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How To Start Commercial Soap Production Business In Nigeria

How To Start Commercial Soap Production Business In Nigeria
Learning how to start a soap production business is one good step any Nigerian interested in achieving his/her financial freedom should take.
Every family has a series of products they don't do without, among them are soaps (which we all use bathing or washing of our clothes), detergents, liquid soaps, bleaches and many more. If you are able to learn how to produce any or even many of these, you'll be amazed at the amount of money you'll be making daily from the sales.


There are many different types of soaps like the toilet and medicated soaps which are used for bathing, liquid soaps like morning fresh which we use for washing our dishes, washing soaps and detergents which most families use for their clothes.
You can also see the multi-purpose soaps like Klin, Baby ad Me, Sunlight, B-29 and many similar ones that can b used for washing plates, doing our laundries and even bathing. Today, we'll be discussing on how to start the production of toilet soap in Nigeria but you can check out our article on how to start liquid soap production business in Nigeria.

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Step-By-Step Guide On How To Start Commercial Soap Production In Nigeria

There are many things you need to know about commercial soap production before venturing into it. Many people ask things like:
  • How profitable is commercial soap production: As I always say, every business, if done well is profitable. Every family uses soap on daily basis but not every family produces soap. In fact, you can count how many soap companies are present in Imo State or other Nigerian states. Majority of soap brands I see around are produced in Lagos State.
  • How will I get my raw materials: You can purchase them from the local markets. For example, the palm oil is present in every market while other materials like caustic soda and perfumes can be gotten from supermarkets. All that really matter is the originality of the materials.
  • Who will be my target market: You can target the local distributors around you. As there are already many brands around, you'll have to do enough publicity in the early stages of your business. You can also approach big supermarkets and convince them on how good your soaps are. Hotels and boarding schools are also good places to target. 
  • Who will be my competitors and how will I beat them: We all know the big soap brands that we see around. You should focus on ways you can make your soaps better than the already existing ones. Try making your labels attractive, get a good graphics designer and a female that would stand as a brand ambassador.
These are some common questions people usually ask about soap production. We were able to gather them from comments and posts in other blogs and forums, if you still have any, feel free to drop them in the comment box below.

Materials Needed For Soap Production

Some things you'd be needing include:
  • Caustic soda
  • Perfume
  • Sodium sulphate
  • Sodium silicate
  • Pine oil
  • Phenol
  • Colorant

Different Equipment You'd Be Needing

Different equipment that are needed for soap production include:
  • Nylon
  • Scrapper
  • Face and nose mask
  • Hydrometer or litmus paper (this is for testing the acidity or alkalinity, you can increase the acidity by using soda or alkalinity by using industrial salt)
  • Funnel
  • Table
  • Mould
  • Water
  • Stamp (this is optional but necessary if you have a brand, most commercial soaps use it)

How To Produce Soap

We'll make the steps short and quick, so the next time you won't have to use any paper. 
  • The first step in soap production is to dissolve the caustic soda. You can use the litmus paper or hydrometer for testing the acidity, keep it at around 12.50-12.75.
  • The next step is to add the soda solution, keep it at a ratio of 1:2.
  • After that, add your pine oil and phenol together.
  • Then next will be the perfume and colorant.
  • Add your sodium silicate.
Your almost done, the next thing will be to pour the solution into a mould and leave for 5 hours. This will make it solid, finally cut into your desired size and put the stamp if you have one.
Soap production is very easy and any body can engage in it irrespective of sex or religion, it also doesn't require much capital. You can also start small and expand as your business gets popular and income increases.

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