How to Produce Powder Soap or Detergent At Home

Powdery soap or detergent are mostly used in the washing of clothe, mopping of floors and many other applications that the user might deem fit. You are advised to ensure that you keep strictly to the formulation given in this short guide below:


  • Below are the equipment needed for the production of powder detergent.
  • Drier and pulveriser (mesh net)
  • Mixer with stirrer
  • Casting moulds
  • Heater
  • Cutter (knife)
  • Shaping machine
  • Stamping machine
  • Hydrometer
  • Weighing scale
  • Measuring container
  • Packaging materials

Note: that these equipment are only required when you want to go into large scale production. For beginners, you can start producing with basic household tools and a few other cheap stuff.


  • Chemicals and the required quantity
  • Palm kernel oil or fatty acid 4 LITRES
  • Caustic soda 1 KG
  • Soda ash 2 KG
  • Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) ½ LITRES
  • Ammonium 30 MILI LITRES (MLS)
  • Industrial salt (Na2CO3) 150 MLS
  • Colourant TO TASTE
  • Perfume TO TASTE
  • Foaming agent 250 MLS
  • Sulphuric acid 30 MLS

Prepare the caustic soda solution as described in the production of laundry soap and ensure that the density is at the stated value.

Allow to stand for three days (72 hrs) minimum. You can allow it to stand for more than three days if you want but should not use when it is not up to 3 days.

The reason why some powdery detergent is corrosive is because the caustic soda did not blend long enough in water before starting the production process.

Add the soda ash to the caustic soda solution and stir very well until uniformly blended

Pour the palm kernel oil into the mixture and add the colourant while stirring vigorously (only in clockwise direction) till it blends well.

Add the hydrogen peroxide, ammonium, industrial salt, fuming agent and the perfume into the mixture above.

Pour into a dryer for drying or spread under the sun to dry

After drying pulverize or grate and then sieve.

Package into sachets for the market

As someone started out small and new, you will have to remove shyness and pride in order for you to make it successful as an entrepreneur.

Your best marketing strategy is to make use of your existing connections like- Church members, neighbors, close friends, family, and then try meeting people at motor packs near you, market women; start with your customer and tell her to refer your product to other market women she's close to....always ask for referral in order to grow your marketing environment and offer you can create an incentive system to reward customer who buys your product consistently for say 3 months.

You can buy kitchen utensil, plates, food flask, spoons, recharge card, clock, etc at discount prices and give to your dedicated customers at the end of each business quarter.

This will motivate more sales for you

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