Be honest with yourself – you constantly come in contact with dirt every day. That is why it is essential for you to ensure your hands are clean to protect you from the germs you pick up from dirty surfaces. It’s a dirty, grimy world out there, and frequently washing your hands is essential to staying healthy and keeping germs at bay.
Unfortunately, most bars of soap sold in stores today often seem to place more significance on the uniqueness of their fragrances rather than all-around effectiveness. Wouldn’t it be cool to find a soap that’s effective on dirt and germs, and also smells great?
Well, thanks to one crafty person, you can! This creative person found a way to make your own soap at home, and better still, it’ll save you a ton of money to boot! It’s actually straightforward to make your very own DIY soap right 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!
Someone very creative discovered this method that’s very simple and cost-effective. Another good thing about this method is that you can make this DIY hand soap in the comfort of your home. The first thing you’ll need is a jar of animal fat.
Preferably, you should opt for goose fat, as it contains the highest quality and gives the best outcome.
Next, you need alkali powder in your list. For safety measures, get gloves, safety glasses, and a breathing mask. Make sure you take utmost care not to allow the alkali powder to come in contact with your skin.
If this happens, all you need to do is apply a mixture of water and vinegar to cleanse your skin.
Get some specific tools near you to ensure you properly make your DIY hand soap. First, grab a spoon. It is recommended that you make use of a wooden spoon; a metal spoon will cause oxidation in the soap solution.
You will also require a thermometer close at hand.
Getting the Right Measurement
Make sure you have an accurate measurement scale. You’ll need this to measure your soap ingredients and to ensure each bar of soap is measured accurately. Another tool you can’t do without is a silicone mold.
This tool will help you give your soap the desired shape!
Now, put the goose fat (or any animal fat you’re making use of) in an enamel pot and set it on medium heat. Using your wooden spoon, gently begin to fold the fat over itself till it turns into a liquid.
Next, check, using a soap calculator, the right amount of ingredients you should add to your mixture. Your measurements will largely depend on the type of soap you want to make. A soap calculator will help you determine the correct ratio of your fat, acids, and water.
Open a Window
You will also require using the soap calculator to prepare your alkali solution. It is best you carry out this step near an open window or in the outdoors. Make sure you are wearing your gloves, safety glasses, and a breathing mask. Your safety comes first!
Mix it Together
Next, pour the alkali powder into your measured water. Your water should either be in an enamel pot or a heat-resistant glass. Mix the alkali powder and water thoroughly. While you are doing this, make sure you are very careful, because the solution will be very hot.
Give it Time
Once the alkali solution is entirely mixed, give it some time to cool before you proceed with the preparation. Your target is to allow the mixture cool down to about 100 degrees Fahrenheit (or 40 degrees Celsius).
Make sure that both your alkali solution and animal fat are at the same temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Once you’ve achieved that, use a sieve to pour your alkali solution into the enamel pot where you have your animal fat.
Once you have combined them together, keep on stirring the mixture for several minutes to ensure that the solution is thoroughly mixed. As you go on, you’ll observe that the color of the fat begins to change. It’s absolutely normal!
Now it’s time for you to be creative and make your hand soap whatever you want it to be. The creator of this DIY hand soap project recommended using a combination of sweet-scented and healing herbs, like thyme.
You should be very careful at this point because it can be straightforward to go over the top with the herbs. It’s best to add too little quantity, rather than adding too much, as you can always increase the quantity later. Once you’ve added the precise amount of fragrance, grab your blender.
Continue the Process
Now, you can proceed with the process of mixing the herbs with the mixture. Switch on your blender and set it to the lowest possible grinding speed. Then you can start to increase the speed once the mixture starts to blend together. Continue blending until all the components become well mixed.
Getting the Mold
Don’t fret if your mixture is somewhat thick; that’s the way it ought to be! Grab your silicone mold pans and carefully pour your mixture into them. Be sure you fill the molds to your desired size.
Getting it Right
Well, you can decide to unleash your creative side at this stage and use whatever type of mold you feel like. Some people prefer to pour their soap mixtures in a large wooden box so they can cut out the bars any time they need new soap! If you decide to follow this pattern, ensure you line the box using cling wrap.
Getting the Mixture
Once you have poured the soap mixture into the mold, cover them with cling wrap. Leave them in an open and well-ventilated area to cool. You should not place them in the fridge to solidify – the idea is to allow them to cool gradually.
Allow the soap mixture cool till the next day. Once that’s done, now is the time to unveil your soap! With care, remove the cling wrap and voila, your soap is ready for use! If you wish, you can wrap your soap in fancy packaging paper or plastic, and even more, you can stamp your personalized logo on each bar of soap!
Now that you’ve learned this simple process, you can get really creative with the types of soap you choose to make. You should note that you’ll always make use of the same base, but feel free to add whatever fragrance, herbs and dyes you desire to use, to give your soap a personal feel!
That was quite easy, right? And to think, you can make so many bars of soap at one time, too. You’ll never have to soap from the store, ever again.