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Hanging Soap on a Rope

All too many pretty, fragrant soap bars meet their fate in a slimy dish. Clean up your act with these hanging homemade bar soaps—a new take on an old-fashioned invention. The cord lets the bars dry out between uses, helping them stay firm and bacteria-free.

hanging soap on a rope

Photography: Wendell T. Webber

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July 2001


Take this "Good Thing" to another level by whipping up a batch of your own homemade bar soap (choose from our fragrant varieties: lavender, fresh grass, and floral). This makes a handy addition to your outdoor shower (from the beach, lakefront, or poolside) in the summertime. (No one wants to chase an errant soap shard.)


For more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of Soap-Making Projects and Ideas.


  • Bar soap

  • Cotton rope

  • Apple corer

  • Scissors


  1. Twist an apple corer lengthwise through a favorite bar of mild, unscented soap that will suit everybody.

    making soap on a rope
  2. Fold a 3-foot length of cotton rope in half, and push both ends through the hole; tie a square knot at the bottom of the soap, and hang it in the shower. 

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