In Nigeria, the unemployment rate is at an all-time high. Many graduates have no choice but becoming entrepreneurs and fending for themselves. Starting a business requires capital, which is not so easy to get.
But there is some businesses that don’t require a huge amount of money to start with. One of those businesses is the making and selling of liquid soap.
This article will guide interested people on how to make liquid soap in Nigeria from scratch.
Soap is a basic necessity in everybody lives. So you don’t have to worry much about the difficulties in selling your product, as long as you get it right. There is a good profit from this business.
Tools/Items needed for Liquid Soap Making in Nigeria
Below are the tools or items you need to have before making a liquid soap;
- Measuring bowls
- Nose mask
- Hand gloves
- Stirring rod
Ingredients used for Liquid Soapmaking in Nigeria
These are the ingredients you’re required to have in order to make 40 litres of liquid soap;
- 6-16 teaspoons of Sodium Laureate Sulphate (SLS)
- 10-20 teaspoons of Texapon
- 6-16 teaspoons of Formaline (optional)
- 10-20 teaspoons of Sodium Tripolyphosphate (STPP)
- 480 grams of either Antisol, Nitrosol or CMC (Carboxyl methyl cellulose).
- 2 litres of Sulphuric acid
- 35 litres of clean water
- 165 grams of Caustic Soda
- 245 grams of Soda Ash
- Colourant and perfume fragrance (optional)
How to make liquid soap in Nigeria from Scratch
Below are the steps involved in making liquid soap
- Dissolve the caustic soda with 2 litres of water and leave for either one hour or overnight.
- Dissolve the soda ash with 2 litres of water and leave for either one hour or overnight.
- Pour the Sulphonic acid into a measuring bowl and add the texapon. If you want a pleasant smell for your liquid soap, add the perfume fragrance now. Then add 10 litres of water and stir carefully for 10 minutes.
- Dissolve the Sodium Laureate Sulphate with 1.25 litres of water. Also, use another 1.25 litres of water to dissolve the Sodium Tripolyphosphate.
- Add whichever one of Antisol, Nitrosol or CMC (Carboxyl methyl cellulose) you have. Note, if you’re using CMC, dissolve it in 10 litres of water two days before the soap making day.
- Add the dissolved caustic soda and stir carefully. Then add the dissolved soda ash and again stir carefully. If you are using Formaline, add it now.
- Add the dissolved Sodium Tripolyphosphate and stir well. Follow by adding the dissolved Sodium Laureate Sulphate and stir again. If you’re using a colourant, add it at this stage.
- Add the remaining amount of water base on the texture form you want your soap to be in. You can leave the mishmash for about a day after which it should be ready to use. Store in a cool dry place.
As you can see, it is actually easy to learn how to make liquid soap from scratch. The procedure is not that complicated as long as you have all the right tools and ingredients listed in this guide.
Depending on your location, a production of this 40 litres of liquid soap can easily be sold for N6,000 – N10,000. You can start small and grow as you learn the ropes of the business.