The Equipment Needed For Soap Making

| 3/20/2015 9:00:00 AM

Tags: Soap, Lye, Homemade Soap, Equipment, Frugal Living, Lee Ann Perez,

Lee AnnIn this second part of a three-part series (check out the first part), I have outlined the equipment you need to make your homemade soap. While it seems like a bit of an investment up front, you will soon recoup the costs from the soap you make for your family, gifts or for sale. As with many homesteaders, you will find many of these items already in your kitchen.

Making your own soap at home is one of the best ways you can work toward living a more frugal life. It is not only rewarding financially, once you are all set up for homemade soap making, you will also find that it is a fun and very enjoyable hobby. You can make soap at home to use for yourself and your family, you can make soap to sell at local farmers' markets, craft shows, or on one of the several online craft retailers, or you can make soap to give away as unique, desirable gifts.

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No matter what you are planning as the end use for your soap, the first step is to gather all of the necessary equipment. There are several items that you will need for soap making, and you will want to use some of them for only soap making. Here we will go through the list of needed equipment, talk about the purpose of each item in soap making, and offer options, where available, for each of the equipment items. You may have some of these items in your kitchen already, but they are all easy to find at either local or online shopping establishments.

The Scale

Possibly the most important tool that you will need for your homemade soap making is the scale. This should be digital, and should read ounces, preferably to the 1/10th ounce. The scale will be used to ensure that the chemical balance of your soap is accurate. You will use it to measure everything including your lye, liquids, oils, and additives. You can get a digital scale here.

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