Last modified on 5 July 2012, at 14:40
Re-edited info from Do-It-Yourself/Soap on WikiBooks.
- Any sort of animal or vegetable fat.
- Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH), also known as lye.
- Glass beaker and stirring rod.
- Bunsen burner or other means of heating solution.
- Mold for making soap bars (any flexible plastic container).
- Vinegar, just in case.
What to do
- Place 16 oz. of any fat, such as oil or butter in a beaker.
- In another container add 2.1 oz. (59.5 g) of Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH) to 6 oz. (170g) of water (do not add water to Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH) - it will splatter) stir to dissolve and let cool to 110 F.
- Melt fat under low heat to 110°F (49°C) and add the Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH) solution while stirring until the base has completely reacted with the fat (about 20 to 30 minutes)
- Pour the mixture into molds.
- Let this cool and sit for a day or two. Let the soap cakes cure for three weeks before using.
Additional Soapmaking References
- History and Process of Soap Making
- Cold process for Soapmaking
- Melt and Pour process for Soapmaking
- Rebatching technique