How To Soften Hard Soap 

                            

    

Soft and moist soap bars are recommended for

soap carving.

But it's hard to tell if the soap is soft or not when we

purchase the soap.

If you have hard and dry soap,please try to soften the soap.

I will show you two ways how to soften hard soaps easily.


Part 1: Method when your soap is a little dry

Part 2: Method when your soap is extremely dry

          without a microwave. (from 5:45〜)



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  WHAT YOU WILL NEED     

   


Dry and hard soap
Plastic food wrap
Dish cloth
: This blue dish cloth is about 35 x 30 cm.
: I used a disposable dish cloth as shown in the picture,
  but you can use any cloth you like except fluffy cloths.
: If you use a disposable cloth,wash the cloth well
  to prevent color transfer to the soap.

microwave
: If you don't have a microwave,please see the Part 2.
  I also show how to soften the soap without a microwave.

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  Part 1

: How to soften soap that is a bit hard and dry.

(in the first half of the video)



 

I just barely carved simple patterns in this soap.

 


1. Water and dish cloth

  

2. Wet the cloth with water then lightly wring the cloth.

  


3. Wrap the soap in the wet cloth.

   

     

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4.Warm it in the microwave for about 20 seconds

  (500 watt)  

  Don't warm it too long or the soap will burst.

   

5. Then I carved a rose in the soap.

     

If the soap has become hard again,warm it

again in the microwave.

But don't warm the soap too many times or it will

be more hard instead.

Finally I was able to carve a rose in the soap.

  


Bottom right : Softened soap

Bottom left : Dry and hard soap 

 

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  Part  2

: How to soften soap that is extremely dry

 without a microwave

(in the second half of the video,from 5:45〜)



I used an extremely hard and dry soap.

80g (3 oz) in weight, 2.5 cm(1") in thickness


I was not able to carve anything in this soap.


  

Use a dish cloth,water and plastic food wrap.

Note : Dish cloths made of synthetic fibers like viscose

or polyester are recommended.


(You can use a cotton dish cloth,but take the soap

out of the wet dish cloth within a week.

Because a cotton cloth might get moldy.)


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1.In the same way as Part 1,wet the cloth with water

then lightly wring the cloth.

Wrap the soap in the wet cloth.

   


2.Wrap the soap and the wet cloth in the plastic

food wrap.

   


3.Wrap the soap and the wet cloth in the plastic

food wrap twice.

   


   


Then leave it at room temperature.

After about five to seven days, you can carve the soap.

  

If the soap is extremely dry, left it for at least a week

or more.

I have left it for about three weeks,and it worked well.


If you soften the soap faster, warm the soap in the

microwave, too.(in the same way as Part 1)

  .

 Finally I was able to carve a rose in the soap!


 

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About handmade soap carving 


Generally, handmade soap (such as cold process soap)

is pretty dry and hard.

Freshly made soap is left to dry well because moist soap

will not last .

And it takes about 6 weeks for saponification to complete,

then no lye(sodium hydroxide) will remain in the soap.

Finally we can use handmade soap safely.


However, I like handmade soap.

So I purchased handmade soap,and softened it to carve.


1.Aleppo soap

    

Aleppo soap is made with 100% natural products.

Aleppo soap contrains a lot of glycerin, so it is hard

to break.


2.Marseille soap

   

Savon de Marseille is a traditional French soap

made from 100% natural ingredients.


I wrapped the Aleppo soap in a wet dish cloth,and

warm it up in a microwave.↓

And I wrapped the Marseille soap in a wet dish cloth

and plastic food wrap,then left it for a week.

But the Marseille soap became too soft.

It's better not to left the soap in a wet cloth for many days.

 

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