How to Make Soap

Making homemade soaps is a fun activity for the whole family – these also provide a chance for kids to use their creativity and imagination.  Homemade soaps make great gifts too!

Soap making is not as difficult as you think.  But it is important that adults should supervise kids if they decide to do this activity.  Soap is the outcome of  mixing fats with a caustic agent like lye together with water as the catalyst.

Things you need:

  • 32 onces water
  • 11.2 ounce lye
  • 3 pounds lard
  • 1 lb coconut oil
  • 1 lb. olive oil
  • 1.5 ounce fragrance
  • 1 ounce coloring dye (optional)
  • weighing scale
  • Enamel or stainless steel pot
  • Plastic container with lid
  • Stick blender
  • Stainless steel or plastic spoon
  • Thermometer
  • Plastic molds
  • Rubber gloves
  • Goggles
  • Thick apron

The process:

Before you begin, make sure you put on your goggles, apron and gloves.

  1. Place the plastic container on the scale.
  2. Add water into the container then mix carefully in lye in 1 is to 3 ratios. For instance, for 10 ounces of lye, you will need 30 ounces of water. Keep in mind, add lye to the water. Becuse lye gives off a lot of fumes and heat, it is recommended to do your mixing in an open area. 
  3. Let the water and lye mixture cool down, ideally for 1 day.   
  4. Measure the oils and lard then pour them into an enamel or stainless steel container.
  5. Heat the container on the stove slowly until lard melts and create an even mixture.
  6. Stir the mixture gently and with the thermometer, check if the mixture has reached between 120 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit.
  7. Take the lye mixture and add in the fats and oils mixture slowly and carefully, mixting while pouring. 
  8. Stir them together using a spoon and a stick blender alternately. For instance, mix with spoon for 30minutes then mix with blender for 30 minutes. The texture will change in five minutes – will become more opaque and thicker.
  9. Add in one ounce coloring dye and fragrance.
  10. Immediately pour your liquid soap mixture into plastic molds and let it cool down, ideally for 24 hours.
  11. You can mix in anything you want like rolled oats and grated lemon peel which will be great for oily skin or mashed papaya fruit wich is great for removing skin blemishes.
  12. Remove from molds and there you have it! Soaps that you can use or give as presents or match with your bathroom decore.

If you enjoyed the process so much, you can even make homemade soaps and sell them for profit!  Visit soap-making-success.com and learn in easy step-by-step instructions how to make homemade bath products using a variety of different methods including melt and pour, microwave method, cold and hot process methods.

This site even shares with you the cheapest sources for those hard to find supplies - so you won't waste time looking for the materials you'll need and especially if you want to sell your soaps, you won’t waste money by purchasing your supplies at expensive craft stores so your soaps will be reasonably priced!



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