Making Homemade Soap Is Not As Hard As You Might Think
Homemade soap making is not a difficult process if you dedicate yourself to it. There are people who adore soap making to the extent that it is an important hobby. Others would like to venture into it, but they lack the basic information regarding this process. If you fall into this category, do not despair, after reading this article you will realize how simple making homemade soap is.
Processes of Making Homemade Soap
There are different processes for making homemade soap. The basic process is the one where you need lye, oils and of course water. At this juncture it is wise to mention that lye is a dangerous chemical and should be treated as such. If it spills on your skin, it can burn you quite seriously. Making soap at home should be a fun experience, so take the necessary precautions to keep it from becoming a trip the the emergency room.
There are some protective clothes you will need before you begin. Goggles, gloves and covered shoes are a must. Stainless steel is the ideal material for containers. Make your homemade soap in an open place to avoid breathing in toxic gases.
Soap making using ready-made soap involves grating the ready-made soap, and then adding fragrances or oil to your liking. You may then add water depending on how solid or thick you want your soap to be. The second method involves melting the ready-made soap and then pouring it into molds. Oddly enough, this is called the melt and pour method, and is hailed as an easy homemade soap making process and therefore ideal for beginners. The only drawback is that it is more expensive than the cold process method, but is innately safer, making it ideal for kids. Again, making handmade soap should be fun, so keeping the youngsters out of harm’s way is well worth the extra expense.
Natural Homemade Soap Making
Besides the above methods, there is a third method that results in natural homemade soap. It is worth noting that lots of chemicals are used in making many of the soap that is available in stores. This makes them unsuitable for use on human skin. The skin is rather delicate and should not be treated with harsh chemicals.
To make handmade soap, all you need is water, a base (lye) and a fatty acid (olive oil, coconut oil, etc.), and nothing should hold you back from making your own homemade soap. Plant oils, unlike animal fats are best is soap making. Once you have all the ingredients in place, heat the oil, base and water mixture separately. Finally, the combination of all the ingredients is done once they have reached the required temperatures.
Apart from making a useful household commodity, homemade soap making is fun. There is a feeling of accomplishment that comes out of making something useful with your own hands. Rather than spend money on some soaps that may turn out to be dangerous, why don’t you delight yourself with homemade soap?
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