To make bar soap, one requires at least 3 kgs of Irish potatoes, 500 grams of caustic soda, 1kg of cooking oil, 300 ml of coconut oil, teaspoon of powdery soap colour or 150 ml of perfume. Therefore the last two ingredients can be added depending on the type of soap to make.
After peeling the potatoes, one need to squash them them using a blender, then boil, sieve and stir as you add cooking oil or fat.
According to Mwendwa, the technology is easy to use and any farmer growing potatoes make soap on the farm. Ivene Chelagat from Total in May Summit is among those who have embraced the soap making business.
The 3kg potatoes and other ingredients will produce 30 bar soaps. Coconut oil and cooking oil, According to Mwendwa, helps to make the soap softer and later soften the skin when using this soap.
Therefore the bar soap will be ready for use after 14 days. The women pack in 250 gram or 1kg packs. Therefore the technology is easy to use and any farmer growing potatoes make soap on the farm.
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