DIY – Homesteader’s Tallow Soap

A simple plain bar that is so satisfying. (Makes about 8 ~ 4oz bars)

  • Crockpot
  • Kitchen Scale
  • Silicone soap mold
  • Glass for lye weighing
  • Bowl for oil weighing
  • Stainless steel knife or stirring spoon
  • Silicone spatula
  • Goggles
  • Gloves
  • Long sleeve shirt 
  • Immersion blender 
  • Filtered Water
  • Beef Tallow
  • Lye
  • Essential oils

32 oz Beef Tallow

4.2 oz Lye*

12.16 oz Water

1.5 oz essential oil (optional)

*Use proper precaution for use with lye, gloves, goggles and long sleeve shirt.  Always use in well ventilated area and do not breathe in fumes from lye while mixing soap batch.


Weigh out all ingredients on a accurate digital kitchen scale

  1. Add measured Tallow to crockpot And melt
  2. Add water to jar.
  3. In a well ventilated area, slowly add lye to the water while stirring slowly until dissolved completely, use care not to splash around. Continue stirring using care not to breath in fumes. Wear a mask and goggles and gloves. This mixture will be hot in temperature and the lye can burn skin, use vinegar to neutralize any lye that may splash out.
  4. Use an immersion blender slowly.  Be sure it is fully immersed before turning on and blend well and continually using a spatula to remove any mix from the sides of the crockpot. Use caution not to place the blender anywhere that may melt.

*DO NOT LIFT BLENDER WHILE IN USE OR USE ON TOP OF LIQUID it will splash all over causing lye burns on you or make a mess.  (Ask me how I know).  

  1. Once the soap reaches trace (appears like pudding) add any essential oils or coloring or any other additive and quickly but careful blend well.
  2. Pour or spoon into mold and use spatula to get as much soap out of crocks pot as possible

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