The Benefits of Soap Making


Lee AnnWhile making your own soap at home has become increasingly popular for those living frugally, as well as the homesteader, it is a bit intimidating to some folks. This article, the first in a three-part series about the benefits and equipment needed for soap making, will explain some of the details and help you understand the process.

In this day and age, many consumers have become aware of the added chemicals, increased costs and commercial processes used to manufacture personal hygiene items, including the soap we use to bathe ourselves and our families. The big producers are adding things considered toxic, and that can encourage diseases, cancers and other previously less common problems, including added fragrances and dyes that can cause allergies and skin afflictions. Because of increased knowledge of these unnecessary additives, there is a popular movement, particularly among the growing population of homesteaders, to make soap at home.

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There are many ways of doing this, and a simple Internet search will provide hundreds of recipes and methods. The majority of the recipes include the use of a mixture of oils, such as olive and coconut, and the addition of an agent to aid in the chemistry of soap making, such as lye. The recipes also generally include fragrances in the form of essential oils, and various other natural additives such as rosemary, oatmeal, lavender or cornmeal.

Making your own soap at home is one of the easiest steps you can take toward frugal living and creating a more natural and healthy environment for your family. In this article we will discuss the benefits of making your own soap in three ways. First, we will talk about the undesirable ingredients found in commercially produced soap. Second, we will discuss the preferable ingredients you can use to make your own soap at home. And third, we will look into the frugality and personal satisfaction of being able to create your own products, such as soap, at home.

The Undesirable Ingredients

3/17/2015 8:56:13 PM

I use to make goat milk soap but lost my recipe when my house burned down. Wish I could find another on. Mane ing. was goat milk. No longer have goats, but know where I can get the milk. Loved that soap.

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