Picture of How to Make Bacon Soap
intro shot.jpg
Soap can be made from just about any kind of fat. Even though fat from bacon, called lard, isn't the finest of fats to use for making soap, it somehow seemed to be the most exciting. Why? Because bacon is amazing. It has an almost mystical power to it and is a food that can be craved to almost no end. I figured what better way use the extra grease I had from cooking bacon then to turn it into soap!

If you like this instructable, Digg it!

Then check out episodes one, two, three, four, five, and

Step 1: Find Bacon Fat

Picture of Find Bacon Fat
You can get bacon fat from a variety of sources. I got my bacon fat from working as a white water rafting guide over the summer. Day three of a five day rafting trip means bacon for breakfast, lots of it. I collected the rendered fat in plastic water bottles with the original intention of using the grease to make a bacon fat bomb - basically a concentrated grease fire, but what didn't get used to make grease bombs followed me home and sat on the shelf for a while. After cooking bacon a few times in my house, I had a little more than a quart of rendered bacon fat ready to go.

You can render your own bacon fat by just cooking bacon - I would cook up at least 10 pounds of bacon if you want to render enough fat to make a sizable batch of soap (my one liter of fat came from around 10 pounds of bacon and yielded about a dozen bacon soap strips and about another dozen small to medium sized bars. You can cook less bacon if you want to make less soap.

The fattier the bacon you buy for this the better results you will have. Also, cooking it on the stove in a pan is going to be the way to go here - don't try any microwave tricks, you won't render nearly as much fat. Don't worry if lots of black and brown bacon bits get into your rendered fat, they can be purified out later.

You can also buy lard directly at the grocery store - although something about just buying the lard without the bacon seemed to be like cheating when doing something as epic as turning bacon into soap, but if you want to save some time and money - buying the lard direct would be the way to go.

***Note: I have found that a good way to clean dirty bacon fry pans is to pour old coffee grounds into the pan (this was taught to me on the river), let it sit for a bout half an hour and then do some scrubbing. The blackened crud on the bottom of the pan comes off much easier this way than if you try to attack it head on.***

If you're going to be saving your bacon fat over any length of time, get yourself a nice big plastic or glass jar. Remember to let the fat cool a little before pouring it into your container so you don't crack or melt it.
« Previous41-80 of 230Next »
I was thinking you could use some of those antique cast iron or steel muffin pans. Some are made in unusual shapes.
forra4 years ago
I`m a part time teacher in vocational school in Finland and we made soap in our laboratory. The used oil should be long chained fat. for example risin oil.(not sure for the right translate). we also added salt(NaCl). but when you make soap in home I ques the salt containing in the household water is enough.
thepelton forra4 years ago
The salt or other additives to the local water would vary from one area to another. I recall that there was a distinct aroma of sulfur in the tap water in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
forra thepelton4 years ago
and i just found out that the meaning of adding salt is to help separate the formed glycerin. so it is not necessary.
Kinetic4 years ago
Finally! I've always wanted to know how to make bacon soap!
wkter4 years ago
Not very Muslim friendly, I suppose...
thepelton wkter4 years ago
And definitely traif... Not Kosher.
Mandrew wkter4 years ago
Only if you plan on eating it.
thepelton4 years ago
A bacon fat bomb sounds kind of nasty and anarchistic. I'm glad you decided to go to making soap.
seabananers4 years ago
yo momma so greasy she uses bacon to wash herself sorry but i needed to say that
i havent laughed once today and that just made my day!
er04014 years ago
Those are on the door(hopefully)don't worry
Batness4 years ago
Recently I've been trying to collect bacon fat, and discovered that a George Foreman grill (or any of those types of things) works great. Because it's at an angle, all the fat from grillin' the bacon drains right off into a nice little tray. Even has an indent for a spout for easy pouring.

"Brian reported that it felt nice and there wasn't too strong of an odor as he used it. I was afraid that after washing your hands with the soap that you would need to wash your hands again to get the bacon soap off - but that wasn't the case, he dried his hands and left the bathroom."

How strong exactly IS the odor? I'm wondering if the bacon-bits are what adds most of the smell or not. :) And is there any residual bacon-y scent after washing with the soap? I love the "travel piggy soaps."
Zashi6 years ago
When I first saw this, I thought it would be like the soap in Invader Zim.

Zim: GIR! Why is there bacon in the soap?!
GIR: Ah made it mahself!! _

But then again, that would be simple. Put bacon into soap mold. Pour soap.
capnmckay Zashi4 years ago
+100 points for invader zim referance XP
I was totally thinking the same thing.
brin5 years ago
Geez, I thought it said SOUP/////
HAHA lol i almost did too
Having problems finding Lye? Make your own! Take boiling water and run it through ashes from your wood stove and what comes out is country-style Lye!
This is a great way to make your own lye, it's true. However unless you purchase PH strips to test the PH of the lye it's difficult to quantify how much you need for vs. the amount of fat or oil. And even then it's difficult. The Old Fashioned soaps of ages past were VERY lye infused, leaving a very caustic, itchy, and burdensome soap.
Amazingly my grandmother (early 1900's-1947) made lye without PH strips and so did everybody else. The traditional way to make strong lye is to run water through hardwood ashes in a wooden or stone hopper, straining it through straw (plastic bucket with holes in the bottom today. Coffee filters would work but get clogged easily. Run the water through ashes until it just floats a fresh egg, or boil it down till it will do this. This is the correct concentration to make soap. Wear eye protection and rubber gloves. If it gets on your skin immediately rinse with water, then flood with vinegar, either apple cider or white, won't matter. If your skin feels slippery you need more vinegar. The home made is as caustic as commercial. Don't do in copper or brass. You should get potassium hydroxide instead of sodium hydroxide lye, or potash as it was called. Makes good soap, works in hard water as well as soft.
While this is all true I must still point out: most of the 'Old Fashioned' typical soaps were HEAVILY infused with lye whether using the 'egg trick' or not. The 'Old Timers' were more interested in making a soap that 'worked' rather than a soap that didn't burn when you used it.
steelsmith ? moar like soapsmith! lol. good advice, hmm maybe a quick ible to go along with this one? you and noah could link to each other. Umm, around here a hopper is those big dumpsters in the back of stores and such. so...yeah. also what happens if the lye touches metal? especially copper or brass?
penelopyrcm5 years ago
I love it! This is what happens on week long trips in the wilderness :)
Evil_Steve6 years ago
A Great way to render bacon fat without cooking it off and making a messy pan is to use the oven. Just use a sheet pan and a cooling rack. Put the cooling rack in the sheet pan and place the bacon on the rack. Set your oven to 400 and put the bacon in. The fat drains down into the pan and you get perfectly crisp bacon, and since the fat isn't in direct heat from the burner, it doesn't burn off.
I also cook bacon in the oven in a sheet pan; but I like soft bacon, not crisp, so I don't use a rack. Either way is a GREAT way to make bacon for a crowd; or cook a pound till it's almost done, and then nuke a couple pieces when you want to eat them. (Wrap in a paper towel and nuke ~10 seconds.) I line the pan with tin foil and spray with Pam--no cleanup! And I can save the fat if I want to. Not sure I'd want to make soap out of it...but then again it might be a great way to attract men! ;-)
Ian.G7 years ago
Human fat makes the best soap.
bustedit Ian.G5 years ago
not entirely correct...human fat makes the best soap for HUMAN use, but pig fat works best for cleaning your pig.
he speaks truth
M0THER Ian.G5 years ago
I think I love you
you are digusting
I know, eh?
Mr.Kiite5 years ago
Ryuk05 years ago
Why was there bacon in the soap!?!?! I made it my self!
daltonjcw6 years ago
my mom does this!!! also bacon vodka
WAIT!!!! HOLD THE PHONE!!!!! BACON F-ING VODKA??!?!?!?!? POST NOW!!! (sorry for caps it's just....overjoyment hits me like a tornado...)
sometomato5 years ago
ACTUALLY, this kind of soap is really great for a lot of things.  My grandfather used to make this back in the 50s and 60s, and the family members still have some left.   It is great for getting paint out of paintbrushes, hands or clothing, pre-treating stains for laundry, for any kind of cleaning in which you need to cut through grease.  I use it in the studio, the art room, the kitchen and the bathroom regularly.  It doesn't seem to be too harsh on my hands and leaves the paintbrushes soft.  I think it is the original soap recommended for washing right after exposure to poison ivy or oak.   Ours doesn't smell of bacon, and my grandfather made it in big pans, then cut it into big chunks.   Only thing I have found negative is that mice really LOVE it, so you have to keep it in some kind of mouse-proof container.
christyk305 years ago
that is just nasty
 if by nasty, you mean delicious.
Colonel885 years ago
« Previous41-80 of 230Next »