How To Make Goat Milk Soap
Learn how to make goat milk soap to have some of the creamiest, most moisturizing soap you'll ever use. Goat milk soap is handmade from goat milk and other ingredients. If you have a goat who gives milk, you're set. If not, canned goat milk is available for purchase. Goat milk soap is a natural soap that is safe for many skin types. When you know how to make goat milk soap, you'll be able to use this wonderful product. Other options are to sell goat milk soap for profit or give it as special gifts that will be highly appreciated.
To make goat milk soap, you will need:
- 3 cups of goat milk
- 1-1/2 lbs. of fat, such as lard or vegetable shortening
- 6-1/2 oz. of lye
- 1 cup of oatmeal
- 2 oz. of glycerine
- 2 tsp. of borax
- Soap molds from craft store
- Petroleum jelly
- Safety glasses
- Rubber gloves
- Two saucepans
- Wooden spoon
- Candy thermometer
- Paper cup
- Stainless steel bowl dedicated to soap making
- Hand mixer dedicated to soap making
- Get the molds ready. Coat the inside of the molds with petroleum jelly. Be sure to only use the molds to make soap and not food later on. Set the molds aside.
- Melt the fat. Place the fat in a heavy saucepan to melt it. Let the fat cool to a temperature between 85 to 90 degrees.
- Put on safety glasses and rubber gloves. Lye is caustic and can burn the skin and eyes. Take caution when using it. Pour the lye into a paper cup. Set aside. Although lye is caustic, it is no longer harmful from the soap making process.
- Pour the goat milk in the stainless steel bowl. Slowly add the lye, mixing it with a hand mixer. The two components will become hot. Let the goat milk and lye mixture cool to 85 degrees.
- Mix together the glycerine, borax and oatmeal. Stir this mixture and add it to the fat. Mix thoroughly. Add this mixture of fat, glycerine, borax and oatmeal to the goat milk and lye mixture after it has cooled. Mix for fifteen minutes with the hand mixer. Leave the mixture alone for five minutes and mix again for five more minutes. Continue the process of mixing and leaving the mixture alone for five minutes each until the soap becomes thicker.
- Pour the soap in to the prepared molds. Carefully pour the soap into the molds. Cover the molds with cheesecloth and let them sit for 24 hours undisturbed at an even temperature.
- After 24 hours, take the soap out of the molds. Let the goat milk soap air dry for four to six weeks.