I’ve talked a lot about how to make your own handmade cold process soap and have even shared a collection of handmade soap recipes that you can try. What I haven’t really covered though are soapmaking molds.
If you’re making your own soapmaking molds to save money, I’ve found that the easiest molds to make are wooden, rectangular soap molds. They’re inexpensive to craft, easy to duplicate, and easy to make if you have the right tools. Lowe’s shares an excellent tutorial on their website on how to make wooden loaf soap molds for your cold process soaps. If you don’t own an electric saw and are unable to borrow one – or find someone to make these molds for you – you can make them yourself using a basic handsaw and a miter box. You’ll also need sandpaper, clamps, glue, screws and a drill. My ex-husband and my dad both made soap molds for me very similar to the one pictured above. However, in lieu of a lid for my mold, I simply cover my mold of freshly poured soap with cardboard cut to fit on the top. It serves the same purpose. If you’re interested in a step by step photo tutorial of the soapmaking process, be sure to check out my blog post on How to Make Soap (In Pictures!)
Lowe’s also offers instructions on making a round pvc pipe soap mold. I haven’t personally tried this one myself, but have heard the soap can be difficult to remove after. A quick pop in the freezer generally makes the soap easier to remove from a round pvc pipe mold, and it does help to have a plunger of some kind to help push the soap through and out of the mold. However, Lowe’s does suggest lining the round soap molds with parchment which would ease in soap removal.
Update: The links for making your own soap molds via instructions from Lowe’s are no longer available on their website. No worries, you can still find out how to make a basic wooden loaf mold via my own instructions and measurements found here!
If you make soap, what is your favorite type of soapmaking mold to use? Do you have any tips on making the soapmaking process faster and easier? I’d love to hear your tips!