Here in this post, we are going to bring to you a well-researched guide on steps to produce powder detergent in Nigeria.
Everything in Nigeria is becoming so expensive and people are unable to afford the prices of commodities in the market, from groceries to foodstuffs to clothes to home appliances.
People are looking for a way out but many may not know how. It is better if you can produce most of the things used in your houses, like soaps, body cream, perfumes, detergent and perfumes.
In this article, we will be looking at how to produce powder detergent. With the way prices of things are escalating on a daily basis, one would be scared if we will be able to afford the basic things a home needs.
A big-sized of detergent is sold at almost 1,500 naira currently. But there was a time we could get the big size of detergent for 600naira but things have changed, so if things change and we are seeing the increase of prices of home items such as detergent go up, we too should look for a means to make changes.
People who may wish to make their own detergent to cut down on the expenses in getting the popular detergents we all buy.
I’m sure you are interested on how to produce powder detergent in Nigeria. Going by the present economic situation of the country, one can buy the idea of producing your own detergent to help boost your income and also make you use your own self produced detergent which will not cost as much as the popular detergents we know and it will also be in a greater quantity.
So you can decide to produce your own detergent and make some good profits from it so long as you don’t give an expensive price, remember you are a newcomer seeking entry into a market.
There are so many brand of detergents in Nigeria. Also, there are various producers of powder detergents who are not the bigwigs in detergent production we know; you may have heard of WAW detergent, Good Mama detergent and the other likes who have just made way into the market by just starting small and yet they perform better than most of the big names we know in the detergent industry.
Opportunities in the market
Detergent production in Nigeria is a a very lucrative business. Just as the few detergent producers who have ventured into the business have made a name for themselves, you too may have to do the same thing or even better than what they did to get to where they are now. So you have to only try with some efforts.
Target market and Competition
We had earlier organized a training on how to produce detergent soap in Nigeria. The training was very helpful. There are a lot of homes which are in need of detergents in Nigeria. Your primary target market will be the average Nigerian home and also individuals who are willing to try out a new product for change at a reduced price. But your product has to be good and effective to encourage your customers to come again. Competition cannot be avoided as you will not be new to this market, there are other products in the market so you have to do your best to gain entry into the market and head to towards the top. That is why it is important to have an effective product to make your customers want to try you again.
Now you may want to start this business on a small scale to produce for yourself, but it would also pay you if you produce, package and sell to others around you and even to shops around you.
How do you go about the production of powder detergent? Here it is;
Steps to start the production of powder detergent
1. Do you need any formal knowledge or experience?
No you do not need formal experience, just know what you need to get and then follow the right procedures towards the production of the powder detergent.
Most of the materials needed are chemicals and will need extra care in handling so you need to know this before going into the production. Follow the this guide on how to make detergent omo in Nigeria.
2. Raw materials of detergent powder
Detergent powder ingredients – These are the materials which you will need to make a powder detergent;
- Caustic soda
- Light soda ash
- Palm kernel oil
- Sodium sulphate
- Sulphuric acid
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Ammonia solution
You can get these materials who from a nearby market even though most of them may have local names given to them in the market, so it is better to go to a popular market in the capital city.
3. Equipment needed
There are a list of equipment which you will need to make your production a success, without these equipment, you cannot make your powder detergent, these are;
- 2 fermenting tanks or 2 large rubber bowls
- Drying machine
- Grinding machine or grater
- Mixing tank or Bucket
- Scale or measuring cup
- Mixer or a Mixing stick
- Rubber gloves
All these equipment serve their own different purposes so pay attention as i tell you their own functions to the production process.
Let me give you a quick procedure on how to process this powder detergent:
- Put your caustic soda into one of the fermenting tanks. Add four litres of water. Stir thoroughly; then cover tightly and leave to ferment for 2days.
- Put the light soda ash, kaolin and sodium sulphate into the fermenting tank and add 3 litres of water. Stir thoroughly, cover tightly and keep aside for 24 hours to allow for fermentation.
- After about 2 days, set up the heating system and pour in the palm kernel oil. You can also use groundnut or vegetable oil. Add colour and allow it to heat. Make sure you heat properly and then allow it to cool.
- Set up the mixer and gradually pour in the fermented caustic soda.
- Gradually add the fermented light soda ash as you continue mixing
- Add the sulphuric acid gradually as the mixing continues
- Then add the hydrogen peroxide and ammonia solution as you continue to mix
- Add your perfume and mix continuously for about 5 minutes. Allow it to stay for about 5 hours for the mixture to settle.
- After settling, transfer the mixture to the drying machine and allow to get dry
- Grind the mixture after it is all dried up and then package for usage or sale.
4. Best location for the business
Your location should be in a densely populated area so as to get the right number customers. You can do this from the comfort of your home if you wish to start on a small scale, But if you wish to start on a medium or large scale then you need to get your own space.
Choose somewhere within the capital city of the state you reside in and it should be around where the population is reasonably high.
5. Funding needed
This depends on the way you want to start, if you are starting small or producing for home use, it will not cost you much. But if you want to start producing in commercial quantity, then you need more funds. You can access loans from the banks, provided you have collateral or startup from your available savings.
6. Registration of Business
You will need a name for your product to make it classy and unique, that is why your business has to be registered by the corporate affairs commission (CAC), So as to give your brand a distinct name. This approach will help you carve a space for you in the detergent industry.
7. Packaging/ Distribution/Marketing
In this business, your packaging has to matter a lot; you have to give your product an attractive packaging so as to make it unique and different from others, the difference makes you stand out as far as your product is good.
In the aspect of distribution and marketing, this is where the big work is. After producing and packaging, you have to push your goods into the market to make them sell, to make them seen by the customers and then bought by anyone who likes it. So a good distribution plan and strategy is essential and important to your business.
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This would require more than one hand, so it will do you good to engage maybe some family members if you are doing this on a small scale, but if this is to be done on a large scale, you have to employ more hands. With this you are creating employment for the unemployed.
You should be the one in charge of the production, do not let one who has to know about the production process be in charge as this can spoil some things around.
Now you do not need to spend much money getting detergent outside when you can purchase the materials yourself and make your own detergent for your own use.
Even if you do not want to produce for others, make it for your home, test your product, correct any mistakes if any and see yourself saving up some extra money due to you not buying detergents again
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