Making Homemade Goat's Milk Soap


| 2/24/2020 10:13:00 AM


 

There are an uncountable amount of recipes for goat milk soap all over the internet. This article is an effort to give a more simplified version of the process and to impart some of the knowledge that I have gleaned from many a tearful batch of “soap gone wrong.” But as any soap maker will tell you, there is only so far the instructions will take you until you must engage in a little trial and error. 

Soap molds

Soap Making Equipment

Listed in order of importance

  • Stainless steel or glass bowl, and stainless steel whisk, for the lye 
  • Mask and gloves to use while you are blending the lye and milk (this will protect you from the toxic fumes from the lye; but, you also should be in a well ventilated area)
  • Digital scale
  • Thermometer      
  • Stick blender
  • Soap molds (silicone, not plastic)
  • Soap knife 

Lye gets very hot and is corrosive, so you must use a stainless or glass bowl. I don’t use my lye bowl for anything but soap making. Soap ingredients must be measured carefully hence the digital scale. I started off hand-blending my soap with a whisk to save electricity. Save yourself the potential for elbow and shoulder damage and get the stick blender; they are very handy for many things.



You can make your own soap molds keeping in mind that whatever you use will have to withstand some heat, not leech metals or rust into your soap, and be pliable enough to extract the soap. Soap molds are fairly inexpensive online and will make the whole process much more enjoyable. The silicone molds are much more functional when extracting the soap; do not waste money on cheap plastic molds. A soap knife is very handy; but, I cut my soap with a kitchen knife for years. 





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