If you’re a bit of germaphobe like myself, you probably purchase a lot of soap.

Although I have a preference for liquid soap, I still keep a traditional bar on hand, just in case. But until recently, I had no idea just how versatile that bar of soap really was (here’s a hint, it’s good for loads more than just washing your hands).

 Prepare accordingly, because here are 21 surprisingly handy uses for that boring old bar.

1. Cover hardware, windowsills, etc., with soap suds while painting to avoid possible paint splatter.

Cover hardware, windowsills, etc