What equipment do you need to make soap at home?
Contrary to what you may expect you can make soap with very little that you won't already find in your kitchen.
As a guide if you can gather together a couple of 1 litre food grade plastic jugs, a 3 litre food grade plastic jug, weighing scales, a silicone spatula, gloves and goggles the only things you may need to buy are a stick blender and a digital thermometer. The stick blender is common place in larger supermarkets and the thermometers are easy to find online for less than £10.
You don't even need to buy a mould - just line a cardboard box with greaseproof paper and you are good to go.
Ingredients vary depending upon your chosen recipe but you could start with a simple olive oil, coconut oil and cocoa butter recipe which is the one I use on my soap making classes. The one common factor which is required for all soap making is sodium hydroxide also known as caustic soda or lye. This is readily available to purchase on line from soap ingredient suppliers or alternatively you can source it in hardware shops such as B & Q - you just need to ensure it is pure and not mixed with anything else.
Hot process soap making is very similar but you do need a slow cooker for that method. And a stainless steel or silicone spoon to scoop your soap in to the mould.
But as hobbies go it is fair to say you can set yourself up relatively cheaply.
Can I use the same equipment for soap making as I use for my food preparation?
I would suggest that you do the first time - rather than invest in new things not knowing if you will carry on. It won't do any harm as long as you wash everything thoroughly but if you continue with your soap making then it is well worth having dedicated soap making utensils, not only do they tend to end up a little discoloured from the lye solution but you will not have to worry about cross contamination.
If you are keen to find out how you can learn to make soap I wide range of learning options from hands on workshops to zoom tutorials and a pre recorded step by step video course. Details of all these are available via the home page.
Looking forward to helping you take that next step. :) Keri