Avoid extra expenses - Save and make your own bar soap!






Making bar soap at home is a fun and rewarding activity. Not only is it a way to save money, it’s also a way to make sure the cleaning products you’re using are safe and natural.

In other words, you save money and are ecologically sustainable! No packaging polluting the environment, supermarket bags, etc.


To make bar soap at home, you will need the following ingredients:

  • Used cooking oil
  • Caustic soda
  • Water
  • Color (optional)
  • Essence (optional)

As you can see, the ingredients are not that complex. The dye, as you may know, will give the color to the soap and the essence will be the smell of your soap.

See below instructions for making your own bar soap.

  1. Prepare your work environment. Wear gloves, safety glasses and an apron to avoid accidents.
  2. Measure used cooking oil. You will need 1 part oil to 3 parts lye.
  3. Dissolve the caustic soda in the water. Do this in a separate bowl from the oil. Use a heat-resistant plastic or glass container. Add the caustic soda little by little, stirring constantly, until it is completely dissolved.
  4. Pour the lye solution into the oil, stirring constantly.
  5. Stir the mixture for 30 minutes or until it thickens and reaches the consistency of dulce de leche.
  6. If you want, add coloring and essence to the mixture.
  7. Pour the mixture into an oiled cake pan.
  8. Allow the soap to cool and harden for at least 24 hours.
  9. Cut the soap into bars and let it dry for another 24 hours.

Extra tips

Some things you should pay attention to:

  • Use used cooking oil as it is more sustainable and economical.
  • To avoid accidents, always wear gloves, protective glasses and an apron when handling caustic soda.
  • Always stir the mixture in one direction to prevent it from catching fire.
  • If the mixture is too hot, add cold water little by little.
  • Do not add coloring or essence to the hot mixture as they may not dissolve completely.
  • If you want to make scented soap, use natural essences.
  • To make soap with brighter colors, add more coloring to the mixture.
  • To make soap with different textures, add ingredients such as glycerin, honey or milk.

With a little practice, you will learn how to make bar soap at home quickly and easily.

An important note is that children should not attempt this.

Caustic soda can cause health problems. Therefore, when preparing your bar soap at home, be sure to wear gloves and in a suitable environment.

That’s it, you can safely help your finances and planet Earth will thank you too!

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