Here is a quick little article submitted by one of our readers. I thought it was a great idea to make soap quickly and wanted to share it with you guys.
My name is Amy. I am married, have 2 sons and, live in Ohio.
I first wanted to make my own soap because I had such itchy skin. I thought it was the change of the seasons but it lasted all summer and through winter. After using my soap I will never go back to name brands.
I was reading this amazing series, and now I am going to try to make my own lye! Wish I could talk to Thad about the process.
38 oz. lard or shortening
24 oz. coconut oil
24 oz. olive oil
12 oz. lye ( sodium hydroxide)
32 oz. spring or distilled water
wooden or plastic spoon, you can get a stick blender( not necessary but helps with the lumps) Dust mask, safety glasses and rubber gloves Scale, stainless steel bowl & vinegar
Before I start getting my ingredients together, I make sure everyone and the pets are outside. So I am not distracted.
Time to put on the glasses, dust mask and gloves.
I measure everything out in different containers, so I don’t have to stop.
In a large stainless steel or enamel kettle pour in the water.
**ALWAYS** pour the lye into the water slowly while gently stirring… Never the other way around. Just in case you get some on yourself, wash the affected areas with vinegar. It will neutralize the lye reaction.
Lye is very dangerous especially added to water… It heats very quickly.
You can melt the oils to a liquid form before adding to the pot, but I don’t. The lye and water are warm enough to melt all of the solids. I first add the lard, then coconut oil and then the olive oil. While adding the ingredients continue to stir until it gets a consistently of pudding and leaves a trace behind the spoon.
If you wish to now is the time you can add extras to your soap. Essential oils, be cautious here, some essential oils will cause it to set up quickly. I prefer to leave my soap as is.
You will need to pour the soap into some kind of mold. Wooden or silicon are the best. Don’t use aluminum. I like to use the silicon molds because it’s easier to pop out. I have an Easter egg form, and a cupcake form and a bread loaf form. This does make quite a bit of soap so please have more molds than you think you might need… I ended up using a shoe box the first time for the extra. After pouring soap into the molds, you will need to cover them with cardboard and towels. You need to keep it out of drafts for 24 hours. Uncover and set for another 12 hours. Cut the soap in what ever size you like, and set aside for the drying time. Do not cover, and let it dry for one month.