To reduce the environmental impact and make a contribution in our small way, even a pretty and useful easy-to-perfume DIY soap can be a valid eco-sustainable alternative that is part of a completely new and low environmental impact lifestyle
All women who are committed to reducing the environmental impact try to use food at km 0, to limit all plastic food packaging and therefore trying an easy and fragrant DIY soap will certainly not be difficult.
All the fruit and vegetables that we see every day in supermarkets packed in plastic bags and packs obviously does not taste better than the bulk one. Among other things, it must be added that, loose fruit and vegetables cost significantly less.
Many people do not think about it at all and for convenience they usually opt for ready-made and weighed packages such as salad in a plastic bag. But, we know that it will certainly not be a huge investment of our time to take and weigh bulk food and therefore sometimes it is just a matter of so much laziness.
Reducing the environmental impact by including other products can be of great help so today we offer a very easy way to make soap at home. The procedure is completely home made, it can be a wonderful gift idea but also an excellent stock to create to have ecological and super efficient soap at home.
How to make homemade soap
Having a soap created with your own hands has only advantages. It does not include any type of packaging, the cost is really lower, and you can really choose many ingredients to use based on our taste. We will gain in many ways:
- We can customize the product, even those who are allergic can prefer the components they tolerate without taking risks; we can choose textures, colors and fragrances
- We have the opportunity to create quality soaps, all DIY soaps reduce or even destroy the risks for our skin and, detail not to be underestimated, the risks for the environment.
- We are free to give space to our creativity, we can in fact create soaps that match the decor of our bathroom, try to give life to original fantasies.
We can proceed with the preparation of hot or cold soap. The fundamental ingredient is caustic soda, the common name of the alkalizing sodium hydroxide compound and is necessary for the saponification process. But, at the end of the production of the product, the soap will no longer contain caustic soda since it will be neutralized thanks to the fats and will disappear.
During the process, caustic soda requires utmost attention. Rubber gloves, swimming goggles, nose and mouth mask are mandatory.
If you prefer not to take risks and think so everything becomes too complicated you can make soap with ash lye or with a ready-made soap base.
How to make soap with ash lye
If you have a fireplace in your house, you can opt for ash lye, which is nothing but ash cooking water
How to make the lye
- Cook the fireplace ash with water, sift the ash to remove the impurities
- Boil 1 kg of ash with 5 liters of water for 3 hours
- Allow the mixture to cool
- Take the water from the surface with a ladle taking care not to shake the bottom.
- Repeat the operation
- Sift the result with a kitchen towel 3 times or until the water appears clear and crystalline.
- 1 liter of lye
- 1/2 l of olive oil
- 50 g of rice starch
- essential oils (all those you prefer)
- Dissolve the starch in 300 ml of lye
- Heat the oil and add it to the remaining lye
- Also add the first compound
- Bring everything to a boil
- Finally add the essential oils
- Pour into plumcake molds possibly in silicone and let cool.
Before using the soap 40 days must pass and it must rest in a dry and dark place.
How to make soap with Marseille flakes
You can make homemade apone from Marseille soap.
- 250 g of Marseille soap
- 220 ml of distilled water
- 11 ml of olive oil
- 5-6 drops of essential oil of your choice
- Grate the bar of soap with a grater
- Dissolve in a water bath, adding water little by little
- Combine the olive oil and the essential oil chosen (if you also want a natural coloring)
- Pour into the silicone molds and leave to solidify
When the soap is completely cold you can cut the shapes you prefer. 6 weeks must elapse before use and the soap must rest in a dry and dark place.