How To Make Soap On A Rope

How To Make Soap On A Rope With An Easy Melt and Pour Soap Idea

How to make soap on a rope with an easy melt and pour soap idea. Learn what rope to use for soap on a rope and how to attach rope to soap.

I’ve been making soap for over five years, and it all started with this simple lavender goat milk soap. Soon after, I pondered what else I could make with melt and pour soap. It wasn’t long before I had a bucket list of soap ideas for melt and pour soap to make! 

I checked off a lot of melt and pour soap ideas last year, including:

(Not familiar with melt and pour soap? Check out this guide.) 

And this soap idea was next on my bucket list! 

Have you ever heard of soap on a rope? I first got a glimpse of it on Pinterest. Blocks of soaps with natural cotton and twine ropes popped up in my feed when looking for new soap ideas. 

I mainly saw images with a foreign language stamped into the soap and other inspiring artisan-made soaps. 

I didn’t come across any tutorials, so I’m excited to share with you how to make soap on a rope. Learn what rope to use for soap on a rope and how to attach rope to soap.

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Follow this easy melt and pour soap idea to learn how to make soap on a rope. I know you’ll be shocked at how quickly these creative soaps come together.

What is the point of soap on a rope?

Other than the fact that it’s a clever way to dress up a plain soap bar, adding rope to soap also solves a problem. You see, hanging soap up helps it dry in between uses. 

If you let a soap bar sit in a tray with a puddle of water, you’ll likely have bacteria or mildew solidify with the soap as it dries. Therefore attaching a rope to a soap bar results in a much cleaner bar. And it also helps the bar of soap last far longer than a mushy wet soap bar. 

What do you use to make soap on a rope?

First, you’ll need a soap base to begin. Follow my tips on how to choose a melt and pour soap base here

I chose a goat milk soap base for this soap recipe because it creates a solid soap bar you can’t see through. And it’s a good, hard soap versus a honey or aloe vera soap base, for example. 

homemade soap making with goat milk melt and pour soap base

Related To: Which Soap Base Is Best For Your Project?

How do you attach rope to soap?

To figure this out, I tested a few methods to attach rope to soap; the easiest was the straw method. I saved a disposable straw from Starbucks. I admit I don’t always remember to bring my own mug. But I don’t get the point of their barista handing you a straw for a cup designed not to use straws! 

Anyhow, it’s really simple to use a straw to create the hole for a rope to go through the soap. And I was able to make six bars of soap on a rope with just one straw. Read the step-by-step instructions below with the soap recipe. 

What do you use to make soap on a rope? Learn what rope to use for soap on a rope and how to attach rope to soap.

Easy Melt and Pour Soap Idea To Make Soap On A Rope 

Follow this easy melt and pour soap idea to make DIY soap on a rope. You’ll be shocked at how quickly these creative soaps come together. 

If this is your first time making soap, I recommend reading my beginner soap maker guide, which shares tips for success. 

Supplies For Soap On A Rope:

Round silicone soap mold

3 yards of waxed rope

6 clothespins

18 ounces goat milk soap base

3 teaspoon soap fragrance or essential oils 

How To Make Soap On A Rope Part 1:

  1. Cut six pieces of rope into 16-inch length pieces. 
  2. Place a disposable straw in the first soap section and cut it about an inch above the mold. Repeat for all six sections and set aside.
  3. Use a clothespin to secure each straw in place (see the photo above).
  4. Next, weigh 18 ounces of the goat milk soap base on a kitchen scale. Slice the soap base with a soap knife into ½” to 1” cubes. 
  5. Scoop half of the soap cubes into a large glass measuring cup. Place it in the microwave and melt the soap base at 50% power in 30-second intervals for a total of 1 to 1.5 minutes, stirring intermittently to avoid burning. 
  6. Then promptly remove the melted soap base from the microwave and add 1 1/2 teaspoons of a skin-safe soap fragrance or essential oil. Then whisk the fragrance into the soap mixture. 
  7. Then carefully pour the first half of the soap mixture into the soap mold. Reposition the straws as needed as the soap begins to harden for two to three minutes. (Don’t fret if the soap wrinkles or ripples on the top, we will cover it.) 

How To Make Soap On A Rope Part 2:

  1. Scoop the remainder of the soap cubes into the measuring cup and melt at 50% power in 30-second intervals for a total of 1 to 1.5 minutes, stirring intermittently.
  2. Remove the melted soap base from the microwave and add the remaining 1 ½ teaspoons of a skin-safe soap fragrance or essential oil. And whisk the fragrance into the soap mixture. 
  3. Pour the melted soap over top of the first layer, steering clear of the straw openings. 
  4. Spritz the top of each soap with isopropyl alcohol to remove any air bubbles, as needed. 
  5. Allow the soap to cool in the mold for one to two hours or until solid before removing the soap bars. 
  6. Firmly press each straw out of the soap. Then thread a prepared rope through and tie in a knot. 
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How To Make Soap On A Rope

Yield: 6 soap bars

How to make soap on a rope with an easy melt and pour soap idea. Learn what rope to use for soap on a rope and how to attach rope to soap.

Materials

  • Round silicone soap mold
  • 3 yards of waxed rope
  • 18 ounces goat milk soap base
  • 3 teaspoon soap fragrance or essential oils

Tools

  • kitchen scale
  • soap knife
  • large glass measuring cup
  • 6 clothespins

Instructions

How To Make Soap On A Rope Part 1:

  1. Cut six pieces of rope into 16-inch length pieces. 
  2. Place a disposable straw in the first soap section and cut it about an inch above the mold. Repeat for all six sections and set aside.
  3. Use a clothespin to secure each straw in place (see the photo above).
  4. Next, weigh 18 ounces of the goat milk soap base on a kitchen scale. Slice the soap base with a soap knife into ½” to 1” cubes. 
  5. Scoop half of the soap cubes into a large glass measuring cup. Place it in the microwave and melt the soap base at 50% power in 30-second intervals for a total of 1 to 1.5 minutes, stirring intermittently to avoid burning. 
  6. Then promptly remove the melted soap base from the microwave and add 1 ½ teaspoons of a skin-safe soap fragrance or essential oil. Whisk the fragrance into the soap mixture. 
  7. Then carefully pour the first half of the soap mixture into the soap mold. Reposition the straws as needed as the soap begins to harden for two to three minutes. (Don’t fret if the soap wrinkles or ripples on the top, we will cover it.) 

How To Make Soap On A Rope Part 2:

  1. Scoop the remainder of the soap cubes into the measuring cup and melt at 50% power in 30-second intervals for a total of 1 to 1.5 minutes, stirring intermittently.
  2. Remove the melted soap base from the microwave and add the remaining 1 ½ teaspoons of a skin-safe soap fragrance or essential oil. Whisk the fragrance into the soap mixture. 
  3. Pour the melted soap over top of the first layer, steering clear of the straw openings. 
  4. Spritz the top of each soap with isopropyl alcohol to remove any air bubbles, as needed. 
  5. Allow the soap to cool in the mold for one to two hours or until solid before removing the soap bars. 
  6. Firmly press each straw out of the soap. Then thread a prepared rope through and tie in a knot. 

Notes

If this is your first time making soap, I recommend reading my beginner soap maker guide, where I share tips for success.

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