How to Make Herbal Soap Using Akapulko & Guava

Herbal soap is a kind of soap mixed with natural ingredients, juice or extract and vitamins from medicinal plants.

Prepare the following utensils:

  • Plastic pail
  • Wooden ladle or bamboo stick
  • Glass or cup
  • Mortar and pestle
  • Cheese cloth or strainer
  • Knife
  • Chopping board
  • Cooking pot (preferably made of clay, enamel, stainless or glass)
  • Stove
  • Plastic molders

How to Prepare a Decoction:

  1. Wash the leaves thoroughly and chop or cut in small pieces.
  2. Measure 1 glass of chopped fresh leaves and 2 glasses of water.
  3. Let it boil for 15 minutes (start timing when the water starts to boil).
  4. After 15 minutes, remove from fire and strain in a cheesecloth. Set aside and let it cool.


  • 1 glass Caustic Soda (NaOH)
  • 3 glasses Akapulko or Guava decoction, cooled
  • 5 glasses cooking oil
  • coloring powder (optional)


  1. Prepare the materials and the utensils needed.
  2. Measure 1 glass of caustic soda and 3 glasses of Akapulko or Guava decoction and pour into a plastic pail.
  3. Mix well by stirring continuously using a wooden ladle or bamboo stick. Use only one direction in mixing the mixture. Stir until the caustic soda is dissolved.
  4. Pour 5 glasses cooking oil into the mixture.
  5. Continue stirring until a consistency of a condensed milk is achieved.
  6. Pour the soap mixture into desired plastic molders. Set aside and let it cool to harden.
  7. After 4-5 hours, remove the soap from the molder.
  8. Allow 30 days of ageing before packing. Label the soaps.


  • Akapulko leaves – anti-fungal
  • Guava leaves – antiseptic for wounds



  1. By Barbara Rase


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