Making Homemade Soap is Easy with These Simple Recipes
If you've ever wondered what goes into the process of making homemade soap, then you've come to the right place.
While there are many different ways that you can go about making homemade soap, the trend in today's environment is to attempt, whenever possible, to use natural or organic materials. Not only is it healthier for you to use organic ingredients, both for yourself and the environment, the homemade soap actually turns out better as a product.
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Olive Oil Soap
When you want to make homemade soap using olive oil (and doesn't that sound nice?), all you will need for your ingredients is olive oil, cold, distilled water, and lye.
For this mixture, we recommend that you use 50 ounces of olive oil, 20 ounces of cold, distilled water, and 7 ounces of lye. Now, if you are looking for a different blend of ingredients for a unique palette, then how about using avocado for making homemade soap?
For this natural homemade soap, you will use 3 pounds of distilled water, 1 pound of palm oil, 3 pounds of avocado oil, 1 pound of olive oil (a common ingredient), and 15 ounces of lye. As you can see from the ingredients, everything in this soap is going to be 100% pure and natural.
Directions for making your soaps
Okay, so once you decide what kind of homemade soap you're going to make, then the instructions for both are relatively the same. There is only a minor difference with the olive oil soap and we'll touch on that at the end.
The first step in making homemade soap is to mix the lye with the distilled water. You want to add the lye to the water slowly while you are stirring. When the mixture is cooling (it will become warm as you add the lye to the water), begin to mix your oils (ignore this step for the olive oil soap). Place the avocado oil and olive oil in a soap pan, then add the palm oil. Heat on a low heat burner until it is fully melted. When the temperature of both reaches 85 degrees F, slowly begin to pour the lye mixture into the oil bath.
You want to stir continuously. When a small trace of soap can be seen when you drizzle it across the surface, then the mixture is ready to pour into your molds. Wrap the molds in a towel and set aside for seven days. You want to check these molds every day to make sure that they are curing properly.
When you can push on the soap with your finger and it is firm, then you are done with making homemade soap and the soap is ready to use.
A note about olive oil soaps
When you use olive oil ingredients, you will want to check on your batch twice a day. What you're looking for is an oily residue on top. If you notice this, simply stir it back into the mixture and remember to check regularly.
More tips and ideas for making homemade soaps can be found on the other related pages and articles on this website, so be sure to check them out.
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