We all use soap, so why not make it yourself, right? It’s cheaper, and you get to know exactly what went INTO the product so you never have to worry about chemicals again. This liquid soap recipe can be found at Northwest Edible Life! Remember, you’ll want to wear gloves and safety glasses for this; always better safe than sorry!
Take 32 ounces of distilled water and add it to a bowl (stainless steel or Pyrex is best). Very carefully add 9.35 ounces of lye flakes to this water solution. Stir until the flakes are dissolved. Once the crockpot has warmed up, carefully add the water-lye solution to the oils. As you do this, keep the crockpot on high.
Using an immersion blender, blend the lye solution and oils. You should do this for about 5 minutes, or until the solution begins to thicken. Continue to blend the solution about every five minutes for the next half hour. The paste should continue to get thicker as you do this.
Once it’s thickened, the next step is to put the lid back on the crockpot and let it sit on high for about three hours. You should come back and stir the mixture every half hour or so to make sure the soap melts evenly. The soap should slowly become more transparent.
Now it’s time to test the soap’s clarity. Take about an ounce of the mixture and add 4 ounces of hot or boiling water to it. Stir and let the soap dissolve. When it cools, if it’s opaque or oil is on the surface, then you need to cook it longer. If it’s clear or translucent, then you can move on to the next step.
Add 10 cups of distilled water to the soap in the crockpot, mix it as best you can, and then let it sit for another 8 hours (or overnight). The soap should now be clear and even (without lumps). All you have to do is bottle it and that’s all!