Making Soap With Baking Soda Instead Of Lye

Last Updated on July 22, 2022 by Cristina

When it comes to natural ways to make household soap for cleaning and washing, there are many ingredients available to use. And one of the chief ingredients used by many DIY soap makers is lye. But is there another alternative for those looking to avoid the sticky-icky that comes with handling lye? How about making soap with baking soda instead of lye? This is another way to go about making DIY homemade cleaning agents without too much stress. 

Why Avoid Lye?
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Making Soap With Baking Soda Instead Of Lye

There are many reasons why most soap makers add lye to their products. For one, the natural fat contained in the lard is known to help moisturize the skin. But it is for this same reason that many people look to avoid it in their cosmetics. Too much fat and could spell doom for the skin. And if you suffer skin sensitivity, you have every right to look for safer alternatives.

Although most cosmetic products containing the compound have been diluted to reverse the harsh effects on the skin, making soap with lye can damage the skin. And if you do choose to use it at home, you want to make sure to follow all safety precautions with soap manufacture.

Baking Soda In Soap Manufacture

The fine white powder of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) is highly effective in skincare and beauty. And as such is widely used in making organic homemade soap and washing products. Including baking soda in the mix helps with the saponification process resulting in a hard bar you can work with. This also helps to influence the lather, so you don’t get a soft concoction that doesn’t do much washing.

When it comes to using making soap with baking soda instead of lye, there are safety procedures you want to follow. But the good part is you get to avoid most of the harsh effects on the skin, unlike when you use lye.

Why Consider Baking Soda In Your Soap

There are many ways baking soda could be effective in soap manufacture, and if you wonder just how, below are reasons to include them in your laundry products.

Treat Yeast Infection

Whether you use them in a baking soda bath by including them in your bath water or mix it in your soap ingredients, you indeed will find them helpful for the skin. Want relief from all the swelling and itching from a yeast infection? You can trust baking soda to help kill the candida cells responsible for the spread.

Why Consider Baking Soda In Your Soap

Skin Infections

In addition to yeast infections, you will also find baking soda to help deal with many other skin challenges. You could choose to add it to your bath water or soap making to help deal with psoriasis, eczema, fungal, and nail infections. It will also help treat nappy rash in babies and as a drawing salve to get out splinters, so yes, it has many benefits for the skin.

Making Soap With Baking Soda Instead Of Lye

Want to use baking soda in your soap instead of lye, you would have to switch out lye for something milder. And this case, we will be making use of essential oils instead of lye. However, you will have to wait a while for it to harden. If you don’t mind the time, you can be sure to get the quality you desire. Below is the simple procedure for making homemade soap with baking soda.


  • A bowl of baking soda
  • 5-10 drops of essential oil (eucalyptus, lavender, or rose)
  • Container for keeping your soap
  • Water
  • Spoon for stirring

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  • The first step is to pour the baking soda into the container. You want to allow a little room for stirring, so halfway full should be enough.
  • Slowly add in the water until you notice a paste.
  • Add in a few drops of your essential oil of choice and stir. It is best to go for mild options that help improve skin therapy. I find eucalyptus, lavender, cinnamon, and Frankincense are some of the best options for the skin. You could also use any suitable essential oil for skin in your soap making. You want to ensure it does not leave you with any irritation.
  • Continue stirring and adding more water and baking soda until you achieve a solid form in your container. That’s it; your organic soap is ready for use.

How To Use Safely

All you need is to scoop it out of the container and apply it to the body. Scrub hard with the hands or a mild sponge and rinse after; this should help exfoliate the skin keeping it dirt-free.