Soapmaking Tools

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Tools Needed for Making Cold-Process Soap

Stick Blender- Also called an immersion blender, it does an hour’s worth of stirring in about 5 minutes, which ensures a better result. I have a Cuisinart immersion blender, and I recommend it. It’s sturdy, and with the push of a button the stick detaches from the handle for washing it.

Digital Scale – Precise measuring of ingredients by weight is essential, especially for smaller batches. I have this digital scale. (I use it for baking and calculating postage too.)

Stainless Steel Pot – Stainless steel is recommended for your soapmaking pot. The lye will react to an aluminum, teflon-coated, or cast iron pot. An enamel-covered pot could work well, but I would be concerned about the stick blender chipping the enamel.

Bowls – a couple of bowls for measuring and mixing. At least one needs to be stainless steel or pyrex, so it can withstand high heat. Use stainless steel, glass, or plastic for your bowls and spoons. Do not use any made of aluminum or wood.

Spoons – for measuring and stirring. I use my stainless silverware spoons. Do not use wooden spoons.

Thermometer – a candy or cooking thermometer.

Soap Mold – a wood or plastic box. Your soap mold can be any container. I used a wooden plant box from Ikea. Some people have even used milk cartons or pringle cans.

Freezer Paper – to line the soap mold, so the soap won’t stick.

Cardboard Box – large enough to cover the soap mold.

Knife – Use a kitchen knife with a large blade.

Glasses & Gloves – for safety when handling lye. I wore an old pair of glasses. Rubber gloves will protect your hands from becoming irritated by the lye.


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