Are You Ready for Liquid Soap Making?
Soap making is not limited to bars of glycerin or lye soap. While it is not the simplest method of soap making, the process of liquid soap making can be a fun and exciting challenge for soap makers. Learning how to make liquid soap would be a great milestone for any soap maker.
What is Liquid Soap Making?
Liquid soap making is similar to making bars of soap. Instead of sodium hydroxide (lye), you will use potassium hydroxide during the process. It is the use of potassium hydroxide that makes all of the difference; it will keep your soap in liquid form instead of allowing it to solidify.
Beyond the heat that is created via saponification (the chemical reaction created during the soap making process) you will need to add more heat. This additional heat can be provided using a myriad of options with the most popular being a crock pot. As always, it is important that you never use the same crock-pot for both soap making and cooking. Make sure you dedicate one to each of those tasks just to be on the safe side.
Why Liquid Soap Making?
Aside from testing your soap making abilities, many people prefer liquid soap when it comes to hand soap. The liquid soap you create will be nourishing and won’t dry people’s skin like most soaps. There are many great gift possibilities to consider as well. Combining your liquid soap with a great decorative soap dispenser is sure to impress those who receive it. Liquid soap can also be used in the shower with a mesh sponge or exfoliating bath gloves.
There are many recipes for liquid soap making that can be found online as well as several printed books on the subject. Several of the recipes have pictures to walk you through which might be helpful if it is your first time making liquid soap. The process of making liquid soap is more complicated than traditional lye bar soap and certainly more so than the “melt and pour” technique of glycerin soaps. Nevertheless, you should definitely add it to your soap making repertoire as your skills improve.
To learn liquid soap making using potassium hydroxide, read this article. For another liquid soap making method, check out Dave Cushion’s book below.