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postheadericon Soap Making Supplies Checklist

Here is a basic list of soap making supplies that will get you started on your adventure creating wonderful cold-pressed (lye) soap. If you’re a long-time follower, you’ll remember our first foray into soap making many years ago.


Soap making supplies from our soap making class


Soap Making Supplies

All of these soap making supplies can be purchased on Amazon, from other online retailers or may be found locally. You might even have some of these things in your own closet or kitchen cabinet.

Safety Gear

Safety should always be your first concern – especially since you are dealing with the extremely caustic lye.


Long rubber gloves or latex gloves

~ Long sleeved shirts

~ Pants

~ Closed toe shoes

~ Vinegar – Plain old white vinegar needs to be on hand in case of splashes or spills. It quickly neutralizes the lye.


Once you’ve used any of these items to make soap, it is a good idea to keep them solely for that purpose. You really don’t want to mix bowls and utensils you’re using for food with lye.

Glass Mixing Bowl or Stainless Steel or even Hard Plastic -DON’T USE ALUMINUM as it reacts with the lye.

~ Stick or immersion blender

Rubber Spatula

Soap mold – you can use lined wooden, silicone, or lined pyrex. Again, no aluminum. Individual sized soap molds are also handy.

Parchment paper

Accurate scale – I prefer digital, but as long as yours is accurate you’ll be good to go.

Glass candy thermometer or this handy laser no-touch thermometer is pretty cool too

Straight and wavy edged knives to cut soap

These two kits combine several of the needed items into one convenient purchase:  Mold and knife kit   Mold and box kit


Most of these ingredients are easier and less expensive to find online than local, but your mileage may vary….

~ Lye – Yes, drain cleaner/opener is made with lye. BUT, there are sometimes other things added that you DO NOT want in your soap. Be sure the lye you get is 100% sodium hydroxide.  Amazon food grade lye   Roebic Heavy-duty Crystal Drain Opener from Tractor Supply

Palm oil

Coconut oil

Olive oil

Sweet Almond oil

Fragrance oils – whichever you decide to use or blend, be sure there are no photosensitivity issues associated with the oils. Lavender 40/42 is a great starting oil for soap fragrance

Colorants zinc oxide and alkanet root powder are two popular ones that go well with the lavender scent

~ Water – distilled water is a good idea if your tap water is full of minerals or contaminants


This list of soap making supplies is for entertainment purposes only. Anything you do with this list or the contents of this list is at your own risk. Not recommended for children.


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