Reasons to Make Your Own Soap

Make Your Own Organic Soap

Soap in the Past (And why you should make your own)

Department and grocery stores did not exist in the 1800s, so many forget that soap once had to be made by the people themselves in order to stay clean. Before the 1900s, people had to be creative and make their own soap out of fat wastes and left over wood ashes boiled together in a pot. Most people who made soap back in the early 1800s, had no idea what they were even making. When people need soap today, they just drive down to the local Walmart, but do people ever wonder how people obtained soap before grocery stores came along?

Throughout history, soap has been made in many different ways. When the United States was a part of the English Colony, they made soap from potassium based materials called potash and pearl ash. This type of soap making lasted all the way up until past the nineteenth century, which soap then began to be made with Alkali, which is a caustic sodium.

Alkali based sodium has been used to make soap by the Egyptians, Spaniards from Spain, and many other regions. Alkali sodium based products are still in use today for making soap. The soap that is made today are not considered real soap as to the standards of the early 1800s, instead they are detergents. The soap made today are made from products with petroleum in them. People find themselves becoming allergic to the soaps that are made today.

The soap that was made back in the 1800s were not considered naturally made products, but they may as well have been because they were mostly made from food products that are used today, such as salt and oils. Most soaps were made by accident by mixing the two chemicals of sulfurous fats and alkali together. The soaps that are made today can give many reasons to make your own soap.

5 Big Reason to Make Your Own Soap

The five biggest reasons to make your own soap are:

1- Allergic reactions- The soaps that are made today are made out of detergents. These detergents are not naturally made for skin, so they can cause itching and rashes. Soaps also have perfumes in them that can cause rashes. Soaps that were made in the 1800s were made from naturally based oils that did not affect the skin in such negative ways.

2- Dry skin ailments
- Detergents are bad for the skin because they can cause thousands of dry flakes to fall from a person's skin. Soap that is sold in the stores are made out of detergents, and many of them can cause people to have mild to severely dry skin.

3- Cost effective- It is more cost effective for people to make their own soap. Soap can cost up to three dollars for one bar of soap, and the cheapest soaps are the soaps that are made with the most cheapest chemicals that cause allergic reactions.

4- Soft soap compared to hard soap- People who make their own soap will be making soft soap, compared to the hard soaps that are sold in stores. Soft soaps are made out of ingredients from lye, such as wood ash. Hard soap is created with sodium alkali. Merchants carry hard soaps instead of soft soaps because it is easier to package and ship them.

5- Easy to make
- Many people will say that soap is hard to make because of the confusion when it comes to the correct amounts of lye to use. People in the 1800s and earlier, made soap from trial and error, so they had to throw away a lot of soap products that did not turn out too well. People who make their own soap will also be using trial and error until they eventually get the amounts right, but once they do, they will enjoy the process of soap making, and once they try the soap and see how different it is compared to store bought soap, they may never buy another store bought soap again.

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WRITTENBYSHAWN 6 years ago from Port William, Ohio

Great Hub - This is going on my list of things I want to do.

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ViktoriaGrace 6 years ago from Atlanta Author

Thanks for reading. It's such a fun hobby plus it's functional. People always love getting homemade soap as gifts. Good luck when you start. Let me know if you have any questions. :)

gsvirdi 23 months ago

Already decided to try making a few pieces myself, just waiting patiently for my wife to allow me doing it.

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