How To Make Soap At Home
If you fancy learning how to make soap at home, then you have come to the right place. There are lots of reasons for making your own soap. The two main ones are that it's fun, and can also save you a bit of money too. Ideal in the current economic situation we are experiencing.
To start making soap at home you will need the basic ingredients. There are water, lye and any sort of oil. Lard is often used. Lye is not a very kind substance, so when using it, wear eye goggles and gloves in a well ventilated area. If you want to be completely safe, use some sort of respirator. In addition you will need a mould, to which you would pour your soap mixture to get your desired shape, and some containers to heat ingredients. Metal pots are best for the oil, with plastic or glass being essential for heating the lye.
For a mould you could use a wax paper lined cake tin, though this will be much trickier to use when you come to cutting. As you would need a very strong and sharp knife. Some people rig a makeshift soap-cutter from an old fishing line. A hassle-free way to avoid cutting is to use smaller, soap bar sized moulds. Muffin tins and similar sized holders are the best option. Further to that you will need stirring wooden utensils and some measuring cups or jugs.
It is important to remember when learning how to make soap at home, that anything you use should be just for soap making, you must not resume cooking food in things already used for soap making. The very basic methodology of soap making is to heat the lye in water. This causes a chemical reaction that makes the lye dissolve and the mixture warm. Once it is bubbling away, let the mixture cool to about 110 degrees. While this is happening, warm your oil up to same amount as well. When they are both at 110 degrees, you can begin carefully mixing the lye into the oil. Use your wooden utensil to stir the ingredients together gently but consistently.
At this point you need to give the mixing your full attention. Especially as it starts to thicken up. To ensure your soap is ready to put into moulds, pull the wooden stirrer out and let some drizzle back down. If it keeps its shape before disappearing into the mixture, it's ready. Important to note though, that if you wait too long, you might not be able to use all the soap, as it will get stuck in the container.
Now pour the thickened soap into the mould, wrap it in a towel and put it to one side for a day. This gives the mixture time to mix properly and for 'setting' to take place. After a full day of it resting, you can start to work it out of the mould, and then cut it down to your preferred size. Use brown paper to store the soap in your house in a cool area. For 2 weeks you need to turn each bar then allow it to set for a further maximum of 3 weeks. After about a month, your soap is ready to use. We hope this article gave you the understanging of how to make soap at home.