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Friday, 29 May 2015


How a liquid soap production company could be started from a tiny kitchen.
a staff at Shola's soap making factory
1The dream of most new graduates is to work in a profitable and reputable Company or institution, but that is not the case for Olushola Ogundamisi. A graduate of Agric from the University of Benin(uniben). For Olushola his dream was to set up a soap making company that would rival the big names in the production of soap in Nigeria, This Dream was what later saw the birth of "SHOLA" the name of his local soap making business which he started from the tiny kitchen of his little self contain apartment. He started off supplying unlabeled "SHOLA" liquid soap to his co-tenants and coursemates, he did this patiently for a better part of his days in the university just earning enough to keep the business going. but according to him the light shined on his way in his fourth year in school, when through some stroke of good luck his product got into the right hand and he was asked to supply the universities sanitation department with his product. at this point in time Shola needed to employ more hands in the production and distribution so he employed a part time staff( his landord's son) to help him with the production and distribution of the soap. with more income comes more responsibility so on 0ctober 20th 2013 Shola registered his company in the Nigerian coperate affairs commission, he got his NAFDAC registration that same year and became the CEO of a registered Nigerian Company just Two weeks after his Formal Graduation from the University.

In Our exclusive interview with Shola in His liquid soap making factory In The Ancient City of Benin Our main focus was how did you get here? We where able to collect enough information from Shola to hep you set up your make shift soap making company.

Liquid soap as the name implies, is soap in liquid form. It is a cleansing agent and it is a multi-purpose cleanser.
Liquid soap is also known as liquid detergent. It has the ability to emulsify oils and hold dirt in suspension. Liquid detergents (Soap) share same properties with solid detergents. A detergent is expected to consist of the surface-active agents or ingredients which are the essential ingredients and subsidiary ingredients (supplementing ingredients).
In all detergents, the surface-active agent forms the most important part of the detergent. All the ingredients needed in the production of liquid soap (liquid detergents) will be listed here.

Note: in this lesson we hope to learn a multi-purpose liquid soap. That is, one that can be used for basic cleansing like: washing of plates, cars, laundry etc.

Equipments and Materials Needed for the Local production of Liquid Soap.
Materials (chemicals) Needed For The Production Of 20 Litres Of Liquid Detergent (soap)

  • Sulphonic acid..............1 litre

  • Soda ash...................1/2 tin milk cup

  • Texapon...........................5-6 teaspoonfuls

  • Formaline........................5-7 teaspoonfuls (optional)

  • Perfume(Fragrance) desired.

  • SLS. (Sodium laurate sulphate)..........................5-6 teaspoonfuls

  • S.T.P.P (sodium Tripolyphosphate).............5-6 teaspoonfuls,

  • desired

  • Water........................19 litres


  • Containers (Plastic bowls)

  • Hand gloves

  • Nose mask

  • Stirring rod (Turning Stick)

    -Dissolve the caustic soda with 1 litre of water and allow to stay for 30 minutes to 1hr or over night.

    -Dissolve soda ash in 1 litre of water and allow to stay for 30min/hr or over night.

    -Get your sulphonic acid, pour inside an empty bowl, and add your perfume (fragrance) to it and the texapoon, then add like 3-4 litres of water and stir very well for about 5 - 10 minutes.

    -Dissolve the SLS with 2 tin milk cups of water

    -Dissolve the STPP with 2 tin milk cups of water also

    -Get the Nitrosol but if it is C.M.C you’re using, make sure it is dissolved 2 days to the preparation of the soap with 4-5 litres of water. If you are using Nitrosol, it's used instantly (as in, no need soaking it down).

    -Get the Nitrosol that has been dissolved in water or the C.MC. that has been dissolved 2 days to the preparation of the soap.

    -Add the dissolved sulphonic acid, texapon and perfume to either the Nitrosol or C.MC depending on the one you are using and stir very well.

    -Add the already dissolved caustic Soda and stir very well.
    Add the already dissolved soda ash and stir properly.

    -Add formalin to the content and stir properly.

    -Add the dissolved S.T.P.P and stir.

    -Add the dissolved SLS to the content.
    stir thoroughly for smoothness and blend

    -Dissolve your colourant in water and ensure that the colourant is completely dissolved, then add it to the solution and stir thoroughly.

    -Add some quantity of water to the mixture, depending on the thickness of the mixture.
    Leave the mixture for some hours or preferably till the following day and then package for use or for sale.

    Packaging options(pics)

    labeled pet bottles filled with liquid soaps for sale

    bottled water cans filled with liquid soap for sale.