Thursday, November 18, 2010

Tutorial: Upcycled Hand Soap

When my soap has gotten so small I can no longer use it to take a shower, I save it instead of tossing it out. I don't know why but I always had a feeling that the soap could somehow be used for something and I just couldn't bring my self to toss it in the trash. After some thought and online research I decided to rebatch my soap to make small hand soaps. I bought some seashell candy molds at Joann's yesterday and  I gave it a try. I was surprised at how great they turned out. Here are the steps for rebatching as well as some lessons learned.

You will need
  1. Pieces of leftover soap (I used Dove)
  2. Boiling Bag
  3. Candy/Soap Mold
  4. Pot with boiling water

    Step 1: Put all of your pieces of leftover soap in a boiling bag and crumble them into smaller pieces.
    Step 2: Add a small amount of water to your boiling bag.

    Step 3: Place your bag into a boiling pot of water.

    Step 4: After 15 minutes remove your bag, be careful it's hot, and pound it. I used an oven mitt because the bag was hot. If chunks of soap are still present in your bag return it to the boiling water for 15 more minutes.

    Step 5: With the tip of your finger move the soap away from the tip of the bag. Cut the tip off of your boiling bag.

    Step 6: Squeeze the soap out of the bag and into your molds. Let the soap dry for 24-48 hours and remove from mold.

    Lessons Learned
    1. Don't use a ziploc bag, use a bag that is meant to withstand the boiling.
    2. Don't put to much water. It is best to start with a tablespoon at a time. You don't want your mixture to look like soup.
    3. After putting your soap in the mold make sure you smooth the back out with a knife.
    I was pretty happy with the results and I am sure I will try it again. I might use some soap coloring to give my hand soaps some color next time.

    1 comment:

    1. I love this post! Thank you so much for the idea <3