How to Make Lye Soap – Here's the Equipment You Need to Get Started
It can seem overwhelming to get started learning how to make lye soap because of all the equipment you need to have and the special processes that go on. However, the initial learning curve can be made easier if you just get an understanding of the things you need. Let's go through each of them.
Handling Lye Safely
First and foremost, because you'll be handling lye, a dangerous chemical, and this is the hardest part when getting started learning how to make soap, this is important to understand thoroughly.
Make sure you read up about lye safety to feel confident handling it. Always wear a shirt with long sleeves, rubber gloves and plastic protective goggles. In case you do spill lye on your skin, have some vinegar handy and rub liberal amounts of it on your skin, this will neutralize it. Vinegar also works if you need to dispose of anything with lye in it.
Here's All The Tools You're Going To Need
Along the ones I've already mentioned for protecting yourself, here is what you need to make lye soap:
Kitchen scale – components are measured by weight, not volume
Half-gallon, heat-resistant glass jar or plastic pitcher for making the lye solution
8-quart stainless steel or ceramic pot for heating and mixing the components
A mixing bowl for holding the lye
2 cooking thermometers, for the lye and the solution
2 rubber spatulas, stainless steel or wooden spoons
A stick blender is strongly recommended as well because otherwise reaching trace may take 1 to 3 hours
Most of the tools you are going to be using you want to set aside only for soap making, because of the lye. Your containers should be made out of stainless steel, plastic, glass, enamel or stoneware (if it's heat proof). Do not use anything which has tin, zinc or aluminum, since these react with lye.