Do you remember the old soap on a rope? Once upon a time they were all the rage. You never had to worry about having a gooey mess on the corner of the tub when you used a soap on a rope. They could be hung up to dry and used many times. Eventually, though, the soap would break free of the rope but you could continue to use it until it was gone.
Although you really don’t see those soap on a rope items anymore they’re still very handy. A fabulous gift or soap for members in your own family, the rope soap is quite easy to make. Men especially like the rope soaps but they’re also great for little kids.
Choose the rope you want to use for the project. It should be a soft rope, not too large in diameter, and can be virtually any color. Cut the rope to the length you want it to be then tie the ends in a knot. Trim away any excess roping. Set the rope necklace aside for the moment.
Leftover pieces of soap are ideal for making a soap on a rope. The bits and pieces can be recycled into something new and wonderful! You can also use pieces of soap from a thin, small bar, like those found at hotels. Cut the soaps into small pieces and place a half-cup of them in the blender.
Choose oatmeal or cornmeal as an additive to your soap. The oatmeal makes a great soap for irritated or oily skin and works well for bathing when a person has come in contact with poison ivy or oak. The cornmeal additive works as a pumice soap for scrubbing greasy hands or invigorating the body. Whichever of these you choose, place a half-cup of it in the blender, and mix it with the soap pieces. After blending a minute, switch to “pulse” and pulse until the soap mixture is very fine.
Pour the dry mixture from the blender to a large bowl. Add a half-tablespoon of water and a half-tablespoon of vegetable oil. Use your hands to blend the ingredients and begin shaping a ball. Roll the mixture between the palms of your hands to form the perfect ball.
Push a finger into one side of the ball to make a bowl-shaped indentation. Make the indentation an inch or so deep. Position the knot of the rope in the hole. Push the sides of the soap up and around it to conceal the knot completely. Now simply allow the soap to sit somewhere and harden. Do not hang the soap as it hardens. It will take about 24 hours for the soap to be ready to use.