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Making your own soap is inexpensive, easy-to-do, and can be the perfect DIY gift for friends and family.
You Will Need
- A lb. or two of soap base
- A cutting board
- A serrated knife
- A microwave-safe glass bowl or measuring cup
- Some plastic wrap
- A microwave
- A whisk
- A spray bottle of rubbing alcohol
- And soap molds
Cut soap into cubes
Cut the soap base into 1-inch cubes to allow for easier melting. You can approximate the amount to melt by seeing how many chunks fit into each mold. In general, a pound of soap base will make about 3 medium-sized bars of soap or numerous smaller ones.
Heat soap base
Place your soap base into the glass bowl or measuring cup, cover the top with plastic wrap. Heat it in the microwave on high for 30 seconds. If the base isn't completely melted after 30 seconds, remove it, stir it with a whisk, and re-heat it at 10-sec intervals, stirring in between, until it is. Don't forget to replace the plastic wrap each time.
Remove the base from the microwave and gently stir it with the whisk.
Pour into molds
Slowly pour your base into the molds.
Spray with alcohol
Spray the top of each mold with rubbing alcohol to get rid of any excess bubbles.
Let molds sit
Let the molds sit for several hours at room temperature--or in the refrigerator for about one hour.
Flex & pop out
When the soaps are fully hardened, simply flex the molds a little and pop them out.