|Lately, we have had many phone calls and e-mails to our Technical Support staff about cold-process soap. I thought that I might be able to help those who want to try their hand at soap making but need some more encouragement. Today I’m going to start with a list of equipment and ingredients needed for cold-process soap making. I will give you two weeks to collect the supplies for learning about cold-process. On February 23rd we will have a week dedicated to cold-process soap. If you have questions you would like answered during that week, feel free to e-mail me and I will try to answer every question.
Equipment that we will need for Cold-process Soap Week:
Safety goggles, anti fog are helpful
Each day will give 2 or 3 recipes for soap making, you can make one, all or skip a day. The focus of this week is to look at each piece of equipment and each technique to learn WHY we do what we do.
Where do I find Sodium Hydroxide?
Check with a local Lowe’s or Home Depot store if you only need a few lbs. Lowe’s carries Roebic Brand Drain Cleaning Crystals. Under that title it says 100% sodium hydroxide. This is fine for soap making. This brand is a 2 lb can and will be plenty for our week of soap. If you need more than a few lbs try calling a few companies listed in your phone book under Cleaning Supplies or Chemicals. If you can’t find anything there call the local high school or college and talk with a chemistry teacher. They are usually able to direct you to a chemical supply in your
A word about scales:
You must have a scale for making soap. You do NOT need an expensive scale or one that measures in 0.1 gram increments. You do need 1 gram readability for scales that have grams and ounces, or 0.1 ounce readability for scales that only offer ounces. My hope is you can get one that has 1 gram readability. If you intend to make lotions and lip balms, in quantities suitable
The price of a scale corresponds to the number of steps each scale offers. A step is readability times capacity. A scale that has a readability of 1 gram and a capacity of 100 grams has 100 steps. A scale that has readability of 0.1 gram and a capacity of 100 grams has 1000 steps. The second scale will cost more than the first. We hope this has helped you consider the scales available to you. If you have questions along the way give us a call or send an email.
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