There are times when commercial products don’t go with our body and if that’s the case, it’s hard to find something that is suitable and right for us. If you’re without luck on this, you can always create your own soap.
Most soap, shampoo and toothpaste contain sodium lauryl sulfate, which is important for the foaming that occurs when using these products. This chemical is also found in flea and pesticides and tick killers, which is linked with eye and skin irritation. The good news is there are other alternatives that you can use to substitute these products that content sodium lauryl sulfate.
You can make your own soaps at home safely at an affordable price using a method that does not contain sodium lauryl sulfate. You can also personalize your soaps and give them away as gifts. Here are the steps on how to make non-sodium lauryl sulfate soaps.
To make your own soap, you will need:
- Essential oil, herbs and spices and fragrances (optional).
- Melt and pour soap base.
- Rubbing alcohol.
- Double boiler with lid or microwave-safe bowl.
- Plastic wrap
Making your own soap
How to Make your Own Soap
- First, choose a melt and pour soap base. The bases are made from glycerin and can be purchased at arts and crafts stores. They also come in many varieties such as goat’s milk, aloe vera and honey. To verify that there is no sodium lauryl sulfate used in the base, check the label provided.
- Then, cut the base into chunks before melting them in a double boiler. Let the water boil and add the soap base. Cover and keep an eye on the base while it is melting. You could also use a microwave to melt the base by placing the chunks in a microwave-safe bowl covered with a plastic wrap. Place it into the microwave for one minute and stir until it has melted.
- Remove the soap base from the heat. You can add any essential oils, herbs and spices or the fragrances of your choice and stir until the mixture is well mixed. Leave the soap to cool and stir it as it cools.
- Finally, pour the soap into the mold of your choice. Spray rubbing alcohol on top of the mold to eliminate any bubbles. You can buy molds at an arts and crafts store or use household items such as muffin tins, ice cube trays and loaf pans. The material of the mold can be chosen from wood, plastic and cardboard, but avoid using material from aluminum and tin.
Make use of the instructions properly. It is better to be safe than sorry.
It is a fact that several commercially-made products are not good for us. It might be more so, when these products are being made, it’s all about the profits for the manufacturers. Now, you can use your own homemade soap where you will definitely not have any allergies from.