I wanted to share a quick post about a couple things I found which are not generally soaping tools, but are working out quite well for me.
The first is a cheap little kitchen cart I found at a thrift shop. Prior to getting my hoosier cabinet, where all my soap supplies live now, all my soap supplies were kept in two storage tubs in a closet. Getting ready to make some soap required wrangling them out, carrying the supplies armful by armful to the kitchen, and then, after clean up, having an entire row of dishes down the counter drying. With a dog, who has a nickname (one of many) of Mr. Underfoot, carrying heavy glass mixing bowls, glass measuring cups, and lye flakes, is not one of the safest things to do for me, or him. Nor do I like having my normally clean kitchen cluttered up with dishes.
The cart comes in handy for a couple of reasons. One, the countertop is a perfect place to pour my soaps without having to worry about getting soap batter, colorants, or anything else on the kitchen counters. I can also wheel it around our kitchen to areas with better light (good for photos too!), etc. Second, the second shelf, with a towel draped across it, makes an excellent, out of the way, drying rack for all the dishes. And, three, I can just put the soap in the mold, put the drying dishes on the second rack, any supplies that aren't ready to be put away, and just wheel it where ever I want. So worth the few bucks I paid for it.
The other non-soaping doo-hickey (totally the technical term) I am finding most useful is this wire storage rack for scrapbooking supplies. It makes a perfect drying rack for my soap, and storage area for my already packaged soap. These were on clearance at Joann's a few weeks back, so I bought 2. They take up very little space, allow air to fully circulate and cure the soap, and will come in handy even after I move to bigger and better curing racks.
What non-soap related items do you use? Let me know in the comments!