Soap-making has gradually shifted toward a hobby rather than a profession. Many people are making soap in their homes and running small soap businesses. Soap-making is not a cumbersome process, just a few simple steps need to be followed and you are ready with your DIY soap.
But the question is, is it cheaper to make your soap or does it cost nearly the same as the soap that is bought from the market? Is DIY soap-making effective or is soap-making an expensive hobby? Well, herein we are going to find out answers to these questions.
Making your soap is cost-efficient and cheaper only if you pick the basic soap manufacturing supplies and purchase the raw ingredients to prepare the soap in bulk. Moreover, you need to be creative enough to prepare a soap that serves multiple purposes.
Buying lavish raw ingredients, fragrant oils and essential oils would end up making the cost of a DIY soap more or less the same as the one purchased from the market.
The only benefit you will be going to get then would be that the soap would be free of chemicals and harmful substances which otherwise might have affected your skin.
Saving money while preparing your soap can be done by using certain tools that you might be having beforehand at your home. For instance, food scales and infrared thermometers can be used while making soap. 3
Also, you don’t need to buy soap molds. For giving shape and structure to your soap, you can use the plastic molds you already have at home.
When you have decided to make soap on your own, the next thing you are to do is to be efficient with your production process. Using minimal resources to get the maximum output which ultimately would lead to lower production costs.
As a result, the soap thus prepared would be cheaper than the store-bought soap. The following factors contribute to homemade soap being cheaper-
The most simple and basic raw materials that you need to manufacture a bar soap at home are olive oil, distilled water, soap-making lye, and essential oils. Moreover, you would require molds, thermometers, and blenders for the complete preparation of soap.
Being wise, you can purchase second-hand blenders and thermometers. Also, for essential oils or fragrance oils, you can use natural fragrances of flowers or dyes. It would save a part of your cost.
The next thing you should focus on is preparing a soap that not only can be used for washing hands but could also be used for bathing or cleaning. A bar soap, if made from skin-friendly ingredients can be very conveniently used as a bathing soap as well. Therefore, try to be creative in your thinking and prepare a soap that can serve many purposes at once.
To save a part of your cost while soap-making, it is advised that you use some of the products you already might be having at your home. For instance, instead of soap molds, you can use plastic or silicone containers and give a whole new and different shape to your soap.
Also, rather than using an expensive stick blender, you can have a used blender at fewer prices. Not only this, you can use food scales and infrared thermometers for measurements. Incorporating small reusing techniques would end up saving a huge part of your cost.
Having said enough, when it comes to preparing a soap what are the soap making supplies and tools that you would be needing? Let us find that out.
To prepare soap, the base oil is needed. You can use jojoba oil, olive oil, or coconut oil for that purpose. These oils can be bought at wholesale prices from The soapy. Preferably, olive oil is used to prepare soap. You can use two oils together as well.
Lye is an alkali that is needed to convert oils into soaps. Without lye, it is difficult to prepare soap. There should be a perfect ratio of lye to oils while making DIY soaps. Also, lye should be added to water and not vice versa, or else a harmful chemical reaction might occur. In case of the absence of lye, melt and pour soap bases can be used.
Any fragrance of one’s choice can be given to the homemade soap by using essential oils or fragrance oils. The difference between the two is that the former is naturally obtained while the latter is chemically synthesized.
Water is needed to prepare lye. At times, it is also required to adjust and maintain the consistency of the soap solution. It is an important ingredient to prepare soap.
To give a good shape to your soap, a soap mold is required. Being cost-efficient, you can bring any of the containers available in your home to use as a soap mold.
Further, you require a thermometer and a measuring scale(you can also take a food scale). The thermometer is needed to record the temperature of the soap solution. Moreover, a food scale helps in measuring the proper ratio of lye and other ingredients.
Lastly, to properly mix the soap solution with the lye solution, you are required to have a blender. A stick blender is preferable as that can be used in the cooker itself. To save money, you can buy a second-hand blender.
Soap-making is an interesting activity and it keeps an individual busy with something or the other. It is a good hobby to develop and for those who have ample time at hand, soap making is a recommendable activity. A basic soap-making process requires $80 to $100 including all the tools required.