bar between the top and bottom/fitted sheets, though, I rubbed it onto the fitted bottom sheet and then left it there where it would lay between my feet. The leg cramps stopped, not just at night, but during the day as well. I removed the bar to see if that would make a difference; it really didn’t. I like to keep it there, though.

So, I thought, perhaps, there was a placebo effect going on here and decided to try this with my husband without him knowing about it. I rubbed a bar of soap on the area where his legs and feet lay at night, then slipped the bar under the fitted sheet. He didn’t notice it there. As he has RLS, diagnosed by his physician, he’s been given prescriptions for meds he can’t tolerate and didn’t want to go that route. Now, the RLS has stopped and, when he told his physician about the soap, once I’d revealed to him my little experiment, his physician is left scratching his head. That doctor has told my husband that he’s going to try it himself, though.

As I also have severe cramping in my hands, I now use nothing but bar soap to wash them with. Most of those cramps have ceased and they only come up slightly when I’ve been using my hands a lot for typing, cooking, or cleaning.

I wouldn’t suggest anyone go off their meds or do anything against their physician’s guidance, but as this really doesn’t seem to hurt or have any negative side effects, what’s the harm in it. All a person is out is the cost of a bar of soap. The brand I’m using is Jergen’s and that, to me, is very nice. As I rub it on the bottom sheet almost nightly, that refreshes the surface of the bar and releases whatever goodness that’s in it to help it do its job, it seems. After doing this for several months now, I’ve not had a flare or rash develop, which is awesome for me.

I would get leg cramps just about every night, when I heard a lady masseuses on the internet say you will not believe this until you try it. If you get leg cramps at night when in bed put a bar of soap under the covers with you, you can put it in a sock if you like, and you will not get cramps at night in bed any more, so I did and she was so right. I couldn’t stop telling people about it. I was having lunch in a restaurant at the shore, Sandy Hook, and I told a lady in the restaurant that was having leg cramps how to eliminate the cramps with a bar of soap. When I told her two men sitting next to me almost fell on the floor from laughing. Then they told me this friend of mine next to me said he has been using soap for cramps under the covers for years now and I never believed him, I thought he was just out of his mind.

I’ve only tried for three nifhts, but that’s three nights without cramps. You’ve got to love those old wives tales.

Do you guys have a similar explanation for the similarly strange belief that putting a bundle of wine corks in your bed can also stop cramps? I’ve heard this recently from people who swear by it but can’t fathom the theory behind such a belief.

Never heard that one. It’s hard to imagine it would be comfortable…or that it would work. If somebody tries it, please report.

My husband lost his his leg in a motorcycle accident and get a phantom pain and nerve pain. And recently he has been experiencing really bad leg cramps in his right calf a few times a night. That leg is stressed from doing extra work to support him sometimes. Anyway, he researched and found a link about soap and leg cramps. He decided to give it a try but instead of putting under the sheet he puts directly on the leg and it’s been 7 straight nights and not in any time during his sleep has he woken up with a cramp. They’re GONE! And his short leg nerve pain has severely decreased and some of those nights it’s 100% calm. So people can say what they want about this being all in people’s mind that it’s working, I see first hand every night that’s it is really working and thank God. Can’t hurt to try it and see for yourself.

I have had leg cramps for years and nothing I tried would help me. A friend at work kept telling me to use the soap under the sheets method. I thought she was crazy! After a week of waking up 2-3 times a night with horrible cramps that took 10-15 min to walk off, I finally decided to try putting a bar of soap between the sheets. It has been a week now, and I’ve not had one cramp!!! I am so excited! I even feel better because I can have a full nights sleep with no interruptions.

I also put it right on my leg or foot and NO CRAMPS!!

As a cynic I was skeptical about this remedy. My sister told me about it and in the five years since I’ve had no night cramps. A week ago I was away from home and forgot to use soap in the bed. I had cramp twice during the night. Next night I used soap and had no recurrence. I have however experienced “pre-cramp” feelings at night and some cramp during the day.

Sometimes I will wear the bar of soap in socks IT works I don’t know why but it does.

My name is Cristina from Asuncion, Paraguay. Many years ago a friend told me about ubbing a bar o soap on the cramp area. I have never heard of putting it on the bed but for sure there us a bar on my night table. I can testify any time in front of whoever that it works. I assure you that it is not placebo effect because i have try every wife tale and nothing worked. Eating bananas before bed and during the cramp. Stepping on cold tle floor. Running hot water. Massaging. Oatmeal paste, just to mention some options. Nothing works. The soap for me works like magic, instantaneously. In all truth I do not care why it works but it does. Thanks for the research and explanation

I have suffered with leg cramps most of my adult life.tonic water helped for a while but I don’t think they put as much quinine in the water any more because of the harmful effect on the liver. Soap under the sheets is a blessing it has ended my leg cramps and allowed me to get a good night’s sleep

I am a 75 year woman in fairly good health but was having foot and leg cramps every night. I went to the doctor and she said to take magnesium.

Her nurse spoke up and said her grandmother swore by a bar of soap in the bed. The doctor laughed and said she had heard of it but there was no scientific evidense.

I was desperate and that night. A bar of soap went to bed with me. No cramps. Sometimes I will lie on top of the cover and I will feel the cramps coming on and I will stick my legs under the cover and in a few seconds the cramps are gone. It may not cure them but it certainly does help. I’m a believer.

Is one soap better then another

Ivory works best. Dove and Dial do not work.

In my experience a soap with a stein smell like Coast or Zest works best.

I am a believer of the soap in the sheets thing. Personally I did not think it would work but I decided to give it a go and since I have had a bar of lavender soap in my bed, I have not had cramp at all. I am thinking about not taking my magnesium each night now just to see if the soap theory is correct. I am hoping so as it would be cheaper for me. However, on another note, I remember my late dad having a bar of camphor in his bed as he also suffered with night cramps badly. He swore the camphor alleviated the cramps also.

Myself and the majority of my family suffer from the Family Curse — severe leg cramps at least once a night. One day a friend asked why I was so tired, I explained I had been woken up every hour the night before with severe leg cramps so yes, I was exhausted.

She asked if I’d ever tried soap under the sheets. I thought she was crazy, but I was desperate. I had immediate relief and have had no cramps in my legs since sleeping with a bar of soap. It may seem crazy, but I don’t care — it works!

I’m thinking of putting slivers of soap in socks to sleep in.

Donna, why not buy your Leg Soap product? We have already created soap chips for this very purpose. Makes the process really easy. No worries about slipping and cutting yourself with a knife. Here’s a link:

https://www.peoplespharmacy.com/store/body-care/peoples-pharmacy-leg-soap/

I placed a bar of soap in my daughter’s bed because she’d complained with her legs hurting. I am the one that changes the bed so the next time I changed the bed I removed the soap and she complained her legs hurt again. So I replaced the soap and they stopped. I haven’t told her about this and she hasn’t noticed it. What teen would. I make her bed ,change it weekly. So it works. She hasn’t complained with leg cramps in over a year . Hell a package of soap is 3 bars for dollar at local dollar store , so if that keeps us out of Dr office then I’ll spend that every 6 months.

All I can say is I have tried it and it works. I’m in retail and after long hours on my feet my legs ache. Putting the soap at my feet at night made a huge difference. My legs were not sore the next morning.

I’ll tell you what!!! I’ve been experiencing leg cramps for a very, very long time in addition to my legs feeling like they have little spiders, if you will, crawling on them!! That soap trick’s working is NOT NOT NOT IN MY head! If doctors or other health care providers experienced this they would know it does work!! Sure I was standoffish but it’s soap under the sheets. It either works or it doesn’t. IT DOES, so all the naysayers “boo” to you! If you’re experiencing cramps in the legs, give it a try!

I, too, was skeptical when I saw a woman holding a bar of soap on an internet page and claiming relief from nightly leg cramps. But sharing her cramping experience, I was willing to try it — it would only cost a bar of soap. If it didn’t work I’d just put it in the shower! Blessed relief!!! Several relatives and friends have now taken my advice to “try it” with positive results. I hope research may expand the unique “treatment” for other types of pain too. I’ve used Dove because that’s what I had on hand—so, for months now, my husband and I have slept “cramp free” with two bars under the fitted sheet!!!

I rub the bottom of my feet after a shower with soap and put socks on.

It relieved my RLS. When I first heard about it I was spectical but how much does a bar of soap cost and it works.

Just putting it under the sheet does not work and be sure your feet are clean before you do it.

I have been using Irish Spring bar soap in my bed for several years. It works like a charm. As you mentioned in your article, the bars of soap lose their potency after about three months. I replace them after that time, and I continue to have no leg cramps.

I’ve suffered for yrs with my toes wanting to contort, my feet seemingly trying to develop another joint (as if), and the calf muscles twisting like a candy cane stripe from ankle to knee. Excruciating to the point of crying. I’ve taken a powdered calcium/magnisum supplement nightly, and know that when I stop, the cramps come back in a couple days. My husband reminded me of the Ivory soap like friends have mentioned. I thought it was an old wives tale… it’s not going to work – how could it. It’s weird, I can’t understand why, but it has worked for a week straight with no cramps waking me up in the middle of the night, or during a workout at the gym. I’m skeptical, but hey, it’s working so far.

I had suffered for a long time with leg cramps, spasms and even charlie horses. The charlie horses were so intense I would literally wake from a sound sleep, pretty much jumping out of bed, the pain was so intense it felt like my bones were going to fracture. I would stand and stretch so many times a night. sleep was interrupted so much and I would wake up with my legs hurting so bad from the spasms.

It was suggested to put a bar of irish spring soap under my bed sheet. Today I DO NOT have leg cramps, no muscle spasms and very rarely a charlie horse. I replace the soap every 2-3 mths or I shave the outer part off the soap to renew it. No matter what ppl say about it being all in my head.

I know it is not cause once the soap gets old, my cramps come back. No matter what it is, I will always have a bar of soap under my bottom sheet. Try it if you suffer. What do you have to lose? Oh yeah just nasty leg cramps…

I have had sleepless nights due to leg and feet cramps. Put the soap in bed have not had any since! Also have arthritis in my toes, was painful to have the sheets touch my feet, that also has disappeared. Will always use the soap it’s a miracle!

Joni
NC
April 1, 2017

For years I had terrible problems with my legs hurting especially in the evenings. I then had two hamstring/ankle injuries that caused severe pain and kept me from falling asleep at night. Three weeks ago I tried this soap method and am happy to report- I stopped taking the 3 Aleve
pain pills I was up to a night. From the first night of putting the soap in my bed- absolutely no pain! It worked for me, and I swear by it!

Last night when I lay down in bed I began to experience a severe cramp in my right lower leg. Nothing seemed to relieve it and then I remembered what my mother had told me many decades ago and reached for the nearest bar of soap. Because my feet are very cold in bed, most every night I wear socks to sleep. I tucked the bar of soap into the front of my right sock and the cramps immediately subsided and I had a most wonderful sleep.

I used Olay bar soap.

I’ve had the most excruciating leg, knee, foot, ankle, thigh, shin cramps consistently for years. I would literally wake up, jump (when possible) out of bed, hang onto furniture and try to walk it off. This happened several times each night. I heard about the soap in the bed and decided to try it last week. I haven’t had a cramp of any sort since then. I am a definite believer and boy does it feel good to be able to sleep through the night! My sheets from this point out will always have soap at the bottom of the bed.

it works leg cramps gone

I first saw this remedy on Facebook. I giggled I waited a few nights so I thought I would try it. Wow I actually slept through the night. I had severe leg cramping foot cramping on both legs at the same time every night. I would have to get up to walk by holdin on to furniture until I was able to get relief. This was every night. Never I was able to get a full nights sleep. I’m on my fourth night and it is heaven. I told my husband and he says it’s all in the mind. I said all in the mind as long as it works I recommend it

Hi, I heard about the soap and thought it was utter rubbish I have been on medication which people with Alzheimers take for over 15 years and I thought what the heck let me a try but because I was skeptical it didnt work and I decided to give it another try after seeing articles about it more and more and would ;you believe it does work!!! I am off meds now for 2 weeks and what a relief!!!! My pharmacist will be at a loss though lol

Me and my wife had been fighting restless legs and cramps for 3 years. Tried the soap three weeks ago it has stopped for us both I had been told of this years ago but now I know it works.

After talking with my med insurance provider lady Friday, I’m going to give it try. Put the soap in the bed Friday night and today read the article. Going to also try apple cider vinegar/honey and the Tonic water as well.

I’m tired of pain. The jury is out.

My sister in law told me about putting a bar of soap in my bed to get rid of my leg cramps. I laughed when she told me since I tried everything to relieve the cramps for years and nothing worked consistently. But just for giggles I tried it last week when I changed my sheets. It really does work!

I’m not sure what to think, I had horrid leg & foot cramps last night. I got up and tried to walk them off and then remembered something about a bar of soap at the foot of the bed… so I opened a box and put a bar of Leaver soap at the foot of the bed. instant relief, not another cramp for the rest of the night. I have been thinking about the oddity of this cure all day – was it the walking or the soap?

I was helping my friend who had a hip replacement at her home for a week. When I undid her bed I noticed a bar of soap and asked her about it, and l laughed. Well, I occasionally get leg cramps and thought I would try it . The first night and only night I had put a bar of Yardley soap in my bed and during the night I had an annoying flicking type of sensation in my left knee which had been previously been replaced about four years ago . It drove me crazy and sometime during the night I took it off my bed and I no longer felt that annoying feeling. Just thought I would mention this as weird as it sounds. But I’m certainly a firm believer that something in that soap reacted to my nerves or ?

My dad suffered from leg cramps and also used the bar of soap for relief. We chalked it up to another one of his eccentricities and had a good laugh over it. But now that I’ve been suffering with leg cramps for the past month, I’ll be giving it a try. My dad said that only Ivory soap worked, but apparently any soap will work judging from the comments. Hope it works, have been dreading going to sleep at night.

Appreciate the article! This morning, woke up with a cramp in my left leg and had to get up and press my foot to the floor to alleviate it. I’ve seen this home remedy mentioned before, and I laughed. But now, armed with this new info, am gonna give it a try! (I have a bar of lavender soap that I haven’t opened yet. It’s in a box, so I don’t know if leaving it in the box will still work – that is, if the circumstantial evidence is true. I figure some of the people it could work via a placebo effect as well as the ‘vapors’ or whatev.

I was told only Ivory soap worked too…

I, too, was very skeptical, but thought, what the heck! It’s a buck and I can use the soap in the shower. THAT WAS 6 YEARS AGO!!! I absolutely swear by the soap under the sheet.

I recently moved and have low back pain. I couldn’t sleep for a few nights and realized that I had not put a bar of soap under my sheet. Once I did, I’m sleeping like a baby again. I use the soap for low back pain so I place it higher in the bed in line with my back. I have another one near the foot of my bed for leg cramps. I use Irish Spring, but I think most soaps seem to work.

I was skeptical when told I should put Ivory soap between sheet and mattress cover. Leg cramps that made me get out of bed and walk have now been gone for two weeks. Not even one little cramp.

Soap works, even for skeptics. My leg cramps returned and I discovered the soap has fallen out of the bed and was on the floor … apparently too far from me to help. Restored the soap, leg cramps stopped. Another excellent remedy is drinking a mixture of apple cider vinegar and honey. Hot water will dissolve the honey.

No particular amount is recommended, but vinegar is strong and you only need a splash of it. The minerals in the apple cider vinegar are, I think, what does the trick. Don’t need much…just a swallow or two before bed or even earlier in the day.

I step, without shame, from the ranks of the skeptics into the ranks of those who have experienced cessation of leg cramps after the simple addition of bar soap under the sheet of the bed. The skeptical mind thinks, ‘This is far too easy to effect a cure’; after a month solid without a single cramp I’m thankful and convinced. Prior to the soap I had tried long courses of magnesium, potassium, and turmeric, drinking water before bed, not drinking water, and stretching — with zero help. The soap has done away with severe foot and leg cramps since the first night.

I use Kiss My Face Olive Oil soap from my local health food store (Sprouts).

I have been using Dial Soap between the sheet and the mattress for quite some time. It does work. Sometimes if I have been doing strenuous walking or working I will have to revert to an age old remedy: vinegar, honey and a little water to swallow and appease the cramps.

My wife read about the soap under the sheets thing and told me about it.
I did not believe it would work. I am seventy years old and was remodeling
our house late last summer. I was getting cramps on my legs and feet three
to four times a week. I had to take Motrin’s often, and they would work for
me but it would take about thirty minutes to do so. One night as I went to
bed I felt something under the sheets. My wife had tried to sneak a bar of
soap under the sheets. I left it there to make her happy and to prove it would
not work. I did not have cramps that night and have not had cramps since.
It has been four month. I do not know how it works, but it does.

just a note; Tonic water would help, it contains quinine which we prescribed to our patients for years for leg cramps and are given to military as well for same reason. Also, thank you for all this info. we are going to try this for RLS.

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