Want to learn how to crochet a soap saver? If you make or use handmade soap, you probably know that the good stuff can disappear quicker than store-bought soap. With a soap saver, the precious soap cake can last longer, all while removing the possibility of gummy soap trays. No matter how long we cure a piece of homemade soap, there is always a risk of quick deterioration when the soap sits in water for a long period. This is just the nature of fresh ingredients.
Why use a crochet soap saver?
To keep soap fresh, free of the gumminess, and longer lasting, keep the soap in a cotton cloth saver and allow to air dry between uses. This will truly make using the soap a lot more enjoyable. Before I made the switch to handmade soap for body wash, I loved using a loofah for extra exfoliation. With bar soap, this can be tricky unless we had some type of natural exfoliant mixed in the soap batch. A cotton soap saver can behave as a loofah, all while saving more soap in the long run. Do away with the plastic loofah and try this instead!
The amount of suds that you get from a homemade bar of soap can vary. However, since using this crochet soap saver, I’ve noticed a beautiful lather that will still seep gently through the cotton layers. Overall, I don’t find it affects the soap bar characteristics.
Cleaning the soap saver is a breeze too. Once a week (more or less of you prefer) remove the soap bar and give it a quick hand wash in warm water and then leave to air dry. Although the cotton is soaked in soap anyway, I do like to give it a routine gentle wash.
Pictured above is my favorite light scented lavender body bar. Bar size is 1 x 2 x 3.5 inches.
The soap saver project
I made the soap saver of mercerized cotton. Mercerized cotton is a superb choice because it can withstand continuous abuse and will last a long time, all while providing gentle exfoliation. For example, mercerized cotton is typically used for making washcloths, dishcloths, and other kitchen or bath products you may purchase from the home section of your favorite store. The soap saver acts as a washcloth, giving you the best of both worlds by adding your favorite homemade soap.
For this lovely project, you will need very basic crochet skills and the tools below. This pattern will make a product approximately 3 in x 4.5 in. If you prefer a looser cloth around the soap, alter the pattern by working more into the foundation chain.
- 100% mercerized cotton in two colors
- Gauge 1 or super fine
- D-3, 3.5mm or 3.25mm hook
- Tapestry needle
*The colors pictured are labeled as Maize and Warm Teal.
*Working time: approx. 2 hours
Crochet Pattern Instructions
- Work 20 ch
- Work 1 dc into third ch from the hook, then work 1 dc into each st to the end (17 sts)
- Continue working 1 dc into each st on the backside of the foundation chain to the end
- Begin working in rounds until desired height (approx. 12 rows total)
- End with a ss
Soap Saver Tie
- Work approx. 40 ch
- Fasten off end
- Weave through top row
- Tie ends together and add bead
- Fasten bead
- Ch = Chain
- DC = Double Crochet
- St = Stitch
- Ss = Slip Stitch
Do you prefer to crochet or knit? This project can be converted to a knitter’s preference.
I love to make handmade soap to fill these lovely soap savers. A recent family favorite is our Cold Process Charcoal Soap. Be sure to give that a try if you love natural colorants.