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Make Your Own Soap in 4 Simple Steps & Tackle Soap Scum

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Jessica
05.07.12

It’s only Monday, yet you're already daydreaming of Friday night. It’s going to be a long week. Instead of counting down the days until Friday, break the work-week blues with some decadent homemade soaps. They’re easy to make and less than ten dollars per batch. That way, you can start your Tuesday with a spearmint soap shower or end the evening with a relaxing bath complete with a lavender-scented bar.

   

Photo: OhSudz | Etsy

To make your own glycerin soap, you’ll need measure cups, a mold of your choice (we like these from Hobby Lobby) and glycerin. Glycerin, the most obscure ingredient, can be purchased at any hobby store for about $7.

  1. Place your bars of glycerin in your glass measuring cup, and then microwave them for 30 seconds at a time until they’re completely melted.

  2. If you want to add a scent like lavender or mint, food coloring or crushed flowers, do it now. Go crazy – you won’t ruin your soap with too much dye or essential oil.

  3. Pour your glycerin into your molds, and then let it sit for at least a full hour.

  4. That’s it! Pop them out and start scrubbing!

Before you whip up your first batch, remember that soap leads to soap scum. Luckily, dealing with soap scum is as easy as a couple of lemons or a jar of white vinegar. If you notice a hard-to-fight white milk substance, read Tackle Soap Scum to learn how to fight the film with common household items.

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