Here in this post, we are going to give you a detailed guide on steps to produce toilet soap in Nigeria. We hope you find this article useful.
In Nigeria, there are many reasons for people to use soaps in Nigeria, either to bath, wash their hands, clothes and other things. It all depends on what they want.
The use of soaps is now a part of everyday use in Nigeria. Have you ever seen any one that feels comfortable not using soap to bath?
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Absolutely no, And no one feels he/she has done a complete washing if the person didn’t use soap. So soap forms a great part of our everyday life and is therefore sought for by a great number of individuals.
There are also different types of soap which people use; liquid soap, toilet soap, washing soap, beauty soap etc. But in this article, we will be discussing toilet soap and the steps to make toilet soap.
It would amaze you to know that you can make your own soap from the comfort of your own home and make a good soap just as the ones that are being sold in the market.
This could help you cut cost on buying your own soap, so let us talk about why this is a business and why it is profitable.
Toilet Soap Making Profitability
You may want to question yourself how this is profitable, but the truth is that if it is not profitable to others, it can be profitable to you.
This is because you can cut cost on your purchases of soap outside. The amount you do spend in buying soap in a month, you can get it together and buy the necessary materials to make toilet soap and produce your own homemade toilet soap. You could also make toilet soap and sell to others around you as they will be in need of your product, so long as it is good.
There are various producers of toilet soap in Nigeria today so there are just numerous to mention but these few names are the popular names we know like Premier soap, imperial leather and septol, this are top names which are known both in homes and any place that soaps are being used.
Opportunities in the Market
Although there are numerous soaps in the market and you want to think that there are no opportunities for you to enter, but on second thought, new companies and toilet soaps come up every time, so why do they come into this market if there are no opportunities as you suspect? The market is big enough even for a new entry, all you need to do is develop a good marketing strategy and you are good to sell.
Target Market and Competitions
There are a lot of people who will need soap at any time, ranging from working-class individuals, families, students etc. Also offices, hotels, bars, restaurants and eateries, churches will be needing a toilet soap, so there is a wide range of people to supply to, a wide range to reach out to with your product.
Competition is sure to be present as there are many producers in the market, competition will be strong and heavy but you have to embrace it and follow up your products with a good and effective marketing plan. So long as there is competition, you will have to step up and improve at what you produce as time goes on.
Steps to Produce Toilet Soap
1. What Do I Need To Know
There are things you need to know about the things you need to make toilet soap. The major ingredients or materials are chemicals but you have to be careful with the handling of these chemicals as they can be dangerous if not handled with care.
2. Materials Needed
These are the materials which you will need to make your toilet soap:
Palm kernel Oil (PKO) (20litres)
Caustic soda (10litres)
Sodium silicate ( ¼ litre)
Phenol ( ¼ litre)
Pine oil ( ¼ litre)
3. Equipment Needed for Production
For you to carry out the production of toilet soap, you need the following instruments to help you with the production:
Nose and face mask
Litmus paper or hydrometer
A good working table
Litmus paper or hydrometer is used to test for acidity or alkalinity; you can use the soda to increase acidity if it is low and use industrial salt to reduce acidity.
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The procedure is a very short and quick procedure which you can follow without looking at any book or paper, this is it;
Dissolve the caustic soda first. Use the hydrometer to test for acidity, keep it at around 12.50 – 12.75
Then add the required quantity of soda solution to PKO at a ratio of 1:2
Then add phenol and pine oil together
Then add your colorant and perfume
Then add the sodium silicate
Then pour it into a mould and leave it for 5hours to get solid.
Then cut to your size and put your stamp (optional)
And you have produced your own toilet soap.
There are no technologies needed for you to produce your own toilet soap. But as you expand your means of production and when your customers are more than you can handle, you may need some larger equipment which will make the work easier for you.
You can set up your soap making house just within your own home, this can suffice for a start, and then as you progress, you can move to another location which allows for more bulky production.
6. Funding Needed
There will not be many funds needed to start up, as the materials can be gotten easily from the market and your equipment are mostly part of what you use at home.
So you will only be spending money on your raw materials majorly. But if you want to start production commercially, you will have to get a loan from banks or financial aids from friends and families.
7. Business Name Registration
You will need to get your toilet soap registered by the corporate affairs commission so it will be recognised as a legal entity and your toilet soap name cannot be used anywhere else.
You might also want to find out if there are any regulatory bodies overseeing the production of soap, so you can get the proper licensing to operate if there is any.
8. Packaging/Distribution and Marketing
A good toilet soap pack is essential, as this will attract your customers to buy from you. You have to pack your toilet soap in an attractive pack.
Try to get your toilet soap to the right people who need it, meet them one on one and convince them to buy from you and why they should buy from you. Word of mouth advertisement tends to work faster for start-up businesses these days.
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There are lots of soap makers in the country today; things are getting more expensive by the day, so the better you learn how to make some of these commodities to reduce your expenses in the market, the better for you.
If at any point you feel perfect with your production and sales, you can decide to expand your toilet soap making business and go into mass production, as this will help you create employment and boost your income. I hope you cue in and begin your own toilet soap making today.
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