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I thought I would have some fun and do some DIY soap on a rope. Turns out it is a smart idea for soap. Rather than needing some kind of stand to keep your soap dry and not sitting in a puddle of water all you need to do it hang your soap up. Using the handy dandy rope attached!!

How Do I Make This Fancy Soap On a Rope?

OMG it could not be any easier! Just grab yourself some organic melt and pour soap and you are ready to rock n roll. Its just a bit of choppin’, a bit of melting’, a bit of mixin’ and your done. It is totally up to you whether you add anything to your soap like essential oils, colours or exfoliants. What ever you choose to do it is easy with a captial E.

How Much DIY Soap Does this Recipe Make?

This DIY retro soap on a rope recipe makes one 100g soap or two 50g soaps (like those in the pictures). How many soaps you end up with depends on the size of your mold. I don’t have any proper soap mold at home so I just used what I had available. The large silicone ice cube trays from the department stores are what I used for my soap on a rope, which end up around 50g each. I have also used cupcake trays and they hold around 100g of soap. Use whatever mold you have available to you, cause really its just soap so who cares what shape it is.

I intentionally made this recipe for one (or 2 smaller) bars of soap. I wanted to be able to experiment with fragrances, colours and other additives like flowers and walnut shells etc. Some of my “experiments” have been total failures and making just a small batch means I don’t have a heaps of terrible soap to use up (or in the case of 1 experiment so far that was so bad I had to bin it!).

If you want to make more soap just double, triple or quadruple this recipe. Or even more depending on how much soap you would like to make. But if you like to play around and experiment like me you have a basic small batch soap recipe as a starting point. If you discover an awesome soap recipe we would love to hear about it!!

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Soap on a Rope

Soap on a Rope

Yield: 2 x 50g bars
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Additional Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

An old school retro classic that is a perfect for making your shower zero waste


  • 100g melt & pour soap base
  • 2ml glycerine (optional)
  • 30 drops essential oil (optional)
  • String or rope


  1. Cut the soap into small cubes and place in a heatproof container
  2. Set up your mould with the string you have chosen to use. I used some old pegs to hold the string where I needed it while I poured and set the soap. You want the string to end approximately half the depth of the mould. Whether you place this at the top of the middle of the soap will be dependant on the shape of your mould.
  3. Using either a water bath or microwave gently melt the soap. If using a microwave melt in 10-second bursts stirring the soap in between.
  4. Once melted work quickly & add the glycerine and essential oils if using and mix gently to combine
  5. Immediately pour into your mould and allow them to harden for a few hours before removing the soaps from the mould
  6. Wrap any soap not being used immediately for storage


  • The amount of essential oils used will determine the strength of the fragrance and can be left out if you like. If you prefer a faint scent try 10 drops of essential oils. If you like it really strong try up to 40 drops (2%) of essential oils any more than this may affect the performance of the final product as advised by the soap base manufacturer.
  • Be careful not to overheat the soap base. This melt and pour base melts at 59C try to stay below 75C. Overheating the soap can affect the finished product and result in it the soap being soft, or sweating during storage.
  • The soaps in the images were made using the large square silicon ice cube molds from Target. This recipe makes just over 2 cubes.
  • I find that most cupcake trays are the perfect size to make one 100g soap bar if you prefer one large soap.
  • The glycerine helps to achieve a nice lather, however, it can be left out. The soap will still work out.
  • It is recommended to wrap your soaps to protect and preserve the soaps. An airtight container may also work if you are wanting to avoid plastic wraps but may not work as well.

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