Making soap at home is a great idea for those who want to try something new, want to dispose of the old pieces of soap or just don’t trust the chemicals that are usually found in liquid soaps. The liquid soap making process is fairly easy and does not require a lot of ingredients. Less talk and let's get into soap making!
How to make liquid soap in Nigeria?
It's not a secret that there are a lot of different soap making recipes. The main difference between them is the ingredients. We will tell you two main recipes, and you may choose whatever you like. You can also add something new to them and create a unique soap! The recipes are:
1. Basic liquid soap for dishwashing
When we say “basic”, we really mean that the soap is basic. You will need only three ingredients in order to make this soap. It is simple but not perfect for everyone. There are no glycerin or oils in it so the soap may dry your skin. It's simply Basic!
2. Liquid dish soap with soda and essential oil
It is a more complex version of a basic liquid soap. It will take more time and effort, but it’s worth it.
Before making the soap, note that the quality of your soap depends on the water that you are using (the pH level, hardness, etc.) Usually, the soap turns out good, but there may be exceptions. So don’t try to make a lot of it by increasing the quantities of the ingredients - you may end up with a bad quality soap. First, try with amounts that we suggest and if it turns out good then make more.
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If your soap does not turn out as good as you want it, then try to change the proportions of water and other ingredients. Sometimes soap making requires experimenting! Let’s start with the basic liquid soap, shall we?
Note that for both recipes you will need:
- Medium sauce pan;
- Tablespoons and teaspoons;
- Measuring cups;
- A bottle for your soap. It can be a used soap dispenser.
The basic liquid soap
It may take you about an hour to do it and this includes the melting and cooling process. Before making the liquid soap, prepare all the needed utensils and ingredients to make it even faster.
The ingredients are the following:
- 470 ml (or 2 cups) of water;
- 9 g (¼ cup) of soap flakes;
- 1-2 tablespoons of white vinegar. Distilled!
The basic liquid soap making process
When you have all the ingredients, it is time to make some soap. Soon you will know how to make liquid soap for dishwashing! Follow the instructions listed below:
1. Take your medium sauce pan, add the water and soap flakes. Stir the ingredients with a spoon until they are mixed.
2. Heat the mixture on medium and stir it with a spoon from time to time. The soap has to melt completely. It may take about 15 minutes. But don’t let the mixture boil!
3. Make sure that the soap is fully melted. When it's ready, remove the pan from the stove and leave your mixture to cool for 10 minutes.
4. When the mixture has cooled down, add the distilled vinegar. But don’t add too much! The amount depends on the consistency of your mixture. If it is thin already, add one tablespoon. If it is thick, you may add two tablespoons. Stir the mixture while adding.
Tip: If you don’t like the smell of vinegar, you can add fresh lemon juice instead. The vinegar is used to cut grease, and the lemon can do that as well.
5. Cool the mixture completely. It may take up to 20 minutes. Take your bottle for soap and pour you mixture into the bottle.
And there you have it - the basic soap for dishwashing. The next step is to make another, more complicated kind of soap - the liquid dish soap with soda and essential oil.
Liquid dish soap with soda and essential oil
The process of making this liquid soap is quite similar to the basic recipe.
For soap making you will need the following ingredients:
- 350 ml (about 1 ½ cups) of water;
- from 2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon of super washing soda;
- 9 ml of grated castile bar soap and 60 ml of liquid castile soap;
- ½ teaspoon of glycerin;
- Up to 40 drops of essential oil;
The soap making process
1. Pour your water into a medium sized saucepan and add the grated soap. Place the pan on the stove, turn on the medium heat. Stir the mixture until the soap melts. It may take up to 10 minutes.
2. Remove the pan from the stove, add the liquid castile soap, the washing soda, and glycerin. Stir the mixture.
3. Now comes the longest part - let your soap mixture to set for 24 hours. Yes, that's right - it has to set. You also need to stir it from time to time, because it may get more thick overtime. So make sure to check the consistency!
If it is still too watery, then warm the soap up, add ¾ teaspoon of soda and mix again. If you need even thicker soap, then repeat the process, but add ½ teaspoon increments until you are satisfied with the consistency.
4. Add the essential oil - the amount is up to you. Stir the mixture and pour it into a soap bottle.
Congratulations - now you know how to make soap! Try different variations of essential oil to get various effects. You can also try and add some coloring, but it is better to buy the coloring that is meant to be used for soap making. The reason is that food coloring, for example, may dye your hands and leave marks on the dishes. You don’t want that, right?
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