Making Natural Soap

Before Nicholas Le Blanc revolutionized the soap industry by developing an inexpensive method of extracting soda from salt, cleansers for both the body and clothing items were often made out of plant extracts, ashes or even urine (as was the case in some Roman cultures).

Ironically, the first natural soaps were probably made accidentally. As meat was prepared over a fire, the fat would drip down onto the ashes. Now, there are many companies that claim to create all-natural cleaning products. Many of these products are created with pure ingredients, while others use loopholes in regulations to be able to use the label “natural”.

Making Natural Soap – Two Methods from Across the Globe

One method for making soap that is traditional to Mexico creates a soap that is known for its foamy lather. This soap is typically used for washing clothing and is made by grinding leaves from the yucca plant. The ground leaves are then placed in water. For cleaning one’s hair, the roots of the yucca plant are used instead. Rich in minerals and nutrients, this soap is known to make the user’s hair softer.

In China, peasants traditionally used the small yellow fruit of the soap berry tree to make soap. They would grind up the rind and soak it in water to make a sudsy shampoo. If you decide to try this technique, be very careful not to drink any, as it is actually quite poisonous.

Making Natural Soap – US Government Recommendations

With the increasing number of detergent-based soaps on the market and in grocery stores, the US government recommends that individuals opt for more natural soaps like castile soap. A castile soap is created by combining olive oils and sodium hydroxide, also known as lye.

Unfortunately, many of the so called “natural soaps” on the market are anything but natural. They often contain derivatives of various natural oils but supplement these natural ingredients with chemicals and petroleum distillates. When you make your own natural soap, you have complete control over the ingredients in your soap. You will be able to rest easy knowing that the soap that you and your family uses is completely safe and nourishing!

For more detailed information on how to make homemade soap, check out his video on how to make soap.

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