How to soften a soap?


a soft and a hard soap
Soft and moist soap bars are recommended for soap carving. However, it's hard to tell if the soap is soft or not when we purchase the soap. If you have hard and dry soap, please try to soften the soap. I show you how to do so with the help of microwave oven. It is the best for the slightly dry soaps.
cracked pattern
This soap was moderately hard and I barely could carve simple patterns on it.
dry and hard soap
Bottom right: Softened soap
Bottom left: Dry and hard soap

What you will need

  • Dry and hard soap
  • Dish cloth (35 cm (13.8") x 30 cm (11.8))
    Note: I used a disposable dish cloth as shown in the picture, but you can use cloth of any other kind, except for fluffy cloths, since they may get moldy. If you want to use a disposable cloth, wash it well to prevent color transfer to soap.
  • Microwave
  • water

Instruction video

Note: instructions on how to soften soap are shown from 2:45.


1. Wet the cloth with water and lightly wring the cloth.
step 1
2. Wrap the soap in the wet cloth.
step 2
3. Warm it in the microwave for about 20 seconds. Remember to set the power to 500 W. If the soap has become hard again, warm it again. Do not warm the soap too many times to prevent making it harder.
step 3
4. Finally, soap became suitable for carving!
step 4