Learning how to make homemade soap can be good clean fun and a great experience! You will be gaining the knowledge our previous generations couldn’t live without. Well they could but they weren’t very popular when going to town.
Besides being fun, making your soap at home can provide many benefits to your skin. Most of our commercially bought soaps can leave your skin dry and itchy due to the harsh chemicals they use. Making our soaps at home allows us to control exactly what goes into it, so we know what our family is using day after day on there sensitive skin.
What’s Needed to Make Homemade Soap:
Materials will very from recipe to recipe, below are the commonly used components we recommend so you can begin putting together your soap making kit.
- Soap Molds
- Soap Coloring (optional)
- Soap Fragrance (optional) -
- Essential Oils – Learn how to make essential oils at www.makeessentialoils.net
- Distilled Water
- Olive Oil
- Coconut Oil (optional)
- Other Oils (optional)
- Lye – Please read the handling instruction or material data safety sheet before using, this material can be extremely dangerous!
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
- Glass or Plastic bowls
- Stainless steel or enamel pot for mixing. Never use aluminum with lye.
- Stirring Spoons
- Rubber Spatulas
- Candy Thermometer
- Safety Equipment – Rubber gloves and safety goggles.
Steps to Make Homemade Soap:
- Properly weigh out water, oil and additives if any.
- Pour your distilled water into glass bowl. Add lye while stirring constantly. This process will create heat and fumes, please be careful and preform this step in a well ventilated area.
- Set lye and water mixture aside to cool.
- Once mixture has cooled to the point the glass bowl is just warm, add Olive Oil.
- Pour your olive oil into a large mixing pot and heat on stove to approximately 100 °Fahrenheit
- Pour the lye-water mixture into the heated oil in your large mixing pot. Continually stir with spatula.
- Continue stirring mixture until pudding-like consistency.
- Pour your soap mixture into mold and cover.
- Allow to properly cool
- Separate soup from mold
- Cut into desired sizes
- Allow to cure for three to four weeks. Good things take time.
Take a look at our soap making tips if you haven’t already. We outline the basic safety and time saving tips.
That’s all there is to it! Stay tuned as we provide detail recipes with measuring a yield info in the upcoming articles. We will also provide ideas for adding natural additives to your soap making it just that more special. In the meantime, gather your supplies and make your own soap making kit. Feel free to leave comment if you have questions or we have left anything out.