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How to Make All Natural Homemade Soap

Updated on August 6, 2015

How to Make Homemade Soap

A growing trend is making natural homemade laundry soap ? One of the things that you realize real quick is that you can't find the Felsnaptha or Zote soap required to make the laundry soap very easily. The second thing, is that it costs around $3 - $4 dollars a bar.

Using this recipe will make your laundry soap cost around .50 for 10 gallons of detergent. It takes less than an hour to make. You do have to let it "set" for 6 weeks, but it's well worth it !

You want to make sure to have gloves on hand before starting. You also want to make sure there is good ventilation while making the soap !

Homemade Soap


  • 3 Pounds lard or tallow
  • 6.5 ounces lye
  • 12 ounces cold water

Soap poured into mold

Making Soap

  1. You want to use a tall container. Add your water and slowly add the lye to the water. You want to mix with a wisk until all the lye granules are dissolved.
  2. Melt the lard until just melted. Now put the mixture on ice and stir often as to avoid hotspots. As soon as the mixture reaches 95 - 98 degrees, pour it into the larger container with fat in it. Mix together immediately until it is "trace." You've reached trace when it is the consistency of liquid soap.
  3. At this point, if you want to add any sort of scent to your soap do it. Pour into mold. You can make an easy mold by lining a half gallon milk carton (with the side cut) with parchment paper. Now cover the boxes with towels and do not touch for 24 hours. After that time frame it should be hardened, if not let set longer. Once hardened rip away the box and cut into 1 inch slices. If possible, let them stand on end for 3 days, and then just lie them flat flipping every two days for 6 weeks.


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    • DeborahFantasia profile image

      Deborah 5 years ago from Italy

      It actually replaces the soap that most people use when making homemade laundry soap. So yes, you would grate it and add it to the laundry soap recipe.

    • SaraDuggan profile image

      Sara Duggan 5 years ago from California

      Thanks for this recipe - what do you do with the soap once it is cured? Do you grate it and add it to the laundry?