How to Make a Homemade Soap Dish

When you start a soap making business, you are likely to be focused on your soap products. You have to figure out which recipes you will be using, what colors and fragrances you will be adding to each recipe, how long it will take before you have ready to use soap (taking into account curing time), how often you have to make soap in order to keep supplies up, what packaging you will need, and all the other little details that you need to know when making money from soap. Focusing on the main product is the natural and correct course of action. After all, your business is to sell soap!

After having focused on the main product, and perhaps after having successfully sold it for some time, many soap makers find that they need to add something to their business' repertoire. Many times, soap makers choose to try out new recipes so that they can add new products to their product lists, like bath bombs and liquid soaps. These are great additions to your company''s products, and are definitely a good form of “expansion” for your soap business.

However, what if you don't want to create a new product just yet? Or perhaps you are trying to find a unique way to package your soap? Or maybe an occasion like Christmas is coming up, and you would like to market your soap by having a “freebie” attached to it. Why not create a homemade soap dish? Creating a homemade soap dish helps you create a new product still related to soap making. This homemade soap dish can be part of your soap's packaging or it can just be another product that you sell.

Trust that everyone needs a soap dish. Though many bathrooms already have installed soap dishes in their shower areas, some do not. Also, most sinks (both kitchen and bathroom) do not have soap dishes. To create a homemade soap dish you will need the following tools:

  • 1 piece of hardwood about 4 1/2 inches long and 3 1/2 inches wide and 3/4 of an inch high
  • 5 pieces of sandpaper
  • wood chisel (1/2 inch wide)
  • electric drill
  • hammer
  • wood finish/ varnish

  1. If you need to saw or cut your hardwood into those specific dimensions, do so before beginning.

  2. Once you have your piece of hardwood, take your wood chisel and your hammer. Position the hardwood so that the width side faces you.

  3. Take your chisel and position it 1/2 an inch from the edge of your piece of hardwood. Chisel out a groove that spans the length of the wood piece.

  4. Once this is done, measure out 1/2 inch from the edge of your groove and create another one.

    Continue in this process till you have about 3 or 4 grooves on the wooden piece and 3 or 4 plateaus or higher sections of wood separating the grooves. These grooves will keep your soap from sticking to the wood entirely, and it also lets the soap drip dry.

  5. Take your drill, and drill three holes along the plateaus of the wood piece. Again, these will help your soap drip dry.

  6. Take your pieces of sandpaper and begin smoothening out the sides of your wood piece. Sand out the bottom, the places on top of the grooves and in between the grooves as well. Make sure you have a completely smooth piece of wood.

  7. Varnish your wood with some wood varnish, or if you used a particularly nice piece of wood, you may leave it as is.

You're done! This fairly simple process of making a homemade soap dish can be done by you or by a family member who is good at wood works. It's a pretty easy project and really makes for a great addition to your products. If you'd like, you can further decorate your wooden soap dishes by painting designs on them. Just make sure you use non-toxic paint so that it doesn't pose any potential harm to your soap. You can also choose to make zig-zag grooves instead of straight one for added flair.

Many soap makers choose to set their soaps on the dishes already, and then wrap the entire thing (dish and soap) in some clear plastic wrap so that customers can see that they are buying soap that comes with a unique and useful wooden soap dish as well. Some places sell a wooden soap dish for up to $13! Find out how much it cost you to make the dish, and you can add that price to your soap product or simply sell the dish on its own!