If you have never made liquid soap from scratch, and are looking for a natural alternative for commercial options – this might be helpful! To making liquid Soap the easy way you just need a piece of natural soap, water and a pot to boil it in. If you would like to try your hand at making liquid soap from scratch you can start by reading How to make natural liquid soap. Otherwise, keep reading!
The Method, Issues and Solutions
This method is very simple, and I didn’t invent it. Though there are two differences between how I use this method and the way I’ve mostly found other people do it. Here are the two main issues and the solutions I’ve found to solve them.
Issue 1: some soap turns out sticky, lumpy or uneven when its melted into water.
This can partially be avoided by adding more water, but that takes away from the lather (and obviously makes it very thin)
Solution: I use pure Coconut Soap.
Every soap, according to its formulation, has a different diluting point (how much water is needed to dilute it). Coconut Soap has one of the lowest diluting points, as well as an abundant lather, meaning that even when it’s diluted with water it still stays relatively thick and with a great lather.
Issue 2: most recipes call for grating the soap.
Have you every grated soap? It takes forever!
Solution: the same solution – I use coconut soap.
Coconut Soap dissolves fast and evenly, without needing any grating. I simply leave the full pieces of soap in the water and let the heat do its job.
What you need
- A pot – it doesn’t have to be a double boiler, just any regular cooking pot
- A spatula or big spoon
- Pure Coconut Soap – I make it by the cold process method and store it for when I need more liquid soap. You can find a guide here: Two Coconut Soaps – for Beauty and Cleaning. Alternatively, you can buy it!
- Water – plain old normal tap water
- (Optional) Essential oils – any of your own choice
How to go about it
- Measure and weigh your soap and water – approximately 1 CUP of water per 100 grams of soap
- Simmer it on low heat – don’t boil it, since it might burn (and burned soap smells horrible!)
- Stir occasionally – until the pieces of soap have dissolved completely
- Put aside – until it has cooled down
- Add Essential Oils – until it has the scent you want
How to store it
Keep in an airtight bottle. I don’t make more than I need for a month, so I don’t need to add any preservatives. In case you keep it for more than a month, I would recommend that you only use it for dish wash, laundry and cleaning around the house.
Note: I use this method for personal use only. If you intend to sell or in any other way distribute, I would recommend you use appropriate preservatives.
What to use it for
Coconut soap is very cleansing and is, therefore, makes great for washing dishes, clothes and cleaning the house. As for beauty, make sure the Coconut Soap is properly superfatted (read the article given above) since it will otherwise be too drying on the skin. I’ve heard very mixed reviews on coconut soap as a face and body bar, but I personally love it!
This was all for now. Let me know if you try it out, or have any other tips to making liquid soap the easy way!
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