How to Make Natural Rubber Latex at Home

Updated on June 26, 2019
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How to make rubber at home from your own rubber plant!
How to make rubber at home from your own rubber plant! | Source

Rubber is a raw material used in the making of many common flexible items. It is pliable because of its unique chemical composition; it's considered an elastomer. An elastomer is characterized by the ability to regain its original shape after bearing and releasing a load. In nature, the hyper-elasticity of the tree helps it survive.

Rubber has a wide range of industrial uses. It is used to make tyres and household products. It is also used in textile manufacturing.

There are two types of rubber:

  1. Natural rubber
  2. Synthetic rubber

In this article, you will learn how to make natural rubber at home. Information about how natural and synthetic rubber differ can be found below the tutorial.

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Sap catch from a tapped rubber tree.Rubber trees with attached sap catchers.A sap collector attached to a rubber tree.
Sap catch from a tapped rubber tree.
Sap catch from a tapped rubber tree. | Source
Rubber trees with attached sap catchers.
Rubber trees with attached sap catchers.
A sap collector attached to a rubber tree.
A sap collector attached to a rubber tree.

Making Natural Rubber at Home Is Easy

Making natural rubber from latex is surprisingly easy. It can be made by simply mixing the sap from a rubber tree with juice from another plant. The following is a procedure for making natural rubber.

Required Materials

To make rubber at home you need the following things:

  • Rubber tree sap, freshly taken from the tree
  • Juice from a Morning Glory plant
  • A knife
  • A tapping spout
  • A wooden stick
  • A bucket
  • A container

How to Make Homemade Natural Rubber Latex

  1. First, get the sap from the rubber tree. Observe the trunk of the tree and try to find spots with hardened sap.
  2. Once you have found a spot of hardened sap, slice off the hardened exterior to obtain the soft, liquid sap underneath. Use a knife to slice off the excess layers of hardened sap.
  3. Make a small hole where you've cut off the rough exterior, using a knife to assist in inserting the tapping spout.
  4. Hang the bucket on the hook of the tapping spout and leave it in place until you have collected a reasonable amount of sap. If you fail to collect the sap on the first tap, repeat the entire process again.
  5. Extract the juice from the Morning Glory by simply breaking its vines and drawing the juice out.
  6. Mix the sap obtained from the tree and the Morning Glory juice.
  7. Using the wooden stick, stir the mixture. Stir until it becomes thick and sticky.
  8. The latex is now prepared. Store it in a plastic container.

Once the latex is prepared, it can be used for creating many items. See? It's easy for you to make natural rubber latex. All you need are the Morning Glories and rubber tree in your garden.

Sap Coming Out of a Rubber Plant
Sap Coming Out of a Rubber Plant

What Is Natural Rubber?

Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand are responsible for around 72% of all natural rubber production. Natural rubber is made from the sap collected from some trees (commonly rubber plants, Hevea brasiliensis). Chemicals are added to this 'sap', or liquid natural latex, to stiffen the final product. Ficus elastica is a rubber plant more commonly used for natural rubber production in the home.

A Rubber Tyre
A Rubber Tyre

What Is Synthetic Rubber?

Synthetic rubber is an artificially produced elastomer with the same elasticity as natural rubber.

This synthetic elastomer is a polymer derived from the combination of several monomers. The monomers are formed by reacting petroleum with different chemicals. Some common types of synthetically manufactured rubber are given below:

  • BR (butadiene rubber)
  • SBR (styrene-butadiene rubber)
  • IIR (butyl rubber or halo-butyl rubber)

Rubber bands in a ball illustrated the elastomeric properties of manufactured latex.
Rubber bands in a ball illustrated the elastomeric properties of manufactured latex.

Natural Rubber vs. Synthetic Rubber

Natural rubber and synthetic rubber cost about the same. They are preferred over one another on the sole basis of characteristics and properties. For example, the ratio of synthetic to natural rubber in car tyres is greater than that of heavy-duty truck tyres because the vehicles experience radically different wear and tear.

Generally, synthetic rubber is used in making hoses, belts, gaskets, moldings and other small parts. Natural rubber is primarily used to make footwear, balloons and toys.

In general, synthetic rubber is preferred over natural rubber due to its extreme durability; however, making natural rubber is much easier than the complex synthesis required to make synthetic rubber.

Creating several monomers to make a polymer of synthetic latex is a grueling process. Natural rubber, on the other hand, can very easily be prepared, even at home.

Natural Rubber
Synthetic Rubber
Extremely durable
Easy to synthesize
Complex synthesis for end result
Can make at home
Requires industrial space for synthesis
The comparative qualities of synthetic versus natural rubber.

Now that you can make natural rubber latex at home, get creative! You can make non-slip stickies for kitchen appliances, simple stretchy toys out of molds and letter seals. Post about your elastomeric creations in the comments below!

Making Natural Rubber From Sap


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      Abdul S K aquil 

      4 months ago

      Very informative and detailed description .Thank you

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      9 months ago

      Thank you so much for this information, you really did a great job clarifying the differences and your word choice was just excellent. Your writing type was very smooth and helped me clearly understand how each rubber was made. Thank you for the helpful infor

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      16 months ago

      How do you even get sap? I can’t find any. Do you buy it at a store?

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      19 months ago

      How to make rubber?!!!!!???

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      -Florence Pesce 

      23 months ago

      Thank you for your information. It is helpful to be able to learn answers to questions we have.

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      al gayawi mai fitila 

      2 years ago

      it's good using bead for making your own plastic

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      3 years ago

      is there a place where I can buy these matierals

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      3 years ago

      Good article. Missing some important details. Lets have sec.

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      5 years ago

      It's very useful info,but unfortunately here is no rubber's trees available hahah

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      8 years ago

      What is used for the hardener?

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      8 years ago

      How to you make rubber!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      9 years ago

      Thank you! This is very good info.

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      Manna in the wild 

      10 years ago from Australia

      Nice info. I like the odd ball how-to articles.


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