DIY Organic Soap

I love DIY projects.  Here lately I’ve really been getting into creating my own health & beauty and cleaning products as well.  There is just something about knowing exactly what is inside the products that I’m using, and having the ability to pronounce all the ingredients, that makes me happy.  So when Harry Carr suggested an article on how to create your own organic soap, I knew it was meant to be.  Harry is a writer and the owner of a small cleaning business based in London.  So, without further ado – let me pass the page over to Mr. Carr. 

 

Nowadays there are hundreds and thousands of different soap makers and brands available on the market.  There are soaps for every type of skin and problem.  Not to mention the diversity of flavors they can combine – coffee and chocolate, melon and pineapple and many more.  However, in most cases we can’t be sure whether we can trust the labels.

 

Making DIY organic soap is very easy and efficient.  There are a number of reasons why you should try and create one yourself.  Firstly, you can add all of your favorite organic ingredients and fragrances and you can be sure that they soap will be truly natural and healthy.  Its design will be entirely in accordance with your personal preferences – the size, shape, smell and color.  Moreover, creating your DIY soap can be extremely fun and enjoyable.  A lot of people have it as a hobby.  If you are convinced that you would like to create your own organic soap, here are some tips and recipes you can try.

 

As already mentioned, soap making is one very easy process.  However, just like anything else, the more you practice doing it, the better the final results are.  It is highly recommended the equipment you are going to use in the process not to be used for cooking.  Even if you are convinced that you can clean it thoroughly, the risk is just not worth it as even one minor trace can cause health issues.  Also, bear in mind that some plastic bowls can melt when exposed to high temperature so avoid using them.  Suitable bowls are the ones made of stainless steel, tempered glass and enamel.

 

Now that you know how to prepare yourself for the soap making process, you can try using this recipe provided by cleaning houses in Hammersmith and create your first organic soap.  The ingredients and the proportions are: 2/3 cup almond, olive and coconut oil, 1/4 cup sodium hydroxide (also known as lye) and some cool water.  After you have supplied all the necessary ingredients, clear the work area from any personal belongings and any fragile items.  After that, put on the gloves and measure all of the ingredients.  Prepare them in advance and place them nearby.  Then put the sodium solution in a suitable bowl filled with water.  You can wear a mask in order to prevent yourself from inhaling the fumes.  Leave it in for a few minutes until the water clears out.  Pour the oils in a suitable bowl and heat them to a temperature of 120 degrees by placing them in the microwave or in the oven.  The sodium hydroxide’s temperature should be around 120 degrees as well.  Both substances are ready when they reach a temperature of roughly 100 degrees.

 

Your next step is to mix everything and stir it.  Now is the time to add any additions such as herbs and essential oils.  Stir once again and place the solution in something that you would like your soap to take the shape of.  For instance, if you would like to have a square soap, put it in a square mold.  Cover it entirely using a clean towel or a plastic bag and leave it for 24 hours.  After this period, make sure your soap is cool enough as this is very essential.  Then you can cut it into pieces and leave it for the next few weeks to cure.  Don’t forget to switch its position every week!

 

This is all the preparation and ingredients you need in order to make an organic soap.  Make sure to try it next weekend and see how easy and fun it is to create soaps.  Moreover, this can be the perfect present for someone who likes homemade organic products.

 

 

Thank you so much for sharing with us today Harry!  I can’t wait to make some organic soap myself!

 

What are your favorite soap additives?

 

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