Tips for Liquid Soap Making

When it comes to washing their hands, some people really prefer liquid soap. It is often said to be more hygienic (no one else touches the soap), and easier to handle in a washroom. Perhaps that is the reason why most guest washrooms (both public and private) have liquid soap in dispensers instead of bar soaps.

As a soap maker, you should be able to offer liquid soap as one of your regular products. It is something that is not difficult to make, for as long as you do know how to make soap from scratch using either the cold process or hot process methods, and it is a good option or product to provide your customers with.

Despite how easy it is to make, like in all soap making endeavors, you should always check your instructions, and follow these liquid soap making tips:

  1. Since liquid soap is a bar soap that has water added to it, a useful liquid soap making tip is to use a bar that has no colors or fragrances added. This way, you're sure that these additives will not affect the skin. (It is likely you'll be washing your hands with this soap more often.)

  2. Try using any of the luxury soaps like Castile soap or Shea butter soap. These both have great moisturizing properties, which you want to achieve when liquid soap making.

  3. When liquid soap making, it is best to use a bar of soap that is several days into the curing process.

  4. To add extra moisture to your product, break open a few Vitamin E capsules and let the oil spill out onto your soap mixture. You will have to do this after the heating stage of liquid soap making.

  5. To give your soap an antibacterial property, add some tea tree oil to the mixture, just a few drops though, as this too can be drying to the skin.

  6. Thicken your soap by adding a 33% borax solution. Be careful when handling borax, though. When done correctly, your soap should thicken into a cream or gel like consistency, the kind you see with many liquid soaps.

  7. If not being used yet, store your liquid soap in a cool and dry place so as to prevent it from drying out (it will evaporate eventually.) Just make sure you shake the bottle well before using.

If you're unsure about using one of your soaps for your first try at liquid soap making (perhaps you are wary about when in the curing process you can use your soap), try it out on a bar of store bought soap. Ivory makes great liquid soaps, and so does Castile soap. Perfect your technique with these commercial bars, but never forget to experiment with your own!