A lot of cold process soap makers hesitate to get into the hot process method, and I definitely was one of them. Though once I got started I realised it really more difficult, it just more time (and most of the time takes very little effort). All that being said, I do on a regular basis make liquid soap the easy way: by melting solid soap in water. I especially use this soap around the house, wash my laundry and to clean my dishes! If you would like to try your hand at making liquid soap making from scratch you can start by reading How to make natural liquid soap. Otherwise, keep reading!
The Method, Issues and Solutions
The method seems pretty very simple, and I didn’t invent it, but there are two difference between how I use this method, and the way I’ve mostly found other people do it. This method that addresses two issues I’ve had when melting soap:
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 it’s oils, has a different diluting point (how much water needed to dilute it) and coconut soap has one of the lowest diluting points. Additionally coconut soap has one of the most abundant lathers, so even with the added water it lathers beautifully.
Issue 2: most recipes calls for grating the soap. Have you every grated soap? It takes forever!
Solution: same solution – I use coconut soap. It dissolves fast and evenly, without needing grating.
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 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
- Water – plain old normal tap water
- (Optional) Essential oils – any of your 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 has dissolved
- Put aside – until it has cooled down.
- Add essential oils – until it has the scent you want
Voila! Keep in a bottle. I dont 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 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 therefore makes great for washing dishes, clothes and cleaning the house. I basically only use coconut oil, and it works like a charm! As for beauty, make sure the coconut soap is properly super fatted (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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