Before there were nylon scrubbies, sponges, shower poufs, or loofahs, people used felted soap. I’ve talked about “felting” before when I showed you how to make your own Wool Dryer Balls. I personally am fascinated by this age-old practice so when I heard about felted soap I couldn’t wait to try it!
Basically felted soap is a bar of soap, with wool felted over the surface. The soap suds come through the wool as you lather up and the felting is naturally exfoliating. A washcloth & soap in one!
The wool also makes the soap less slippery – no more flying bars of soap; is naturally anti-fungal & anti-bacterial – stays fresher; and felted soap lasts a lot longer than your typical bar of soap – saving money!
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In addition to all these great qualities of felted soap…it’s just plain fun to make! It doesn’t require any special equipment and makes a unique and beautiful gift for friends and family! And of course you’ll want to keep a few around your house as well. ;-)
How To Make Felted Soap
To make felted soap, you’ll obviously need a bar of soap to start. I found this really great coconut oil castile soap at my local grocery store, but you could also use homemade soap if you already have some on hand! (Get the full instructions on how to make your own homemade soap here.)
The only other supply you’ll need is some wool roving. This one may be a bit trickier to find, or at least it was for me! I went to two different craft stores and couldn’t find any wool roving. I ended up ordering this gorgeous pack of wool on Amazon. It worked perfectly for this project, and I ended up having plenty of wool left over to make more felted soap! :-)
Start by taking some of your wool and wrapping it tightly around your bar of soap. Once it is covered in one direction, wrap more wool around the bar going the other way, so that all the sides are completely covered.
Tuck the end of the wool into itself somewhere so that it stays put.
At this point, you can choose to add a little decorative flair by layering a second color of wool on top. I used the lighter colored wool to wrap the bar like a present.
Once you’re satisfied with how it looks, fill a small bowl with hot water and sprinkle the water onto the wool a little bit at a time. You want to sprinkle the water, rather than dunk the whole thing, because the wool will just fall off that way.
Keep sprinkling water onto the wool until it is saturated all over. Squeeze the bar gently while adding more water, which will make the bar foamy and slippery. Continue rubbing and squeezing the bar of soap, adding more hot water occasionally.
Keep rubbing the wool until it tightens around the soap. It may take 10-12 minutes….but eventually the wool will tighten and form a casing around the soap.
To test it out, try dipping it in the bowl of water. If it seems a little fluffy, rub it some more.
When it is snug around the bar of soap, run the bar of soap under cold water to tighten the wool, and then pat it dry with a washcloth. Allow the soap to air dry completely, then it’s ready to use!
We have loved using this bar of soap at our kitchen sink….I can’t wait to make more for the bathroom sinks!
Have you ever tried felting soap (or anything else?)