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A Thorough Set of Instructions on How to Make Soap on a Rope

How to Make Soap on a Rope
Making soap on a rope from scratch is a fun and creative way of having your very own soap made from scratch, without letting it sit in a puddle once you're done using it.
HobbyZeal Staff
Last Updated: Mar 26, 2018
There are many companies that distribute soaps on ropes as a way of not allowing soap to stand in water, making it slippery and moist every time you reach for it. It's a smart way of having to hang up your soap on a hook nearby to keep it mildew free, and easy to use and replace once you're done with it. Making this is fairly simple, if you want to try out something new and interesting when it comes to making one of these at home.
How to Make Soap at Home
Orange soap on rope
There are a lot of people who experiment with ways on how to make soap at home, because they're very into the whole artsy way of having handmade goodies around them. Who knows, you could make some of your very own creations for loved ones and include these soaps on a rope in gift baskets with an ensemble of other bath products.
Get others involved in making soap creations of their own so that everyone can join in the fun of knowing how to make soap on a rope.
Things You'll Require
Things required for soap on rope
  • Nylon cord
  • 2 vials of perfumed / essential oils
  • Liquid food coloring of your choice (2 colors)
  • Glass bowl
  • 1 large pot
  • Large mold of your choice (you could have interesting mold patterns like animals, flowers, alphabets, shapes and so on)
  • Soap making oils (liquid and solid)
  • Lye-water
  • Weighing mechanism
Instructions
Using a measuring pitcher, place this on the weighing mechanism and slowly pour in your oils depending on how much soap you're planning to make. Use solid soaps like palm, coconut or shortening and liquid oils like canola, olive, or castor which should be weighed separately before you begin making your soap. Once you finish measuring how much of the two you need, it is time to place it in the pot and have it melt gradually over medium heat.

Stir the solid oils gently on medium heat, making sure to keep track of the temperature - the heat should be cut off once the oils reach a temperature of 110° (use a cooking thermometer). Once they're melted through, add to this mix the room temperature liquid oils to the pot (nonstick, soap pot). This will simmer down the scalding solid oils that have melted, where it will come down to about 100° where you then need to add the lye-water.

Basic instruments that you'll need on hand are spatulas, wide spoons and whisks including your perfumed oils and other additions. Using a stick blender, gently pour in the lye-water to the soap oil mixture using the blender to mix the oils without actually turning it on. Once you've done this and kick-started the saponification process, turn on the blender in brief bursts (3-5 seconds apart), until you slowly witness the mixture coming together with the oils not separating anymore. Wait for the mixtures to completely blend as one.

Before the mixture can further harden, turn the stick blender off and using it as a spoon, mix in your fragrant oils and colors. Turn on the stick blender making sure it all mixes up really well, where you can ever add crushed flower petals or spices to give it a more organic touch. The soap will take on a slightly hardened texture. Pour this into a mold with the nylon cord placed inside it (cut it up and separate this among the mold shapes), making sure that it spreads out evenly. Smoother it out once all the soap is in place, tapping the mold onto a surface to make sure there aren't any trapped air bubbles.

Place a towel over the mold and keep it aside in a warm place so that it can slowly turn into a finished product. It takes approximately 24 hours for the soap to take form and harden. Carefully pop it out of the mold. Once you remove it from the mold, set it aside to cure for about four weeks before it is safe to use.

Avoid using anything alcohol-based when wanting to add a scent to your soap, since it can dry out your skin and not really benefit you upon use. Use perfumed oils instead since this is a much healthier option for your skin, and use colors to make your soaps look eye-pleasing. To enhance colors of your soap molds, add in more color with a darker tone or look up a color chart with color blends to know which two-color combinations can bring out another. That way you'd be making your very own commercial-looking soap.