How to cut homemade soap into bars

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How to cut homemade soap into bars
Cut handmade lavender soap into even, individual bars. (Lavender Soap image by Andreja Donko from

Homemade soap makes a luxurious and sweet-smelling gift or treat for your own shower or bath. Customise the handmade soap using a variety of essential oils, such as rose, lemon or lavender. You can also make soaps using ingredients that are found in your kitchen, such as oatmeal, ground nuts, milk and honey. After making a smooth loaf of soap and allowing it to cure for the appropriate amount of time, pop it out of its mould and cut it into individual bars.

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Things you need

  • Cutting board
  • Knife with a wide, sharp blade

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  1. 1

    Place the soap loaf on a wooden cutting board.

  2. 2

    Warm the blade of a wide, sharp knife by dipping it into a bowl of hot water to make smoother cuts.

  3. 3

    Score the soap by making little cuts with the knife to indicate how wide each bar will be. Use a ruler to create precise measurements.

  4. 4

    Position the knife evenly across the top of the soap loaf. Push the knife straight down into the soap. Press down on the top of the blade tip with the hand that isn't holding the blade as leverage. Avoid moving the knife back and forth, which may cause the soap to crumble. Slice the entire soap loaf into bars following the scored cuts.

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