How To Make Homemade Soap

How to Make Homemade Soap

Homemade soap really isn’t as difficult to make as you may imagine. The hardest part is judging when the soap is done but like everything else with a little practice this becomes easier.  Also it’s important to take great care not to breathe in the fumes as lye can be toxic – also do not get it on the skin and be careful when handling as it will get extremely hot.

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Once safety precautions are in place you can get started.  Here’s how to make homemade soap:

#1 – Get ingredients ready.  For this easy recipe you will need:
9 oz of lye – set this aside in a large measuring cup

Then together in one large bowl:

4 ½ cups olive oil (use the very cheap kind and not extra virgin – the cheapest makes the best soap)
2 cups coconut oil
2 cups grapeseed oil

#2 – Warm the oil to medium temperature while letting the lye cool slightly. Both the soap and lye should be the same warm temperature.  You can use a thermometer and wait for both to be at around 110F or simply feel by hand (touch the side of the bowls and judge when both are at similar temperatures).  Pour lye into the large bowl containing all oils

#3 – Using a hand-held blender slowly mix the oils and lye together. This will take about 2 minutes.

#4 – Add two teaspoons of your choice of natural oils – lavender, cinnamon, rose – the choices are endless.

#5 – Pour the soap mixture into the mold. A baking tin will do.

#6 – Wrap the tin with several heavy towels to keep the heat in. Set aside for 24 hours approximately – perhaps up to 28.

#7 – Cut the soap into usable sized chunks.