When my husband and I first decided that we were going to try to live a more earth friendly life, we started with our personal care items. We found something called a soap bag, or soap saver. It is essentially a cotton knit or crocheted bag that you put your soap in and use as a washcloth with the soap in it. It really does help the soap last longer and this one feels super good on your skin.
I made a couple of them. One is a little bigger than the other because the soap my husband uses is smaller than the soap I use and I wanted to make sure it was big enough for mine. This pattern is pretty easy to follow and I think it makes a beautiful soap bag/saver. If you’re not a fan of the bumps, they do have a variation that is simply the backside of this pattern, so you don’t have the bumps on it. Below is the backside of the bags that I made. I like this pattern because it has both a softer side and a more scrubby side, so it’s kind of the best of both worlds.
Most people I saw just used the drawstring to tie in a bow to keep the soap in, but I tied mine with an overhand knot so that it can be used to hang the bag/saver in the shower while it keeps the soap in. It’s up to you how you want to use it. I used a U.S. size F hook to make the drawstring so that it would slide easier. This is something that I did, the pattern doesn’t call for it, but I found it was easier that way. If you want the longer drawstring, then you will need to do a chain of at least 90, but if you want the shorter, you will need to do a chain of around 70, with the F size hook.