liquid detergent business plan download. Soap manufacturing is a lucrative business only rivaled by mineral mining. Soap is the fastest moving and the most widely used commodity in the world and particularly Kenya.Cooking oil, salt and onions follow in that order. This probably explains why most laundry soaps are made by oil refinery companies
HOW START LIQUID DETERGENT BUSINESS
Clean water, oil, caustic soda (lye or sodium hydroxide). You can use a glass mixing jug, plastic bowl, simple thermometer, weighing scale and ordinary spoons
Palm oil -ksh 90 per kg
caustic soda -ksh 100 per kg
PROCEDURE TO MAKE SOAP: LIQUID DETERGENT BUSINESS
First you will need to measure some 500 Grams water on your weighing scale and also weigh some 200 Grams caustic soda separately. Then put the water first in your glass jar followed by the caustic soda as you stir gently. Leave the mixture to settle for a few minutes.
Now measure some 750 grams of oil in a separate container (preferably a large bowl). Use a thermometer to check the temperature level of the caustic + water mixture and compare this with the temperature of your oil.
If the oil’s temperature is lower, then you will need to warm it a little bit until it matches the level of caustic + water mixture.
Add caustic water to the oil bowl gently to prevent splashing while stirring lightly. Keep stirring until the mixture turns thick whitish.
Pour this whitish mixture into a container so as to mold your soap into the desired shape. If you want a round soap put in a round container. If you want box shape, use boxed container. Cover this container and wrap it inside a warm blanket or towel…leave for 24 hours.
In just 24 hours you will have your fresh bar of soap…but that will not be ready for use yet. You will need to give it the next 4 weeks to cure after which it’ll be ready for use
SOAP MAKING MACHINE: LIQUID DETERGENT BUSINESS
A good soap making machine will cost you approximately Ksh250,000.
A commercial machine costs around ksh 550,000
SOAP BUSINESS COMMENT: LIQUID DETERGENT BUSINESS
Over many years in business consultancy, I have noticed one thing with almost all the people who come for our advice concerning soap business venture: uncertainty and fear of starting.
Over 95% of them ask this question: Can I really succeed in this (soap making) business on such a “competitive” market? The other question that we get from these clients is this: “Does this business need (read require) big capital and space”?
Obviously, what I immediately conclude from these questions is fear of competition (among them) from the big players like Pwani Life, Menengai Oil Refineries, Bidco, Unilever and Kappa Oil Refinaries. The above mentioned companies are five among seven prominent players in soap making business in Kenya. They own leading laundry soap brands like Ushindi, Kuku, Panga, Menengai, White Star, White Wash, Sunlight, Key etc.
It is quite interesting to learn that only nine (9) laundry soap brands dominate the Kenyan Market of over 40 million people. Assuming that every Kenyan bathes once at any time of the day, and does home laundry at least twice weekly, then you don’t need to be a great mathematician to guess the enormous amount of cash that Kenyans spend on only the 9 brands.