DIY Projects: How To Make Soap Without Lye

If you’re looking for a DIY on how to make soap without lye, then you’ve come to the right place! Homemade soap making is a big trend right now, with a lot of people looking to be more conscientious with their product choices and opting for a natural soap.

This DIY soap recipe without lye will teach you how to enjoy your time indoors while being productive at the same time!

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Here’s How to Make Soap Without Lye!

The Things You Will Be Needing:

  • Organic melt and pour soap base
  • Organic powdered pigment
  • Alcohol in a spray bottle
  • Soap mold
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Soap cutter or a straight knife

Step 1: Melt Your Soap Base

First off, grab your organic melt and pour soap base and cut them into small pieces so that they will be easier to melt. Melt them over your stove at the lowest possible setting.


  • When melting your soap base, make sure that you are stirring constantly to avoid burning and to even out the distribution of the heat. This way, you are sure that you will get a uniform temperature throughout your bowl.
  • You don’t have to accurately measure the temperature but if you have a thermometer, you can wait until it reaches a hundred and seventy degrees Fahrenheit and turn off the heat after that.
  • The last thing you want to happen to your melt and pour soap base is to make it boil. That will ruin your soap consistency and you might fail with learning how to make soap without lye.
  • Make sure to watch your heat and be careful not to let it boil!

Step 2: Add Your Pigment

The next step in how to make soap without lye is really fun because you get to play around with colors! Once you have melted your melt and pour organic soap base, you are going to add a heaping tablespoon of your chosen powdered pigment.

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  • You can add pigment a little at a time so you can carefully see your final color. Also, make sure to stir it thoroughly before adding more pigment if you wish.
  • With this step, you can go as vibrant, or as muted as you like with the colors. If you’re confident with your skills in blending colors, you can go ahead and do that too!
  • Some people like to add glitter and shimmer to their soap. If you’re someone who wants to experiment with this, now is the time to add that in as well.
  • As long as you mix the colors in properly with your soap base and no big chunks are left, then you should be good.

Step 3: Spray Your Alcohol

This step is optional and is only advised if you’re finding it a bit difficult to get rid of the chunks of powder pigment in your mixture. You can spray regular rubbing alcohol directly onto your pan with your melt and pour soap base to dissolve and clumps.


  • Mix thoroughly after spraying, and that should do the trick. If the chunks are so stubborn that they just won’t go away, you can opt to just spoon them out of your mixture.
  • You are really aiming for a smooth and uniform mixture for your soap, so getting rid of chunks is very important if you want to be successful with this project!

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Step 4: Time to Pour!

Now that your solution is nice and smooth, it’s time to pour them onto your molds! For your soap molds, you can use standard silicone ones that you can buy from your local provider.

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  • If you don’t have the standard soap molds, you can actually use your imagination and go as far as using other shapes! Some people, those who have already learned how to make soap without lye, use fun ice molds and create different shapes for their soaps.
  • There are plenty of molds available online. If you’re into pop culture, you can search for a silicone ice mold of your favorite character and make a fun soap catered to you!
  • After you’ve slowly poured your melt and pour soap base into your molds, spray the surface with your rubbing alcohol again. This method is used to get rid of air bubbles which are almost inevitable and are sure to appear after pouring.
  • You can spray a liberal amount of your rubbing alcohol and you don’t have to worry because it won’t ruin your soap if you do so.

Step 5: Add Your Second Color

Just like step 3, this one is also optional and really depends on your preference and what you’re trying to go for. If you’re going for layering different colors, now is the time to pour it over with your alcohol still on the surface.


  • This is to ensure that your next layer of color will spread out evenly and fill in any negative space. Moreso, don’t be restricted with just two colors, you can go and layer as many colors as you want, just make sure to put each color with a layer of alcohol in between.
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Step 6: Let Dry and Pop It Out!

Let your soap dry completely. This usually takes 2-3 days or more. We know, it takes a while for soap to dry, but it will be worth it, we promise!

Once it’s completely dry, pop it out of the mold and place it down on your counter for cutting.

Step 7: Measure and Cut!

The last step is to measure and cut! Using your ruler, lay it over your block of soap and mark the width of each soap using your nails, or any sharp object.

With a straight knife, cut your soap according to your set width with one slow and accurate motion. It’s important to slice it down slowly to ensure that each cut is even.

Watch the full video tutorial on how to make soap without lye from How To Make Soap below:

And there you have it for a very easy step-by-step tutorial on how to make soap without lye! We hope you got even more inspired to go creative with your approach. And remember, patience is key!

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