Simple Soap Making Instructions For Homemade Soap
Making soap is a fun and creative hobby that a lot of people enjoy. Not only do you spend time on something that you like to do, it is also a hobby that lets you create useful products that you can share with other people. It doesn’t matter how old or young you are, or whether or not you have received formal training on soap making. The basics of simple soap making are easy enough for most people to learn.
Here are simple soap making instructions for making homemade soap:
soap base - glycerin soap or any uncolored, unscented bar of soap
essential oil (for fragrance)
rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle
mixing bowl / Pyrex container
a large knife
Prepare the soap base by cutting it into small chunks. This will make it easier to melt. Put the chunks inside a Pyrex or a microwave safe container.
Melt the soap base using a microwave oven. Put the soap base inside a Pryrex or a microwave-safe bowl and cover with cling wrap. This will keep the moisture in while you melt the soap base Melt the soap for one minute, with the microwave oven set on high. Check the mixture. If it hasn’t completely melted yet, melt it again for another minute. Repeat heating the base for a minute at a time until you get a thick, gooey consistency with no chunks of soap.
Get the melted soap base out of the microwave oven. Add the fragrance oil and stir gently using the metal whisk. Start by adding just a few drops, especially if the scent you chose is particularly strong. Ideally, use 0.4 ounces of fragrance oil for every pound of soap. But you can add more or use less, depending on what you want to achieve.
Next, add your soap colorant. Start by adding 1 or 2 drops of the color or color combination that you want. Stir gently.
Be sure to stir thoroughly, but gently. This will keep your mixture from forming bubbles. If you do notice bubbles on your mixture, spray a bit of rubbing alcohol on them to remove them.
Now you are ready to pour your mixture into your mold. Be sure to do this slowly, to avoid bubbles from forming on the surface. If you do get bubbles, a light spritz of rubbing alcohol should get rid of them.
Cover the mold with cling wrap. Set it aside and allow the mixture to harden. To hasten the process, you may also put the mold inside the refrigerator (but don’t put it inside the freezer!).
Once it has completely cooled and hardened, you can release the soap from the mold. You may already use the soap right away.