Things You'll Need
- Small mixing bowl
- Distilled water
- Measuring cups
- Caustic soda (potash)
- Measuring spoons
- Stirring spoon
- Turmeric powder
- Clove essential oil
- Cinnamon essential oil
- Rapeseed oil
- Waxed paper
- Cookie sheet
- Hot pads
Many individuals use homemade thin sheets of soap, also known as paper soap, instead of regular bar soap. Users cut or tear the sheet into single-use pieces and place them by the sink for easy access. Paper soap is very simple to make using any homemade bar soap recipe. The trick to making the thin sheets of soap is the molding process, which uses waxed paper to contain the soap and form thin sheets.
Pour 1/2 cup of distilled water in a bowl. Add 2 tbsp. of caustic soda (potash) and stir.
Melt 1/2 cup of lard in a saucepan. Slowly pour the liquid from the mixing bowl into the lard and stir. The mixture will turn a light pink color.
Disolve 1 tsp. of turmeric powder in 1 tbsp. of water. Pour the mixture into the saucepan along with 1 tsp. clove essential oil, 1 tsp. cinnamon essential oil and 1/2 cup rapeseed oil. Stir the mixture. Turn off the heat.
Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper. Place the cookie sheet on a level, flat work surface.
Pour a thin layer, 1/16 inch, of the soap mixture onto the waxed paper.
Allow the soap to harden, or cure, on the cookie sheet for 15 minutes.
Lift the waxed paper carefully from the cookie sheet and flip it over onto a clean, flat work surface, so the soap side faces down.
Peel the waxed paper gently from the hard, thin sheet of soap.
Kim Blakesley is a home remodeling business owner, former art/business teacher and school principal. She began her writing and photography career in 2008. Blakesley's education, fine arts, remodeling, green living, and arts and crafts articles have appeared on numerous websites, including DeWalt Tools, as well as in "Farm Journal" and "Pro Farmer."