Soap Making Molds – you can use just about anything

Silcone Soap Mold

Silicone Soap Mold

You can use just about anything for a soap making mold, just as long as you can pour and release your soap.  A simple mold would be a lined cardboard box.

But without a doubt you will need to decide what your going to be pouring the soap into before starting out.

Soap molds come in all kinds of shapes and sizes so if your plan is to turn this hobby into a small or large business doing Craft Fairs, festivals, gift shows and selling to retail stores, then you will want to consider the size and shape of the bars you want to sell, and how many you will want to make per batch.

No matter what you use for a mold, make sure it is strong enough to hold your soap and flexible enough to remove your soap or lined.

Some things you may want to try for molds are:

Rubbermaid containers

soap molds

Rubber Maid Containers

These containers are relatively inexpensive and can be used over and over again, they are flexible so releasing the soap should not be a problem.

They come in many different sizes, so you can choose the size that best fits the soap your are making.

For the first time soap maker these can work well when learning how to make soap


Silicone Molds

Silicone Soap Molds

These are available from most soap suppliers and can be purchased through Amazon.

They are becoming more popular with Soap Makers.

These molds are better for  melt and pour soap, with cold process soap making the soap often has to sit for a week or so to get hard enough to be able to remove from the molds.


Bread Pans

Bread Pans

You probably have some old bread pans in your kitchen, or can find some at the local second hand store.

Bread pans are easy to line and once the soap has been poured and set, just flip them upside down and your soap will fall out.

I would recommend lining them with brown meat wrapping paper.

Wooden Molds

Wooden Molds

Wooden soap molds can be an old dresser drawer or a custom made mold.

Take into consideration the amount of soap you would like to make, depending on the size of a drawer, it can hold a lot of soap.

Wooden molds should be lined.

Drawer Organizers

Drawer Organizers

Drawer organizers can be used as well – they are pretty inexpensive – most dollar stores carry some kind of drawer organizer.

The down side would be the height of them, some are not more than 2 inches high, so it would depend on how big you want your bar of soap.


When choosing your soap molds think about the size of bar your want to create and how you are going to cut it. Remember if your molds are not completely square neither will your soap be, so to save yourself a lot of time trimming your bars keep this in mind.

Most soaps are at least 2 ½ inches tall and usually around 3 inches in length and ¾ to 1 inch thick.

Happy Soaping

How to Line a Soap Mold

Learn how to Line a Soap Mold

Cold Process Soap Making

How to make Cold Process Soap

soap colors

Ideas on how to color your soap


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6 Responses to Soap Making Molds – you can use just about anything

  1. kemdi21 says:

    Nice post. Making my own soap is something I’ve always aspired to do so getting a soap mold now wont be a bad idea. I love the way you describe the various soap molds that can be used & its great to know that amazon offers different varieties at amazing prices.

    Thanks so much for sharing!! 

    • Tes says:

      Thanks, there really is no end to the kinds of soap molds you can use and Amazon is a great place to have a look around.  From small to large and lovely patterns they have it all.  Enjoy.

  2. Christine says:

    Very interesting information on soap making mold. I thought we need to use special molds for soap making. It is nice that we can use any containers or trays to use as molds 🙂

    Personally I like the silicon mold. We can have many different patterns and designs.

    I’m excited to try making my own soap 🙂

    Thank you and I will be back for more information on making soap.

    • Tes says:

      Hi Christine, yes when I first started making soap I used an old dresser drawer as a mold.  It worked will and that was before the silicon molds.  They are great.  

      Have fun making soap and be sure to let us know all about it.  Happy Soaping

  3. andrejs says:

    The really cool idea for making homemade soap for oncoming Halloween and Christmas. I never thought about it. For children, this could be a great way to entertain instead of browsing iPads or smartphones. I checked out Amazon and was surprised how many different soap molds available. Thanks for the great idea.

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