How to Make Homemade Soap on a Rope

  • 01 of 09

    Let's Put Your Soap on a Rope

    Soap on a Rope setup
    Soap on a Rope setup. David Fisher

    Soaps on Ropes!

    I had them when I was a probably did too. It's mostly a novelty - the soap is the same with or without the rope...but it really does add a great convenience factor. And...because it keeps the soap from sitting in any water, your soap lasts longer. So let's make some!

    For this project, you need:

    • Some soap - you can use melt and pour or cold process soap...
    • A mold - the 3D molds I have here (and that are listed on the right) are great for making soaps on ropes...but, as you'll see, you can make it with any soap mold
    • Some rope - nylon is good because it's not affected by the water, but, as I'm going to do here, you can use decorative ropes or natural ropes as well. I usually allow about 18" - 24" per soap.
    • Some scissors for the rope
    • A spray bottle of rubbing alcohol if you're using melt and pour base
    • Basic soapmaking setup appropriate for the kind of soap you are making including whatever colors, fragrances or additives you are putting in your soap
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  • 02 of 09

    Set up the mold

    Soap on a Rope Molds
    Soap on a Rope Molds. David Fisher

    If you're using a 3D heavy duty upright soap mold like the one on the right, you don't have to do anything other than put the two halves of the mold together and place the rubber bands on. You can also just use a standard single cavity mold like the one on the left.

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  • 03 of 09

    Place the Rope

    Placing the Rope
    Placing the Rope. David Fisher

    The 3D molds are great because the funnel shape on the top allows a snug place to stick the rope before you pour the soap. With the mold standing upright, gently push the rope far enough in so that the ends are at the center of the bar. You don't want the rope to touch the bottom or the sides of the bar. This rope is a fairly thick natural cotton, so it's staying put pretty easily. If you're using a more slippery nylon, it helps to tuck the rope under one of the rubber bands.

    If you're using a single cavity mold...stay tuned, we'll place the rope in those molds in a minute.

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  • 04 of 09

    Prepare Your Soap

    Melt and Pour Soap chunks
    Melt and pour soap ready to melt. David Fisher

    If you're using melt and pour soap, cut it up, melt it, and add whatever fragrance or color you are going to use.

    If you're using cold process soap, make your recipe as you would, but make sure you are pouring at very light trace - otherwise, the soap can be too thick to pour into the 3D molds.

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  • 05 of 09

    Pour the Soap (3D Molds)

    Pouring the Soap into the 3D Mold
    Pouring the Soap into the 3D mold. David Fisher

    With the 3D molds - once your rope is ready and your soap is ready - it's time to pour.

    Slowly pour the soap into the mold making sure to overfill it just a bit. Air bubbles and the rope soaking up the soap can make the bar shrink a bit as it hardens. You want to make sure the whole sphere of the mold is filled - so overfill just a bit.

    Give the mold a couple of gentle taps on the counter...and set it aside to harden. It should take 2-3 hours for melt and pour, or 24 hours for cold process.

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  • 06 of 09

    Using a Single Cavity Mold

    Mold halfway full
    Mold halfway full. David Fisher

    Don't have a fancy 3D mold? No problem at all.

    Set the mold on the counter and fill it halfway full of either melt and pour or cold process soap.

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  • 07 of 09

    Place the Rope

    Placing the Rope
    Place the Rope. David Fisher

    If you're using cold process soap, let it set a minute or so to settle and then place the rope gently on top of the poured soap. Once the rope is placed where you want it, gently fill the mold with the rest of the soap. (Be careful to not let the force of the pouring push the rope too deep into the bar.

    If you're using melt and pour soap, let it set a few minutes until it has just started to harden on the top - until it has a hard enough "skin" to support the rope. Place the rope and give the soap & rope a light spray with some rubbing alcohol. Then fill the rest of the mold with warm (not too hot) re-melted soap.

    As with the 3D mold, let it sit until it's properly hardened.

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  • 08 of 09

    Unmold the soap

    Gently separate the halves of the 3D mold, or push the soap out of the single cavity mold.

    Trim off any of the "overpour" from the top of the 3D bars.

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  • 09 of 09

    Finished Soaps - Ready for Hanging

    Finished Soaps on Ropes
    Finished Soaps on Ropes. David Fisher

    If you're using melt and pour soap, you're ready to go use your soap. If you're using cold process soap, you'll need to let it cure for a few weeks before you use it.

    Enjoy your soap on a rope!