Before getting started making your own homemade soap, there are a few tools that you’ll need. You probably already have most of them in your kitchen, so don’t worry about spending a lot of money in expensive tools. The point here is to be ready and organized, before deciding to make your own homemade soap. If there is one thing I’ve learnt so far about making homemade soap is that it requires extreme accuracy in following instructions and measuring your ingredients. Having all the necessary tools will you help you with that.
Below is a list of basic homemade soap making tools that you will need:
- Safety goggles and rubber gloves are necessary to protect your eyes and skin from the lye. It is also recommended to wear a face mask and a long sleeve shirt when mixing the lye with water.Please, don’t skip this, safety always comes first.
- An accurate scale to the nearest gram to measure your ingredients such as the oils, lye, water, essential oils etc. As mentioned before, accurate measurement is the key to successful homemade soap making.
- A 2-3 litre heat-resistant plastic or glass jug for mixing the lye with water. Make sure that you don’t use just any kind of plastic or glass because some may melt from the heat of the reaction.
- A stainless steel 8-12 litre pot with lid for melting the oils and blending the soap. This will be your “Soap Pot” where the saponification will take place. Don’t use an aluminum pot because the lye solution will react with it and corrode it.
- 1 silicon or heavy-duty rubber spatula for stirring the lye solution with the oils. Although you could use a wooden spatula, it is not recommended because the wood also gets corroded by the lye and it’ll flake off into the soap solution. It is also useful to have some measuring spoons to measure the fragrance, essential oils or other additives.
- 2 accurate, quick reading thermometers (-10°C – 140°C), one for measuring the temperature of the lye and one for the melted oils. It is essential that the lye and the oils have about the same temperature before we blend them together in the soap pot, that’s why we have to check them separately. Read more on the cold process soap making here.
- Plastic or silicone soap molds. You will find a wide variety in the market or you can choose to make your own wooden mold in the size you prefer. If you go with the wooden mold you will also need some greaseproof paper to line it with. Another solution is a Tupperware container – basically any leak-proof container made of plastic, glass or stainless steel.
- A stick blender to blend the lye with the oils and start the saponification process.
- A thin sharp knife or a soap cutter to cut your homemade soap in bars, if you are not using individual molds.
- Last but not least, you should have a bottle of vinegar so that if the lye comes in touch with your skin, you can pour some vinegar immediately and then rinse with plenty cold water. The acid (vinegar) will neutralize the alkaline (lye).
You should also keep in mind that whatever tools you use for soap making, cannot be used for anything else in the future. So before heading out for shopping take a look around your kitchen to see which of the tools you already have. Once you’ve gathered everything, organize your work space and start making your own homemade soap. It’s definitely worth it!