Felted Soap Tutorial

***Disclosure – This post contains affiliate links. If you click on a link and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission at no cost to you.***         Once upon a time, there was a crafter who was scrolling aimlessly through Pinterest.  Just as this crafter was about to nod off into a deep sleep,  something caught her eye.  Felted soap.  Now, she had heard of felted balls and felted animals, but what on earth could felted soap be?  These two things, felting wool and soap, seemed to have nothing to do with each other.  Intrigued, she read on.

Ok, sorry, I can’t keep up the fairy tale shtick.   The pin I found was from DIY Show Off, a great blog that I may have gotten lost in for a few hours… It’s a very interesting concept.  You can take a normal bar of soap, whatever brand you choose, and essentially wrap it in felted wool and you have a bar of soap wrapped in a cozy wool exfoliating cloth.  I was sort of skeptical about the potential for yucky stuff like mold and bacteria, but I’ve learned through internet research that wool has natural antibacterial qualities that help keep it yuck free.  Feeling that I could at least be confident that this would be less gross than using a loofah, I decided to give it a try.

 

Materials:

Bar of soap

Roving wool (I bought mine from Amazon and this is the third project I’ve used it on and I still have more!)

 

A pair of nylons or knee highs

Step 1

Separate your roving wool  into strips of various colors.  I made one with blue and purple wool and one with green, yellow and blue.  Some of the steps are photographed with the blue and purple and others are the green, yellow and blue.

strips of roving wool

Step 2.

Wrap the soap vertically and then horizontally with the roving wool.  Wrap it tightly with as little overlap as possible.

wrapped soap (1)

 

Step 3.

Snip off the foot end of the nylon and put the soap inside the nylon and tie the end you cut off.

soap in a nylon

Step 4.

Massage the nylon covered, felt covered soap with warm water for 10-15 minutes until the felt has shrunk around the soap.  Basically, you are going to wash your hands with the nylon felt soap for probably 10 minutes.  Make sure you massage the corners and sides of the soap.  The water should be as warm as you can take it without it being too hot to keep your hands under it.  I like the felted soap, but it’s not worth scalded skin, so not too hot.

Step 5.

Remove the felted soap from the nylon and blot off any excess suds and allow to dry.  I left mine on a paper towel over night to let it dry out completely.

purple and blue felted soap

I love the colors of this purple and blue soap.  So pretty.  And beyond the prettiness, I have enjoyed using it the past couple of weeks.  First of all, it completely mitigates the problem of dropping slippery soap.  The wool is sort of cozy, if there can be anything cozy in the shower.  You do have to lather it up a bit, but it’s soft and not itchy to scrub with.  I do try to allow it to dry in between showers, but so far, there has been zero yuck factor!

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