Melted bar soap has many uses! Melted bar soap can be an alternative to liquid hand soap and other bathroom amenities. By melting the leftover bar soap, you can make your own liquid soap! The method below contains a guide for melting bar soap so that it can be used for your needs.
Method 1 of 3: Melting Bar Soap on the Stove
Step 1. Collect the remaining bar soap
Collect at least 100 grams of bar soap residue. Most bar soaps generally weigh 100 grams. You can also use a bar of soap that is still intact. Bar soap that is still intact or that is not intact you can use.
Step 2. Grate the soap with a cheese grater
A metal, four-sided cheese grater is a good choice. Alternatively, you can also use a handheld cheese grater. The purpose of this step is to grate the large pieces of soap to make it easier to melt.
Potato peelers can be used as an alternative if you don't have a cheese grater
Step 3. Heat a piece of soap with 8-9 cups of plain water in a saucepan
Turn the stove on to low or medium heat, then allow the pieces of soap to melt. If you want to make a thick soap, don't add too much water. The more water you use, the more liquid the soap will be.
If you still want to use the pot for cooking after melting the soap and are afraid the soap will contaminate your food, it's a good idea to use an unused pan to melt the soap. Alternatively, you can also buy used pots at a thrift store
Step 4. Remove the soap from the pan
Leave the soap on for 12-24 hours. The soap will thicken after leaving it overnight. If the consistency of the soap is not what you want, you can reheat it until you are satisfied with the result.
If you're not sure about the consistency of the soap, use a stirrer or blender to stir the soap
Method 2 of 3: Melting Soap in the Microwave
Step 1. Cut the soap into small cubes and put it in a glass bowl
Use a glass bowl instead of a plastic bowl. Plastic bowls can remove soap fragrance.
- If you want to make bar soap, make sure the amount of soap used is in accordance with the mold.
- If you want to know the size of the mold, fill it with water and then put it in a measuring cup.
- Use soap that is 30 grams more than the mold dose.
Step 2. Cover the bowl with plastic and put it in the microwave
Covering the bowl with plastic can help protect the soap from moisture. Heat the soap 30 seconds apart.
Make sure the soap is not too hot so it doesn't spoil
Step 3. Stir to make sure the soap is completely liquid
Check for soap clumps. If it's still not completely liquid, cover the bowl again and place it in the microwave for 30 seconds.
Method 3 of 3: Melting Soap with Boiling Water
Step 1. Grate the soap with a cheese grater
You can also use a potato peeler. Grate the soap can help it melt faster.
Alternatively, if you want to melt a large amount of soap, cut it into small cubes
Step 2. Fill a pot with water and bring it to a boil
A double boiler is a good option if you have one. You can also use a regular pan.
Step 3. Place a grater or piece of soap into a glass bowl
Place the bowl over a double boiler or saucepan. The heat from the boiling water will melt the soap.
If using goat's milk soap, adding 1 tablespoon of water for every 2 cups of soap can help stick the pieces of soap together
Step 4. Stir the soap every few minutes
Stir the soap regularly until the pieces start to melt. However, don't stir the soap too often or too quickly, as this will cause bubbles to form. Instead, stir the soap every few minutes.
If the soap pieces don't melt and stick, add 1-3 tablespoons of water periodically
Step 5. Remove the soap from the pan when the texture has softened
Remember, soap will not be completely gentle. The soap may be slightly textured.