Why do we Make Soap?

Homemade bar soap.

Soap making is one of the most beneficial homesteading skills. We use soap daily in its various forms for many different purposes. From bar soaps, liquid hand soaps, and shampoos to dish and laundry detergents, pet shampoos, kitchen cleaners, car shampoos and many more.

Use of soap is very common and frequent in our everyday lives! Twice as frequent if you are caring for farm animals or growing a garden. If I have to use soap so often, I want to know what goes into it.

Do you want to know what goes into your soap? Have you looked at the ingredients of the commercial soaps? Why would you want to put all that chemistry lab on your skin and hair?

On your loved ones?

On your children and grandchildren?

On your pets?

On your clothes?

And the list continues. . .

Let’s simplify life and make our own hand-crafted soaps. Handmade soaps are natural and healthful for your skin and hair. Homemade soaps are very inexpensive to make, especially compared to buying commercial soap.

Natural homemade soap

If you are not convinced yet, read about the benefits of lye soap here.

Soap in its simplest form is made of two essential ingredients:

1. natural oils and/or fats

and

2. sodium hydroxide (also known as lye or caustic soda) or other strong base such as potassium hydroxide (also referred as caustic potash).

That’s it.

And when you are done making soap, there is nothing strongly alkali or caustic about it any more. The strong base reacts with the fatty acids and becomes neutralized. Read more about it here.

After you master making the most simple unscented homemade soap, then you can start learning about various oils, and how they can change your soap to be used for different purposes. You can make moisturizing soap for dry skin, hard soap for oily skin, soap to aleviate acne or eczema symptoms, and many other varieties of soap. And you can start adding other ingredients, such as essential oils, fragrances, soothing herbs, and more.

Homemade soap

The possibilities are endless!