What is soap paste?
Black soap in liquid or paste form is well known for its many benefits as a skin care and household cleaning product. Today, we’re pleased to introduce you to the less well-known coconut soap paste.
Just as black soap is made by saponifying olive oil with potash, coconut oil can be saponified with potash.
This process creates a compact, milky-white, semi-transparent paste.
With greater cleaning power than black soap, coconut oil soap is well suited for household cleaning products such as dishwashing liquid and laundry detergent. For body use, it’s a good idea to mix it with black soap to combine the cleaning power of coconut oil with the softness of olive oil.
How to use soap paste?
Typical ratios are as follows:
- Floor cleaner: 200 g. of coconut soap paste for 800 g. of water
- Dishwashing liquid: 300 g. of coconut soap paste for 700 g. of water
- Laundry detergent: 350 g. of coconut soap paste for 650 g. of water and 60 g. of washing soda
Note: we updated the laundry detergent recipe, we divided the washing soda by 2 compared to the old version.
Steps to follow
- Prepare and sterilize your equipment and workspace.
- Heat the water.
- Dilute the coconut soap paste into the warm water according to ratios above. Just place the required amount of paste in the water and leave it overnight or until it has dissolved completely. If you’re in a hurry, you can speed up the process by blending steadily with a whip (not too quickly to avoid creating foam or bubbles).
- Store in a bottle.
Note: the paste can be scented with essential oils (roughly 3 to 5%), but avoid using cinnamon or clove, which will coagulate the soap.