Make lye free soap on the homestead! You’ll love making homemade soap and natural soaps with these easy-to-follow steps.
Make Lye Free Soap With This Tutorial
Though I have no stance on the effect of lye one way or another, some prefer the lye free soap making process. Unfortunately, at the end of the day, there really is no such thing as truly LYE FREE soap. The soaps we use as our base, even in this soap-making recipe, would originally have been made using lye. However, since many people don’t want to work with the potentially dangerous chemical process involved in processing lye, I decided to make this soap making tutorial a priority for the readers who have requested it.
Your only option here is to do what most people call a “rebatch,” which is repurposing previously made soap into a different form. Use this soap for your own homestead, or give it away as a gift. Either way, someone will enjoy these homemade goodies. Check out my favorite kit for creatingall natural organic soap, get it here.
- 2 Regular size natural soap bars (which, yes, was originally made with lye, but which you no longer have to take precautions about when using because the process has been completed beforehand).
- Herbs and/or plants
- Essential oils
- Crock pot
Grate 8 ounces or two regular size bars of natural soap. Use soap that is free of chemicals and fragrances.
Heat crock pot on low and add soap. Pour 1-2 ounces of liquid (water, coffee, green tea, kombucha, infused herbs, coconut milk or floral hydrosol) over the grated soap. Stir frequently to avoid burning and to make sure the soap has melted completely.
When soap is completely melted, remove from heat.
Add your favorite essential oil/s. Stir well. Add any other ingredients you wish to use, such as oatmeal or rose petals.
Line your mold with parchment paper for easy removal. Pour mixture into mold and allow to cool and set for 24 hours.
Remove from mold and cut into desired sizes and shapes using a soap cutter or a food scraper.
Allow soap to air dry for a few day more or until the surface is completely dry. Store as you would any soap or dress it up and give it as a gift!
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What ingredients do you want to include in your lye free soap? Tell us all about it in the comments section below.
This post was originally published in October 2014 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.