Two Methods On How To Make Homemade Soap

By Jon J. Martin

In today's world where everyone is starting to be more conscientious of what is going into their food and how their clothing it made, it is no surprise that many are taking up the practice of making their own soap. You don't have to be a master in science or arts and crafts to learn how to make homemade soap either. You can make a simple soap or a luxurious one, depending on how much time and effort you want to put into it. The two most common methods are the cold process and the melt and pour.

The melt and pour method is one of the easiest and safest ways to make your own soap. You start by purchasing pre-made blocks of uncolored and unscented soap from a craft store or supplier. This is your base soap. You then melt this base using a double-boiler or the microwave. Once it is fully melted you just add your own fragrance and colors then place in a mold to set. When the soap hardens it is ready to use.

The other method may seem more complicated, but it is truly the method for making soap from scratch. In the cold process, you control everything that is added to the soap and all the ingredients. However, this method requires lye and this is a dangerous material if not handled correctly. Before starting this method, one needs to learn how to use lye properly.

The proper materials are needed before you being this method. Make sure you have plenty of space to work in and your soap pot, for making the soap, and your molds ready. Animal fats or vegetables oils are needed as well as lye and water. To color and scent the soap you'll want to have your fragrances or essential oils and your colorants ready.

Prepare your lye and water first, since this will heat up upon mixing it will need time to cool down before using. Begin by heating your oils in a soap pot till they are around 100 degrees. When the temperature is right, slowly add the lye-water and blend it until the soap begins to trace. Basically that means till it is thick like pudding and that can take up to an hour. When the soap reaches that point, you can then add your colors and fragrances and pour it into a mold. It will take a few hours to harden, usually up to 24. Then it will need to sit for around 4 to 6 weeks to cure before it can be used.

There are many different ways on how to make homemade soap, and these are just two of the most popular. This can be a rewarding and fun experience and with practice will allow you to be as creative as you like with colors, designs, and fragrances. Depending upon how much time and effort you want to put into it, these make great personalized gifts for friends and family too.

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