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Washing your hands is necessary, and we do it a lot. Have you ever wondered how much money you spend on soap in a year? Instead of spending money on store-bought soaps, make your own with this DIY, dollar-saving technique!

You can pick your soap scent, color, and more at a fraction of the cost. Here’s how.

DIY All Day

Making your own soap can be fun, and even therapeutic. Here are the supplies you’ll need to get started.

What You’ll Need:

  • Jar of animal fat (goose fat preferred)
  • Alkali powder
  • Water
  • Gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Breathing mask
  • Wooden spoon
  • Enamel pot
  • Thermometer
  • Scale
  • Blender
  • Silicon mold
  • Herbs/fragrances of choice

Mix It – Mix It Good

First, place the animal fat in your enamel pot on the stove over medium heat. Then, with your wooden spoon, fold the fat over itself until it liquifies. Before adding any other ingredients, look for a soap calculator online. This will help you determine what ratio of water, fat, and acids you’ll need for your soap of choice.

Be sure you’re wearing your glasses, gloves, and a breathing mask before the next step. Now, pour your alkali into the water in a heat-resistant glass and mix thoroughly. Once the solution is mixed, let it cool down to roughly 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Once your alkali mixture and animal fat are both at 100 degrees, combine them and stir.

Get Creative

Next, add your herbs and fragrance of choice. Feel free to have fun here with your scents! Once the fragrance is added, blend up your soap on low speed. Once it starts to blend, you can increase the speed until the mixture is completely combined. Then, grab your silicon molds and pour the mixture into them.

After the soap is poured, cover the mold with clingwrap and leave your creation in an open, airy place. You’ll want to let your soap cool until the following day.

Once cooled, unwrap and enjoy!