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Easy soap-making projects for beginners and kids

Updated on July 13, 2007

Basic Melt and Pour Soap Making Method

The easiest way to begin soapmaking is to use the Melt and Pour method of soapmaking. Not only is it the safest (I would not recommend kids doing any other method), but it also offers the most flexibility in creating unique soaps. Below are the basic directions. You can start by purchasing the supplies separately or try a kit available at most craft stores such as Michaels's, A.C. Moore, and JoAnns's.

Basic Melt and Pour Soap Making Method

The easiest way to make melt and pour soap and to get used to the process is to start out by using a microwave to melt the soap.

Step 1: Cut the glycerin soap into small chunks and place in measuring cup. Fill it up as much as you think you will need to fill desired mold. Try to overestimate until you get a feel of how much each mold takes. It is better to have extra than to find you have to melt some more after you started filling mold.

Step 2: Microwave the soap in 15 to 30 second intervals. Stir after each interval. Try not to boil the soap, as it creates bubbles. When the soap is mostly liquid the microwave part is done. It is okay if there are a few remaining small solid pieces. Just stir until they melt.

Step 3: Now it is time to add color and fragrance. First add the color you desire your soap to be to the melted soap and stir. The soap should have slightly cooled off by now. As long as it is not steaming add the fragrance oil and stir in. If still steaming slowly stir until it cools. When a thin skin starts to form on top it is time to pour in mold, but be sure to first remove this thin skin and discard.

Step 4: Slowly pour liquid soap into mold(s). It is nice to have small soap molds handy when making bigger soaps, so you can use any extra liquid soap and pour it into small soaps. You can also save extra for use later. To get rid of some of the bubbles that may form when stirring, pouring, etc., you can spray some rubbing alcohol after you pour the soap.

Step 5: Leave the soap in the mold for about an hour or two. Time depends on size of mold used and heat of soap poured. Flip mold over and gently push soap out. If using clear plastic mold you should be able to see the air slowly come into mold as the soap is released. Do not put soap in fridge or freezer to help in removing unless extremely necessary, as it weakens plastic molds and allows condensation to form on soap minimizing life of soap. You now have created your very own special soap.

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      soap making kits  7 years ago

      You not going to believe this but I have lost all day searching for some articles about this. I wish I knew of this site earlier, it was a fantastic read about easy soap making and really helped me out.

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      SANDY66PALMA 8 years ago

      Thanks, I think Iunderstood this article more than the magazine I bought. please send more pictures of very special soaps and original designs.

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      guitargal32 10 years ago

      Thanks for the article. I need to make soap for my neighbors' daughters for a project. This will really come in handy! Thanks again! ;P