Let’s face it: you touch a lot of dirty surfaces all day long. It’s important to make sure your hands are clean, but store-bought soaps often seem to flaunt their unique fragrances over their all-around effectiveness. Wouldn’t it be nice to find a soap that both works well and smells great?
Thanks to one crafty person, you can! It’s actually really easy to make your very own DIY soap in your own kitchen. All you need to do is follow this simple step-by-step guide, and you’ll never have to spend money on bad soap ever again!
It’s a dirty, grimy world out there, and frequently washing your hands is essential to staying healthy and keeping germs at bay. Unfortunately, today’s soaps seem to focus on fragrance over effectiveness. Thankfully, there’s a way to make your own soap at home—and it’ll save you a ton of money to boot!
One very crafty person discovered this method that’s not only easy and cost-effective, but you can make it in the comfort of your own home. First, you’ll need a jar of animal fat. Goose fat in particular has the highest quality and yields the best results.
Next, you’ll need some alkali powder, safety glasses, gloves, and a breathing mask. You’ll want to be careful to not let the alkali touch your skin. If it does, simply use a mixture of water and vinegar to wash it off.
You’ll also need a few specific tools to properly make your DIY soap. First, grab a wooden spoon. (Make sure it’s not metal, as it can oxidize in the solution.) You’ll also need a thermometer on hand.
Because each bar of soap needs to be measured exactly, you’ll want to be sure you have an accurate scale available. You’ll also need a silicone mold, which you’ll use to give your soap its shape!
Place the goose fat (or whichever fat you’re using) into an enamel pot and set it over medium heat. With your wooden spoon, start gently folding the fat over itself until it becomes a liquid.
Next, you should consult a soap calculator so you can properly add the correct amount of ingredients to your mixture (depending on the type of soap you want to make). This will help you determine the ratio between your water, fat, and acids.
You’ll also need to consult the soap calculator to make your alkali solution. It’s best to do this step near an open window or outdoors. Be sure to wear your glasses, gloves, and breathing mask—safety comes first!
Now pour the alkali into your water, which should be in an enamel pan or heat-resistant glass. Mix them thoroughly—and be very careful all the while, as this solution will be very hot.
Once the solution is completely mixed, you’ll want to let it cool before you continue. Your goal is to cool the mixture down to roughly 100 degrees Fahrenheit (or 40 degrees Celsius).
Both your alkali mixture and animal fat should be the same temperature—100 degrees. Once their temperatures match, use a sieve to pour your alkali mixture into your pot of animal fat.
Once these are combined, continue stirring for several minutes to be sure that the solution is properly mixed. At this point, you’ll notice the color of the fat start to change. That’s totally normal!
Now it’s time to improvise and make your soap whatever you want it to be. The creator of this project suggested using a combination of both fragrant and healing herbs, like thyme.
You’ll want to be careful at this stage, as it can be incredibly easy to overdo it with the herbs. It’s best to add too little, rather than too much—you can always increase the fragrance later. Once you’ve added the right amount of fragrance, grab your blender.
Turn your blender on the lowest possible setting; you only want to begin the process of mixing the herbs with the mixture. Then, once they start to blend together, you can turn up the speed. Continue blending until everything is completely combined.
Don’t worry if your mixture is fairly thick; that’s the way you want it to be! Grab your silicone molding pans and carefully pour your concoction into them, being sure to fill them to your desired size.
You can also use your creative license here to use whatever kind of mold you want. Some people even pour their mixtures into a large wooden box so they can use a knife to cut bars each time they want a new one! If you go this route, make sure you line the box with cling wrap.
Once the soap mixture is poured, cover them with cling wrap and leave them in an open and airy area. You don’t want to place them in the fridge—the idea is to cool them down gradually.
Let the soap mixture cool until the following day. Now it’s time to unwrap your soap! Carefully remove the cling wrap—and your soap is ready for use. You can rewrap it in fancy paper or plastic, and you can even stamp your own logo on each bar!
Now that you’ve mastered the process, you can get really creative with the types of soap you choose to make. You’ll always use the same base, but feel free to add whatever herbs and dyes in order to make it your own!
That was so easy, huh? And to think, you can make so many bars of soap at one time, too. You’ll never use store-bought soap ever again.
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